Miguel Aguilera Toro

PhD at the Food Science Department, PhD Student

Miguel Aguilera Toro

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PhD Project Title

THERMORESISTANT PROTEASES FROM PSEUDOMONAS AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE SPOILAGE OF DAIRY PRODUCTS

PhD Project Background

The PhD is imbedded in the MicroLink project. This project is carried out by Aarhus University, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet and Arla Foods. The overall objective of the project is to predict the influence of microbiological enzymes on the quality and shelf-life of UHT using omics technologies. The technological problem that sprouted the project is the spoilage of UHT milk due to thermo-resistant enzymes produced by psychrotrophic bacteria, mainly from the Pseudomonas genus. Attempts to assure quality of UHT milk by routinely monitoring total psychrotrophic counts are currently costly and take time. Incidents of spoilage of a whole-batch of produced UHT milk product are still encountered and lead to financial loss and potential brand damage, particularly for overseas markets. 

 

 

Experience:

  • 2020 - Present: PhD at the Food Science Department (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • 2019 - 2020: Research Assistant at the Food Science Department (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • 2019: Intern at the Food Science Department (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • 2016 - 2017: Assistant Quality Manager - DANONE Dairy (Barcelona, Spain)

Education:

  • 2017 - 2019: Master in Food Quality Management, Specialisation in Food Quality Assurance (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • 2014 - 2015: Major in Food Science, Exchange Program (Cornell University, USA)
  • 2012 - 2017: Bachellor's Degree in Food Science and Technology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)

Publications:

  • Yan, J., Erasmus, S. W., Aguilera Toro, M., Huang, H., van Ruth, S. M. (2020). Food fraud: Assessing fraud vulnerability in the extra virgin olive oil supply chain. Food Control, Vol. 111, 107081. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2019.107081 

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