Researcher biography

I am a fully qualified Veterinarian in Italy, with a Masters in Animal Health, Animal Farming and Animal Productions and a PhD in Medical Entomology (QUT).

I have worked for more than 10 years supporting research and public health projects in Australia and internationally including developing countries, gaining wide field and laboratory experience in Medical Entomology, Vector-Borne Diseases Surveillance, Vector Biology and Control, Infectious Diseases, Zoonoses and Parasitology. My expertise includes extensive practice in arthropods colony maintenance and PC3 environments, working on arboviruses laboratory transmission models with quarantine mosquito species. I have a total of eleven publications in peer-reviewed international journals and I have presented my research at 8 national conferences and 9 international conferences.

Prior to commencing my PhD program in Australia, I gained significant professional experience during a five years training at the Parasitology Laboratory of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (Italian Health Authority and Research Organisation for Animal Health and Food Safety) where I underwent diagnostic training on arthropod parasites of veterinary and medical importance.

I recently worked under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Jones at the UQ School of Veterinary Science on Schistosoma animal models, and I am leading a study on the field monitoring of the dog heartworm vectors in Queensland at the same School.

I am a team member of the UQ Infectious disease diagnostics group at the School of Public Health (https://public-health.uq.edu.au/research/infectious-disease-diagnostics) where I am currently involved as co-investigator and Postdoctoral Research Fellow on an innovative Med Tech project: a light-based rapid detection method (NIRS) for the quantification of intestinal worm burden in humans, under the supervision of Doctor Sikulu-Lord. I am also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UQ School of Veterinary Science working on a multidisciplinary project that brings together academic research groups, government agencies and livestock industry partners from different Australian states, to understand Q fever prevalence and dynamics in macropods and livestock, under the supervision of Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Magalhaes.