Letizia Rasica

Postdoctoral Scholar

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD in Integrative Biomedical Research

Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan - 2019

Master of Science in Science, Technique and Teaching of Sport

University of Milan, Faculty of Sport Science - 2014

Bachelor degree in Physical education, Sport and Health

University of Milan, Faculty of Sport Science - 2012

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Research and Teaching

Exercise physiology & nutrition in health and sport

  • Functional evaluation of oxidative metabolism

Research overview

Rasica's research areas are mainly focused on exercise physiology and energetic metabolisms, in particular, mechanisms of regulation of muscular oxygen delivery and utilization in different conditions. During her PhD, she investigated the effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on different populations like adolescents with obesity and healthy subjects and in different conditions including hypoxic environment. Rasica's main postdoctoral research project aims to investigate cardiovascular function at rest and during exercise in young and older individuals. 

Supervisor: Dr. Juan Murias, PhD


Rasica's scientific research experience started with the internship at the Laboratory of Physiopathology of Exercise, Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology, National Research Council, Segrate (MI), Italy. After gaining a master's degree, she continued in the academic field completing a PhD in Integrative Biomedical Research.


Rasica L, Porcelli S, Minetti AE, Pavei G. Biomechanical and metabolic aspects of backward (and forward) running on uphill gradients: another clue towards an almost inelastic rebound. Eur J Appl Physiol (accepted for publication)

Porcelli S, Rasica L, Ferguson BS, Kavazis AN, McDonald J, Hogan MC, Grassi B, Gladden LB. Effect of Acute Nitrite Infusion on Contractile Economy and Metabolism in Isolated Skeletal Muscle in Situ During Hypoxia. J Physiol 2020 Jun; 598(12):2371-2384.  doi: 10.1113/JP279789..

Trecroci A, Porcelli S, Perri E, Pedrali M, Rasica L, Alberti G, Longo S, Iaia FM. Effects of Different Training Interventions on the Recovery of Physical and Neuromuscular Performance After a Soccer Match. J Strength Cond Res 2019 Jul 31. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003269.

Pilotto AM, Rasica L, Scalise G, Annoni S, La Torre A, Marzorati M, Porcelli S. New On-Water Test for the Assessment of Blood Lactate Response to Exercise in Elite Kayakers. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2019 Jun 25. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002077.

Rasica L, Porcelli S, Marzorati M, Salvadego D, Vezzoli A, Agosti F, De Col A, Tringali G, Jones AM, Sartorio A, Grassi B. Ergogenic effects of beetroot juice supplementation during severe-intensity exercise in obese adolescents. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 315(3):R453-R460, 2018. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00017

Mastropietro M, Porcelli S, Cadioli M, Rasica L, Scalco E, Gerevini S, Marzorati M, Rizzo G. Triggered Intravoxel Incoherent Motion MRI for the Assessment of Calf Muscles Perfusion during Isometric Exercise. NMR Biomed 31(6):e3922, 2018. doi: 10.1002/nbm.3922

Zuccarelli L, Porcelli S, Rasica L, Marzorati M, Grassi B. Comparison between slow components of HR and V̇O2 kinetics: functional significance. Med Sci Sports Exerc 50(8):1649-1657, 2018. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001612

Porcelli S, Rasica L, Marzorati M. Commentary on viewpoint: Principles, insights and potential pitfalls of the non-invasive determination of muscle oxidative capacity by near-infrared spectroscopy. J Appl Physiol 1;124(1):249-255, 2018. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00857.2017

Porcelli S, Pugliese L, Reich E, Pavei G, Bonato M, Montorsi M, LaTorre A, Rasica L, Marzorati M. Effects of a Short-Term high-Nitrate Diet on Exercise Performance.  Nutrient 8:E534, 2016. doi: 10.3390/nu8090534

Porcelli S, Bellistri G, Pugliese L, Rasica L, Marzorati M, Pavei G. Commentaries on Viewpoint: Can elite athletes benefit from dietary nitrate supplementation? J Appl Physiol 119:762-769, 2015. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00640.2015

Porcelli S, Ramaglia M, Bellistri G, Pavei G, Pugliese L, Montorsi M, Rasica L, Marzorati M. Aerobic fitness affects the exercise performance responses to nitrate supplementation. Med Sci Sports Exerc 7(8):1643-51, 2015. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000577