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Massimo Marzorati graduated in 2003 from University of Milan in Environmental and Alimentary Biotechnology. In 2007 he obtained a PhD degree in the field of microbial ecology at the University of Milan (DISTAM). In 2007 he started as a post-doctoral researcher at CMET, Ghent University. His main research interest is the interaction between intestinal bacteria and human health. This includes pro- and prebiotics, microbial metabolism and bioavailability of food compounds and pharmaceuticals and the relation between the structure of the intestinal microbiota and its resilience under changing environmental conditions. From October 1st, 2018 he will cover the role of guest Professor.
In 2008, he founded ProDigest, a spin-off company from Ghent University, which provides customized services in the field of gastrointestinal transit, bioavailability and metabolism, to the operators in the food and pharmaceutical industry. Currently he is the CEO of the company.


Selected publications:

  • Chassaing B, Van de Wiele T, De Bodt J, Marzorati M, Gewirtz AT. (2017) Dietary emulsifiers directly alter human microbiota composition and gene expression ex vivo potentiating intestinal inflammation. Gut. 2017 Mar 21. pii: gutjnl-2016-313099.

  • Marzorati M, Vilchez-Vargas R, Bussche JV et al (2017) High-fiber and high-protein diets shape different gut microbial communities, which ecologically behave similarly under stress conditions, as shown in a gastrointestinal simulator. Mol Nutr Food Res. 61(1)

  • Van den Abbeele P, Marzorati M, Derde M, De Weirdt R et al. (2016) Arabinoxylans, inulin and Lactobacillus reuteri 1063 repress the adherent-invasive Escherichia coli from mucus in a mucosa-comprising gut model. npj biofilms and microbiomes. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes 2

  • Van de Wiele T, Van Praet JT, Drennan M, Marzorati M, Elewaut D (2016) How the microbiome shapes rheumatic diseases. Nature Rev Rheum Nat Rev Rheumatol. 12: 398-411

  • Wittebolle L, Marzorati M, Balloi A, Daffonchio D, Heylen K, De Vos P, Verstraete W, Boon N. (2009) Initial community evenness favors functionality under selective stress. Nature, 458:623-626

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