Scientific Committee

Alessandra Scagliarini

I have a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology and Zoonoses Control. My scientific interests lie in the inter and transdisciplinary approach of One Health to deepen the interactions between humans, animals and ecosystems that underlie the occurrence of health emergencies and  management to reduce the social economic impact.



Piera Versura
I am a BSD by education, and my interests are focused on the translational research in the eye diseases, with a specific competence on laboratory diagnosis and with particular emphasis in the ocular surface, a gate of access for any danger from ouside.  The transdisciplinary approach of One Health is crucial to understand the close relationship between humans, animals and environment, and to translate the proper information in the clinical management in the daily as well as in the emergency  practice . 

Antonella Marangoni

I have a degree in Biology and a PhD in Microbiology. My main interest is focused on the study of genital microbiota and laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease, sexually transmitted diseases and Toxoplasmosis. I am interested in the One Health approach because I believe that only with a holistic view we can give answers to the modern needs


Carla Cacciotto

I have a degree in Molecular Biotechnology and a PhD in Biomolecular and Biotechnological Sciences. My research focuses on the infectious diseases processes at human/animal interface and their control and management through the development of diagnostic and prophylactic tools, in order to reduce the socio-economic impact.



Katia Mattarozzi

My  research interests lie in the area of Social Sciences and Health. In particular, my studies focus on the effects of psychosocial context around patients and therapy on clinical outcomes and health care providers decision-making. 


Claudio Foschi

I have a degree in Medicine and Surgery and a specialization in Clinical Microbiology and Virology. My scientific interests lies in the characterization of the human microbiome (especially the vaginal  environment) in different physiological and pathological conditions. Moreover, I’m interested in the epidemiology, molecular typing and pathogenesis of bacterial sexually transmitted infections and in the study of the determinants of antimicrobial resistance in clinically-relevant bacteria.



Vittorio Sambri

I hold a degree in Medicine and a PhD in Microbiology. I have been working on Zoonotic Diseases since the last 30 years with particular interest in the development of innovative diagnostic methods and molecular pathogenesis. I have also been involved in EU funded projects in the field of ONE HEALTH.


Paola Dal Monte

I have a degree in Biology, and a Specialization in Microbiology. My longstanding expertise is on mycobacteria research. Tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria cause diseases in both humans and animals. I’m interested in the One Health approach as synergy among medical,veterinary, and environmental professionals in the surveillance of these diseases could improve disease control programs.


Monica Cricca

I have a Degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Specialization in Microbiology and Virology and a PhD in Medical Biotechnology. My scientific interests focus on opportunistic fungal infections in immunocompromised hosts. I am interested in the One Health approach because I believe that a multidisciplinary approach, capable of addressing urgent, ongoing or potential threats to human health, is fundamental to understand the pathogenic mechanisms, to disclose the routes of transmission of infectious agents and to explain how the human impact on environment may influence the emergence of resistance to treatment regimens.


Valentina Colonnello

I have a master’s degree in Psychology and a PhD in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology. My research focuses on the following areas: psychobiology of social bonding, within a cross-species perspective; emotion expression and emotion recognition in healthcare context and in everyday life; individual differences in prosocial behavior.


Andrea Bolognesi

I have a degree in Biology and a PhD in Experimental Pathology. My research focuses on plant toxins with a One Health approach, which combines molecular studies with risk assessment for humans, animals and environment. Amongst plant toxins, ricin is the most famous and potent. This toxin has been responsible for accidental intoxications and has been used for criminal and terrorist purposes. Although ricin use is forbidden by the Chemical Weapons Convention, it has been found in high concentration in many products (e.g. fertilizers) containing castor bean meal. My lab is authorized from the Ministry of Economic Development to work with ricin, and we are the reference center for the ministries of Health, Agriculture and Foreign Affair (Chemical Weapons Section) for the analysis of ricin in commercial products, environmental pollutants and intoxicated animals.




Letizia Polito

I have a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Experimental Pathology. My scientific interests in the One Health area are the study of plant toxins known as ribosome-inactivating proteins (enzymatic properties, pathogenesis of cell intoxication, biological role in plants and potential use as drugs) and the study of the impact of natural products used in traditional and folk medicine on human and animal health.



Michela Mazzetti

I have a degree in General and Experimental Psychology. My research activities in One Health field are aimed to deepen the link between emotional reactivity, individual differences in response to stress and psychophysical well-being, in particular in the reaction to unpleasant and traumatic events (in the general population and in groups of patients) and in management health emergencies (in health workers). 



Stefania Varani

I am a MD, specialist in Microbiology and Virology, and I have a Diploma in Tropical Medicine. My research interests focus on parasitic infections, in particular on human leishmaniasis and on the linking of the Leishmania parasite with mammalian hosts (including humans) and sandfly vectors. 



Gastone Castellani

i graduated in Biology and Physics and has a PhD in Physics.  Full Professor at the Bologna University in Applied Physics-Biophysics and is the Director of the Galvani center for Bioinformatics, Biophysics and Biocomplextity. I hold, from the 2000, the position of Associate Professor (Research) at Brown University, Providence RI USA where I collaborated with the group of Prof Leon N Cooper on machine learning, neural networks and big data analytics of gene expressionc. Cauthor of more than 150 publications on international peer-reviewed journal, and, in total more than 200 printed contributions (5000 citations and H index 41). I had been awarded two International prizes: (Chaos and Complexity prize Blois France 1993, Vice President award Brown University 2003) for innovative research in the field of complex biological systems. Referee for several journals such as PNAS, Molecular Bio-system, Physical Review and Bioinformatics. Founder the Italian Society for Systems Biology (SysBioHealth).I recently a 3 year grant from the Programa ciência sem fronteiras – bolsas no país modalidade pesquisador visitante especial titled : SYSAGEOMICS Systems Biology of Aging and Age related diseases by integration of Multiscale Experimental and Computational Methods and  a special grant from Brown University for a collaboration with Brasilian Universities of Belo Horizonte on the measurements of circulating nucleic acids.

Paolo Maria Russo

 I have a Ph.D. in General Psychology, and  an extensive research expertise on the personality profiling and individual traits that can be most predictive of the stress response and maladaptive behaviors. My research interests lie in medical psychology, focusing on the influence of personality characteristics and psychosocial context around patients and therapy on clinical outcomes and health care providers' decision-making.