Laura Roman Rivas
Laura Roman is a Novo Nordisk postdoctoral scientist working at the Department of Food Science at Aarhus University (Denmark). Her current research efforts center on the understanding of the molecular details of structure formation in plant-based food systems. Laura has also worked on carbohydrate biochemistry and extrusion processing to elucidate relationships between structure and function in plant-based ingredients and foods.
Laura's Novo Nordisk project focuses on physicochemical studies of protein-starch interactions in complex biopolymer matrices, with a multidisciplinary approach using omics and physico-chemical tools. The overall goal is to understand the conformational and supramolecular mechanisms that lead to the interactions between plant-based proteins and starch during processing, critical to develop more sustainable and nutritious functional plant-based foods.