She graduated with a degree in Biological Science from the
University of Bologna (Italy) and received her scientific training
for her specialty degree in Microbiology and Virology at the
University of Bologna (Italy).
Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Department of Specialised, Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, School of Medicine at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy).
Head of the Laboratory of Virology at the Operative Unit of Clinical Microbiology at St. Orsola Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna.
Director of the Post-graduate school in Microbiology and Virology, School of Medicine at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy).
She has published more than 170 scientific papers on international-selected Current Contents (total I.F. 617,237; average I.F. 3,7; h-index-Scopus 38 and WOS 33 - February 2020).
In particular she has made significant contributions in the study on the pre and postnatal diagnosis of congenital CMV infection and study of management of CMV and EBV infections in solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.
In particular she has made
significant contributions in the following areas; 1) Immune
response to cytomegalovirus structural and non-structural proteins;
2) Study of the avidity of immunoglobulin G anti cytomegalovirus
and use of avidity test in identification of pregnant women at risk
of transmitting congenital infection; 3) Study on the pre and
postnatal diagnosis of congenital CMV infection; 4)
Identification of maternal and neonatal prognostic markers in
utero transmission and of congenital cytomegalovirus disease in
infected fetuses and newborns; 5) Study of management of
cytomegalovirus infection in solid organ/hematopoietic stem
cell transplant recipients.
She has an expertise in the field of virology with specific
reference to diagnosis and monitoring of herpes viruses infection
in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent individuals.
She works at the Clinical Operative of Microbiology where she promotes and coordinates all activities related to the diagnosis, prevention, surveillance and monitoring of human infections of viruses and bacteria.
She is member of managing committee of Italian Society for Clinical Microbiology (AMCLI).
She is a founder member of the “European Congenital CMV Initiative (ECCI)”, European group founded to devise and implement concrete actions to deal with the problems linked to congenital CMV infection.
She is coordinator of a multidisciplinary working group “Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics-Gynecology and Neonatology” of the six Italian Scientific Societies: Clinical Microbiologists (AMCLI), Gynaecology and Obstetrics (SIGO), Sexually Transmitted Diseases (SIMaST), Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT), Neonatology (SIN), and Paediatrics (SIP).
She is a member of the ESCMID (European
Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases), European
Society for Virology (ESV), Italian Society for Clinical
Microbiology (AMCLI), Italian Society for Medical Virology (SIVIM),
Italian Society for Virology (SIV) and, Italian Society for
Professor of i) Microbiology, degree in Medicine and Surgery; ii) Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, degree in Midwifery; iii) Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, degree in School of Dentistry; iv) Clinical Microbiology, degree in Medical Biotechnology at School of Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy.
Professor at Specialization Schools in Microbiology and Virology, Allergology and Clinical Immunology, General Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Dermatology and Venereology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Cardiovascular Diseases, Respiratory Diseases, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics at School of Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy.
Visiting Professor in 2000 at the Department of
Paediatrics, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA.
Degree Honors and Awards:“ATB'90”, IV
European Edition of the OAK RIDGE conference on advanced Technology
for the Clinical Laboratory and Biotechnology (1990), “AMCLI”,
Italian Society for Clinical Microbiology (1992, 2000, 2007 and 2018), "SIV", Italian Society of Virology (2009).