Alessia Tropea

Alessia Tropea got her Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences in 2009 and the PhD (Doctor Europaeus) in “Chemical Sciences” in 2013, discussing a thesis titled   “Second generation bioethanol from agro-food wastes-Cell wall sugar fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae“. During Doctorate, carried out for 18 months at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK, she had been working mainly on bioethanol production and on food waste valorization for obtaining added value products, by carrying out controlled fermentation processes, applying selected microorganisms.

After doctorate, Dr Tropea held Post-Doc positions in Fermentation Chemistry at University of Messina, working on second generation biofuel production by both separate hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF) and simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF). Moreover, she had been working on single cell protein (SCP) and biological molecules production through liquid and solid-state fermentation.

From 2016 to 2021 she has been working as Innovation Promoter at the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Messina.

Since October 2022 she is assistant professor in Fermentation Chemistry (SSD CHIM/11) in the Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, at University of Messina. Her research is focused on fermentation processes implementation for obtaining molecules of biological and industrial interest. Currently she is working on microbial pigments production, by selecting microorganisms, suitable as food/feed supplementation and for third-generation solar cells implementation.

To date she is co-author of 20 scientific publications in indexed journals and of many contributions (oral and poster) presented at national and international congresses.

Dr. Tropea is member of the Topical Advisory Panel of Fermentation, Topic Collection Editor and Guest Editor for Fermentation journal, and for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


  1. Tropea*, T. Gervasi, M.R. Melito, A. Lo Curto and R. Lo Curto. “Does the light influence astaxanthin production in Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous?” Natural Product Research. 2013. 27(7):647-53. doi:10.1080/14786419.2012.688045. ISSN:1478-6419E-ISSN:1478-642.
  2. L. La Torre, A. G. Potortì, M. Saitta, A. Tropea and G. Dugo.”Phenolic profile in selected Sicilian wines produced by different techniques of breeding and cropping methods”. Italian Journal of Food Science. 2014.26: 41-55. ISSN:1120-1770.
  3. Tropea, A*., Wilson, D., Lo Curto, R.B., Dugo, G., Saugman, P., Troy-Davies, P., Waldron, K.W. “Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of lignocellulosic waste material for second generation ethanol production”. Journal of Biological Research. 2015. 88(1):5161-142-143. ISSN:1826-8838EISSN:2284-0230.
  4. Tuttolomondo, G. Dugo, C. Leto, N. Cicero, A. Tropea, G. Virga, R. Leone, M. Licata & S. La Bella. “Agronomical and chemical characterization of Thymbra capitata (L.) Cav. biotypes from Sicily, Italy”. Natural Product Research.2015. 29(14):1289-99. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2014.997726. ISSN:1478-6419E-ISSN:1478-6427.
  5. Tropea*, D. Wilson, N. Cicero, A. G Potortì, G. L La Torre, G. Dugo, D. Richardson, K. W Waldron. “Development of minimal fermentation media supplementation for ethanol production using two Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains”. Natural product research. 2016. 30(9):1009–1016. ISSN:1478-6419E-ISSN:1478-6427.
  6. Lo Turco, V., Di Bella, G., Potortì, A.G., Tropea, A., Casale, E.K., Fede, M.R., Dugo, G. “Determination of plasticisers and BPA in Sicilian and Calabrian nectar honeys by selected ion monitoring GC/MS”.Food Additives and Contaminants – Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment. 33(11):1693-1699. ISSN:1944-0049E-ISSN:1944-0057.
  7. Cicero, N, Naccari, C., Cammilleri, G., Giangrosso, G.,Cicero, A.,Gervasi, T., Tropea, A., Albergamo, A., Ferrantelli, V. “Monitoring of neonicotinoid pesticides in beekeeping”. Natural Product Research. 31(11):1258-1262. ISSN:1478-6419E-ISSN:1478-6427.
  8. Potortί, A.G., Lo Turco, V., Saitta, M., Bua, G.D., Tropea, A., Dugo, G., Di Bella, G. “Chemometric analysis of minerals and trace elements in Sicilian wines from two different grape cultivars”. Natural Product Research. 2017. 31(9):1000-1005. ISSN:1478-6419E-ISSN:1478-6427.
  9. AG Potortì, A Tropea, V Lo Turco, V Pellizzeri, A Belfita, G Dugo & G Di Bella. “Mycotoxins in spices and culinary herbs from Italy and Tunisia”. Natural Product Research. 2019. 34(1):167-171.
  10. V Lo Turco, AG Potortì, A Tropea, G Dugo, G Di Bella. “Element analysis of dried figs (Ficus carica L.) from the Mediterranean areas”. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 2020. 90, 103503.
  11. A Ferracane*, A Tropea* and F Salafia. Production and Maturation of Soaps with Non Edible Fermented Olive Oil and Comparison with Classic Olive Oil Soaps. Fermentation 2021, 7(4), 245.
  12. Tropea, A.*, Potortì, A.G., Lo Turco, V., Russo, E., Vadalà, R., Rando, R., Di Bella, G. Aquafeed production from fermented fish waste and lemon peel. Fermentation 2021, 7(4), 272;
  13. Tropea, A.*; Ferracane, A.*; Albergamo, A.; Potortì, A.G.; Lo Turco, V.; Di Bella, G. Single Cell Protein Production through Multi Food-Waste Substrate Fermentation. Fermentation 2022, 8, 91.
  14. Salafia, F.; Ferracane, A.*; Tropea, A.* Pineapple Waste Cell Wall Sugar Fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Second Generation Bioethanol Production. Fermentation 2022, 8, 100.
  15. Tropea, A. Food Waste Valorization. Fermentation 2022, 8(4), 168;
  16. Tropea, A. Microbial Contamination and Public Health: An Overview. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 10.3390/ijerph19127441.
  17. Tropea*, A. Tisano, A. Bruschetta, D. Borzelli, A. Migliorato, G. Nirta, G. Leonardi, F. Trimarchi, A. Alito. Comparative FE biomechanical and microbial adhesion analyses on an implanted humerus. Journal of Orthopaedics.
  18. Tropea, A. Biofuels Production and Processing Technology. Fermentation 2022, 8, 319. fermentation8070319
  19. Di Bella, G.; Porretti, M.; Albergamo, A.; Mucari, C.; Tropea, A.; Rando, R.; Nava, V.; Lo Turco, V.; Potortì, A.G. Valorization of Traditional Alcoholic Beverages: The Study of the Sicilian Amarena Wine during Bottle Aging. Foods 2022, 11, 2152. 10.3390/foods11142152.
  20. G Di Bella, F Litrenta, S Pino, A Tropea, AG Potortì, V Nava & V Lo Turco. Variations in fatty acid composition of Mediterranean anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) after different cooking methods. European Food Research and Technology 2022, 248: 2285–2290.