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Sara Ciulli

Associate Professor

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

Academic discipline: VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Sara Ciulli was born in Prato on February 18th, 1974



  • Permanent research scientific sector VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Animals. Department of Medical Veterinary Sciences
  • Teacher: Infectious Diseases of Aquatic Animals and Veterinary Hygiene CdL of Aquaculture and Hygiene of Fish Products.
  • Responsible of the virology laboratory of CdL of Aquaculture and Hygiene of Fish Products.


Corso di Laurea in Acquacoltura e Igiene delle Produzioni Ittiche, Viale Vespucci, 2, 47042 Cesenatico, FC.

Telefono: 0547 338959

FAX: 0547 338941




1993 High School graduation at the Liceo Classico Cicognini, Prato.

1996-1999 Intermediate and advanced English course: Wall Street Institute, School of English, Bologna.

1998-1999 Internal student at the laboratories of Virology and Biotechnology, of the Department of Public Health and Animal Pathology, University of Bologna.

15-27 June 1998 Participation at the 16° “university campus".

1999 Project Leonardo da Vinci: “Management of Natural Parks-Sustainable development of protected areas”.

1999 Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna (UNIBO) with dissertation on "Parapoxvirus: protein and genomic study of strains" vote 110/110 cum laude.

2000 Update course in aquaculture, fish pathology and health of products at the Instituto Zooprofilattico of Brescia final exam with votes 100/100.

2000 Professional qualification to practice veterinary medicine.

11-13 October 2000 Stage at the National Reference Centre for diseases of fish, crustaceans and molluscs at the Istituto Zooprofilattico delle Venezie, Padova.

2000-2003 PhD in epidemiology and control of zoonoses at the Department of Public Veterinary Health and Animal Pathology, University of Bologna working on the project "Viral Encephalo-retinopathy of sea bass: epidemiological study".

12-13 February 2002 Stage at the Laboratory of Virology of the Istituto Zooprofilattico delle Venezie, Legnaro, Padova.

26-27 March 2002 Course “Cell Culture: technical basis" Milan.

September-December 2002 Stage at the Fish Disease Laboratory in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California. Under the supervision of Prof. Ronald P. Hedrick.

January-April 2004 Beginner Spanish course organized by the city of Pianoro, Bologna.

09-12 January 2006 Stage at the National Reference Centre for microbiological and chemical control of live bivalve molluscs, Istituto Zooprofilattico dell'Umbria e delle Marche, Ancona.

21-22 April 2009 Stage at the National Reference Laboratory for the control of viral contamination of bivalve molluscs, Compliance Community and Public health Area, Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma.

6/9/2015 Workshop “Diagnostic test validation (Tips, tricks and traps)” Prof. Ian Gardner, Aquatic Epidemiology Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.


2003 Research contract in the project: "Antigenic and genomic characterization of strains of canine parvovirus (CPV-2) isolated from domestic and wild carnivores".

2004-2005 Research contract for the development of the project: "Study on viral and environmental factors influencing the epidemiological pattern of infection in Betanodavirus wild fish species and breeding".

January-February 2006 Project contract "Assessment in vitro and ex vivo antiviral activity of plant extracts against animal virus phylogenetically related to viruses responsible for emerging human diseases".

From the first of March 2006 Permanent researcher of disciplinary scientific panel VET /05 "Infectious diseases of animals" in the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences  (ex DSPVPA) at the headquarters of the Degree Course in Aquaculture and Hygiene of Fish Products, Cesenatico.


The scientific work of Dr. Ciulli was completed in several areas of infectious diseases of animals and in particular:

  • diagnosis of major viral diseases of fish (ERV, LCDV, VHSV, IHNV, IPNV, SVCV, sturgeon NCLDV).
  • set up of molecular assays (PCR, Real Time PCR) to the detection of viral pathogens (Betanodavirus, Lymphocistivirus, Fish Rhabdovirus, Aquabirnavirus, Alphavirus, Norovirus, Pestivirus, sturgeon NCLDV);
  • molecular characterization using gene amplification, sequencing, phylogenetic analysis of animal viruses such as Betanodavirus, Lymphocistivirus, Norovirus, Pestivirus, sturgeon NCLDV;
  • study on the spreading of Betanodavirus in vertebrate and invertebrate aquatic animals both farmed and wild;
  • survey on the contamination in bivalves from virus pathogenic for humans (HAV, NoV, HEV);
  •  epidemiology and control of ruminant Pestivirus;
  • development and application of qPCR to absolutely quantification of cytokines (sea bass, trout, bovine);
  • study on antiviral activity of natural and synthesis compounds towards Betanodavirus;
  • study on the virucidal activity of commercial compounds;
  • development of microbial decontamination of shellfish;
  • development and application of a biosecurity program at a marine hatchery.

Involved in the following research projects:

  • RFO 1999-2000; RFO 2001; RFO 2003-2004; RFO 2005-2006.
  • Multi-Year Research Project of national and international interest funded by the University of Bologna. 2004-2005 Title: "Evaluation of in vitro and ex vivo antiviral activity of plant extracts against animal viruses phylogenetically related to viruses responsible for human diseases emerging”. Project Manager prof. Santino Prosperi.
  • Research Project of National Interest PRIN 2006 “Genetic characterization of Italian BVDV strains by sequencing and Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism analysis”. Duration 24 months. Project Manager prof. Santino Prosperi.
  • Fundamental or basis research project funded by autonomous region of Sardegna. 2014 Title “Development of innovative technologies for the molecular epidemiological surveillance of bacterial and viral contaminates for the purpose of enhancing production of bivalve molluscs in Sardinia”. Duration 18 months. Project Manager dr. Patrizia Serratore.
  • Partecipazione progetti dal titolo “Valutazioni di carattere epidemiologico sulla presenza di V. parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus, V. cholerae, Norovirus (genogruppo 1 e 2) ed HAV in molluschi bivalvi vivi e verifica delle performance di depurazione relativamente ad E. coli”. Durata 12 mesi. Responsabile Dr. Patrizia Serratore.
  • Partecipante al progetto dal titolo “Consumer driven Production: Integrating Innovative Approaches for Competitive and Sustainable Performance across the Mediterranean Aquaculture Value Chain. Durata 60 mesi. H2020-SFS-2016-2017. Coordinator: Dr. Katerina Moutou, University of Thessaly, Greece.
  • Partecipante al progetto dal titolo “Novel feed ingredients from sustainable sources” Durata 36 mesi. HORIZON 20202 ERA-MBT 2nd Call. Cordinatore: Dr Fiona Provan, International Research Institute of Stavanger.

Scientific advisor for the following project:

  • Project of industrial research, experimental development, technological transfer. SPINNER 2013. Title "Development and implementation of a biosecurity plan in a marine hatchery through the expansion of knowledge on the spectrum of disinfectant activity of a commercial coumpound and the introduction of disinfection protocols aimed at improving health and quality of the final product”.

Project Manager for the following projects:

  • RFO 2007; RFO 2008; RFO 2009; RFO 2010; RFO 2011; RFO 2012.
  • Research Project of National Interest PRIN 2008 “Evaluation of the cytokine expression during bivalent vaccination against Photobacterium damselae ssp. piscicida and Vibrio anguillarum of post-larval stage of sea bass”. Duration 24 months.
  • Competitive projects for researchers of the DIMEVET. Title: “development of an experimental model for the microbial decontamination of Tapes philippinarum” Duration: 24 months.

  • Project “Assessment of virucidal activity of an oxidant compound (Perox, E’ Così S.r.l.) against two viruses of families Rhabdoviridae and Nodaviridae responsible of severe fish diseases”. Duration 5 months. Contratto di ricerca commissionata E’ Così S.r.l., 20/2015.

  • Project “Development of a real time PCR assay to detect Vibrio spp.”. Duration 6 months. Contratto di ricerca commissionata Empagram S.A., 79/2015.

  • Responsabile scientifico del Contratto di consulenza dal titolo “Valutazione dell’espressione genica in campioni di branzino” Durata 3 mesi. 134/2016.

  • Responsabile scientifico di Contratti di consulenza sulla “Ricerca del DNA del virus della linfocisti in campioni bioptici di pinna di Sparus aurata.” 2017-2018.

Author and co-author of 45 papers on national and international reviews including 32 on indexed journals (Scopus; WO, Pubmed) and 85 proceedings of national and international congress.

Co-autho of the textbook "Manuale di Virologia Veterinaria" Scagliarini et al., 2013 Ed. Bonomia University Press, Bologna.

Assistant in the experimental realization of 4 degree thesis.

Co-supervisor of 13 experimental degree thesis and 1 literature-review based dissertations.

Supervisor of 13 experimental degree thesis and 3literature-review based dissertations.

Supervisor of 3 PhD student.

Referee for le following journals: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, BMC Veterinary Research, Folia Microbiologica, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Journal of Fish Diseases, Fishes, Frontiers in Physiology, Virus Research, Veterinary research Communications, Current Microbiology, International Microbiology.

Since 2000 Teaching support within the following degree programs: Safety and Quality of Animal Production, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine, Aquaculture and Fish Pathology and graduate school in animal health, farming and livestock production, UNIBO.

Since 2003 Lecturer of the course "Infectious diseases of aquatic animals" of the Degree in Aquaculture and Ichthyopathology.

Since 2006 Lecturer of the course "Infectious diseases of aquatic animals and Veterinary Hygiene" of the Degree in Aquaculture and Ichthyopathology.

2008 and 2011 as part of the Course "Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Mediterranean" University Centre of Bertinoro (CEUB) with a lesson on Fish Viral Diseases.

2008 Teaching within the School of Specialization in Breeding, Hygiene and Pathology of Aquatic Species, University of Udine, with a lecture entitled "Shellfish and Foodborn Viral Infections".

2013-2014; 2014-2015; 2017-2018 Teaching within the Master in Acquacoltura e Ittiopatologia, Università di Bolognathe, with lectures on “Major viral diseases of marine fish" and "Diagnosis of fish viral diseases" 2 hours.

2014-2015; 2017-2018 Lecturer of the course "Viral Diseases" 3 CFU, Scuola di Specializzazione in Allevamento, Igiene, Patologia delle Specie Acquatiche e Controllo dei Prodotti Derivati "Domenico Lanari", Università di Udine

2016 Course “Trattamento igienico sanitario delle specie ittiche e rilevazione dei dati per monitorare e controllare lo stato di salute – buone prassi” 16 hours. Regional Course for fisheries aquaculture operators, ENGIM EMILIA ROMAGNA.

2017 Courses “Gross examination and sampling for diagnostic purposes” and “Traditional and molecular methods to diagnose major infectious diseases of aquaculture marine fish” 7 hours, Project MADE 2 - Italian Egyptian Debt Swap, CIHEAM.

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