Bortolami Alessio

Palceholder Foto Dirigente IZSVe Role Veterinarian
Structure SCS6 – Experimental Virology
Phone +39 049 8084101

Professional profile

Alessio Bortolami is an executive veterinarian at the Laboratory of Diagnostic Virology – Experimental Virology Department (SCS6, IZSVe).

In 2012, he graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua, where he also obtained a PhD in Veterinary Sciences in 2016. Between 2015 and 2018, he was resident in Veterinary Microbiology at the Department of Veterinary Pathology and Public Health of the University of Liverpool. In 2019, he obtained the Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and in 2020 a Specialization degree in ‘Animal Health, Breeding and Zootechnical Production’ at the University of Padua.

Since 2019 he has been involved in the study of the pathogenesis of emerging pathogens, the development of in vitro methods for the characterization of the viral phenotype, the study of the zoonotic potential and transmissibility of emerging influenza viruses, and the study of the vaccine efficacy of new generation vaccines for the prevention of viral diseases affecting domestic poultry. He is also involved with development and validation of serological methods for poultry diseases diagnosis and surveillance.


  • Shittu I, Bianco A, Gado D, Mkpuma, Sulaiman, Laleye A, Gobbo F, Bortolami A, Bonfante F, Vakuru C, Meseko C, Fusaro A, Shamaki D, Alabi O, Terregino C, Joannis T (2020) First detection of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza virus on the African continent. Emerging microbes & infections, 9(1), 886-888.
  • Mazzetto E, Bortolami A, Fusaro A, Mazzacan E, Maniero S, Vascellari M, Beato MS, Schiavon E, Chiapponi C, Terregino C, Monne I, Bonfante F (2020) Replication of Influenza D Viruses of Bovine and Swine Origin in Ovine Respiratory Explants and Their Attachment to the Respiratory Tract of Bovine, Sheep, Goat, Horse, and Swine. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 1136.
  • Di Teodoro G, Bortolami A, Teodori L, Leone A, D’Alterio N, Malatesta D, Rosamilia A, Colaianni L, Petrini A, Terregino C, Savini G, Bonfante F, Lorusso A (2019). Replication kinetics and cellular tropism of emerging reoviruses in sheep and swine respiratory ex vivo organ cultures. Veterinary Microbiology 234, 119-127.
  • Rage E, Touzani CD, Marusic C, Lico C, Göbel T, Bortolami A, Bonfante F, Salzano AM, Scaloni A, Fellahi S, El Houadfi M, Donini M, Baschieri S (2019). Functional characterization of a plant-produced infectious bursal disease virus antigen fused to the constant region of avian IgY immunoglobulins. Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 103(18), 7491-7504.
  • Bortolami A, Zendri F, Maciuca EI, Wattret A, Ellis C, Schmidt V, Pinchbeck G, Timofte D (2019). Diversity, Virulence, and Clinical Significance of Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-and pAmpC-Producing Escherichia coli From Companion Animals. Frontiers in microbiology, 10, 1260.
  • Bortolami A, Verin R, Chantrey J, Corrò M, Ashpole I, Lopez J, Timofte D. (2017). Characterization of Livestock Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) CC398 and mecC-Positive CC130 from Zoo Animals in the UK. Microbial Drug Resistance, August 2017, ahead of print. DOI: 10.1089/mdr.2017.0161
  • Bortolami A, Williams NJ, McGowan C, Kelly K, Archer D, Corrò M, Pinchbeck G, Saunders C, Timofte D (2017). Environmental surveillance identifies multiple introductions of MRSA CC398 in an Equine Veterinary Hospital in the UK, 2011-2016. Scientific Reports 7. doi:  10.1038/s41598-017-05559-8
  • Gillespie A, Bortolami A, Crosby-Durrani H, Verin R (2017). An unusual presentation of actinomycosis in a dairy cow. Veterinary Record Case Reports 5: e000395. doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2016-000395
  • Rota, A., Corrò, M., Drigo, I., Bortolami, A., & Börjesson, S. (2015). Isolation of coagulase-positive staphylococci from bitches’ colostrum and milk and genetic typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius strainsBMC veterinary research11(1), 160.
  • Bortolami A, Fiore E, Gianesella M, Corrò M, Catania S, Morgante M (2015). Evaluation of the udder health status in subclinical mastitis affected dairy cows through bacteriological culture, somatic cell count and thermographic imaging. Polish journal of veterinary sciences, 18(4), 799-805.