- Associate Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology (SSD MED/07), Department of Diagnostic, Experimental and Specialty Medicine (DIMES), University of Bologna
Education and training
- 2005-2018: Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology (SSD MED / 07), Department of Diagnostic , Experimental and Specialty Medicine (DIMES), University of Bologna
- 2005: PhD in Viral Immunology, Karolinska Institute, Department of Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden;
- 2004: Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Department of Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden;
- 2001: Residency in Microbiology and Virology, University of Bologna;
- 1998: Habilitation as Medical Doctor;
- 1997: Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Bologna.
- 2008-2010: Clinical Microbiologist at Unit of Clinical Virology, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge (Sweden);
- 2006-2008: Post-doc at the Department of Immunology, Stockholm University, Stockholm (Sweden);
- 2002-2005: PhD student at the Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (Sweden).
- She holds several courses at the School of Medicine, University of Bologna:
- Microbiology, teaching activity in English, single cycle degree programme in Medicine and Surgery
- Clinical Microbiology, module of Laboratory Medicine, teaching activity in Italian, single cycle degree programme in Medicine and Surgery;
- Mycology and Parasitology, module of Clinical Microbiology II, teaching activity in Italian, first cycle degree programme in Biomedical Laboratory techniques
- Tropical Pathology: diagnosis, module of Tropical Disease and Travel Medicine, teaching activity in Italian, single cycle degree programme in Medicine and Surgery;
- Microbiology, module of Microbiology, General Pathology and Hygiene, teaching activity in Italian, first cycle degree programme in Dietistic
- She held courses in Microbiology and Virology in collaboration with the non-governmental organization CESTAS, including a course in La Paz (Bolivia) in 2013 and a course in Windhoek (Namibia) in 2012.
- From 1997 to 2013, research interests focused on the implementation of diagnostic methods for pathogens causing severe infections in patients with compromised or immature immune systems, including human cytomegalovirus and bacteria causing bloodstream infections. The scientific activity was also focused on the study of the pathogenesis of cytomegalovirus infection, with particular interest in the interaction between virus and innate host immunity and virus-mediated immunopathology
- From 2006 up to now, research activity focused on vector-borne infections, in particular:
I. epidemiological studies, diagnosis and pathogenesis of protozoal infections (leishmaniasis, malaria) and viral infections (Toscana virus, West Nile virus);
II. development of novel molecules with anti-leishmanial activity.
The set of results achieved was published in 67 publications, including 54 original scientific works in peer-reviewed international journals, 11 reviews in peer-reviewed international journals, and 2 book chapters for international publication.
Bibliometric indicators (Scopus): Total citations: 1571; H-index: 24
As project coordinator:
- 2018: "Ricerca Finalizzata" (Italian Ministry of Health), three-year funding for a project entitled: "Emerging blood protozoa in the immunocompromised population: novel strategies for screening, diagnosis, monitoring and clinical management";
- 2017: Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, annual funding for a project entitled "Leishmania, emerging infectious agent in Emilia-Romagna: diagnostic implications and development of novel drugs”.
As project manager:
- 2010: Ragnar and Torsten Söderberg Foundations (Stockholm, Sweden), two-year funding for a project entitled "Studies of the role of human cytomegalovirus infection in the development of immunopathology; implications for chronic inflammation and autoimmunity ";
- 2007: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA / SAREC, Stockholm, Sweden), three-year funding for a project entitled "Studies on the interaction between dendritic cells and Plasmodium falciparum with special focus on malaria during pregnancy";
- 2006: Swedish Society of Medicine (SLS, Stockholm, Sweden) annual funding for a project entitled "Consequences of pregnancy malaria on the immune system of the offspring: the role of dendritic cells and possible viral reactivation".
Head of research unit:
- Scientific Coordinator of Research Unit for the biennial project "Ricerca Corrente 2016" (Ministry of Health) presented by IZSLER and entitled: "Development of an Integrated Surveillance System of Leishmaniasis in the Emilia Romagna Region".
She has also participated as a member of numerous other national and international projects.