Trinetta, Valentina

Trinetta, Valentina
Associate Professor
222 Call Hall

Area of Research

  • Foodborne pathogens ecology
  • Mechanisms of survival and transmission of pathogens in the food value chain
  • International Food Safety
  • Non-Thermal technologies for food safety

Food Microbiology and Safety Laboratory Website

View my publications and vitae

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Food Microbiology Lecture (FDSCI 600)
  • Food Microbiology Lab (FDSCI 601)
  • Food Fermentation (FDSCI 810) in even years
  • Food Tour Study Abroad (FDSCI 660) in odd years


Starting Spring 2023, Dr. Trinetta will be a representative of the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering through events on and off campus, developing and overseeing major events, and engaging students across Kansas from middle schools to undergraduates in college. The events include workshops, summer camps, student shadowing experiences and lectures that promote interest and careers in science, engineering and math.

K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering


B.S. Food Biotechnology, University of Pisa, Italy, 2005
M.S. Genetics Biotechnology for Food Safety, University of Naples, Italy, 2006
Ph.D. Food Science and Technology, University of Milan, Italy, 2009

Bio Brief

FamilyWith an emphasis in Food Safety and Microbiology, Dr. Trinetta's research focuses on understanding foodborne pathogens ecology and identifying microbial entry routes into the food supply chain (from farm to fork). Dr. Trinetta also works on the development and implementation of antimicrobial intervention strategies to reduce and control foodborne pathogens on different commodities. Recently, Dr. Trinetta has expanded her research to the international scale with a project focused on evaluating microbial contamination in produce distribution centers for informal markets in Cambodia.

The main microorganisms studied in Dr. Trinetta's lab include Salmonella monovariant, Listeria and STEC E. coli.

Born and raised in Lake of Como area (Italy), Dr. Valentina Trinetta always enjoyed the idea to make an impact for the community, keeping food safe. She obtained her degrees in Food Science and Technology with an emphasis on active packaging and food safety. During her study, she moved to the USA as a visiting scholar (Penn State University). After her post-doctoral training (Purdue University), she worked 4 years at the Research and Development Center of ECOLAB. Dr. Trinetta started her position as an Assistant Professor at KSU in 2016 and she is enjoying Manhattan community with her husband, daughter Eleanor, and son Michael.