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Roberta Galuppi

Associate Professor

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

Academic discipline: VET/06 Parasitology and Animal Parasitic Diseases


Keywords: zoonoses Parasitology Epidemiology Mycology Laboratory methods

The research lines are related to two topics: Veterinary mycology; Parasitology and parasitic diseases of animals. Includes:

1) Studies on pathogenic mycetes in domestic, wild and aquatic animals, with epidemiological surveys and morph-physiological and molecular characterization;

2) Epidemiology and morphological/molecular characterization of parasites of domestic and wild animals

3) Studies on the distribution and risk factor of parasites and fungi agent of zoonoses;

4) Development and application of “in vitro” test to assess the effectiveness of natural and synthetic drugs against mycetes and parasites;

5) Studies on parasitic and mycotic diseases of bees

1)       STUDIES ON PATHOGENIC MYCETES IN DOMESTIC, WILD AND AQUATIC ANIMALS, WITH EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEYS AND MORPH-PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION: in particular, studies are carried out about dermatophytes and Malassezia spp., causing cutaneous mycoses in mammals, yeasts and moulds agents of opportunistic mycoses, fungi responsible of illness in fish and crustacean,  fungi responsible of bee diseases. Survey on the diffusion of mycetes potentially pathogens from soil, environment and in animal food are also included. The mycetes are characterized with morpho-physiological, biochemical and molecular criteria.

2)       EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PARASITES OF DOMESTIC AND WILD ANIMALS. Currently are included: a) studies about arthropods as parasites or vector of pathogenic agents; b) studies on the diffusion of piroplasms in various animal species and in the vector ticks. In this purview, “in vitro” cultures  were used as diagnostic test and to produce antigens for serological tests, until now absent in Italy; c) Studies on Equine Cryptosporidiosis.  .

3)       EPIDEMIOLOGY OF PARASITIC AND MYCOTIC ZOONOSES. Studies on the prevalence, incidence and risk factors of zoonotic agent are performed; In particular pets and feline shelters are studied as “focus” for the the diffusion of dermatophytozoonoses (most of all related to Microsporum canis), domestic animal for the diffusion of Cryptosporidium spp. and ticks as vector/reservoir of zoonotic agents. Collaborations are in place with pediatricians, dermatologist, clinicians and public veterinarians .

4)       DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF “IN VITRO” TEST TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC DRUGS AGAINST MYCETES. In this topic, test in vitro were performed with essential oils and their pure principles against dermatophytes, Candida albicans., Malassezia spp., Ascosphaera apis, Aspergillus fumigatus. Test with synthetic antimycotic molecules are performed against dermatophytes. Test were also performed to evaluate the effectiveness of chemical ad physical methods against moulds, in particular A. flavus, from corn feed 

5)       STUDIES ON PARASITIC AND MYCOTIC DISEASES OF BEES. Researches are performed, in collaboration with CRA-API, concerning some parasitic and mycotic diseases of bees, such as varroosis, nosemosis and ascospherosis, and studies on the effectiveness of treatments with different products..

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