Capelli Gioia

Gioia Capelli | IZSVe Role and Department Veterinarian – SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology
Head – National Reference Centre for the Scientific Research in Infectious Diseases at the Animal/Human interface
Phone +39 049 8084374

Professional profile

Gioia Capelli graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna (Italy) and obtained a PhD in Parasitology and parasitic diseases at the University of Bari (Italy). Following research fellowships at the IZSVe and at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Padua University, she obtained a Diploma from the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), thus becoming a de facto member.
She was Associate Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Padua, before becoming the Head of the Parasitology and Ecopathology Laboratory at the IZSVe in 2004, where she is also head of the national reference Centre for diseases at the animal/human interface.

Gioia Capelli’s research interests include epidemiology of parasitic diseases with particular emphasis on statistical methods applied to parasitological data, diagnosis of parasitic zoonosis in animals & food and vectors & vector-borne pathogens ecology in north-eastern Italy, focusing on ticks (Anaplasma, Lyme borreliosis, TBE virus), fleas (Rickettsia felis), mosquitoes (West Nile virus and other Flaviviridae, filariae), sandflies (Leishmania).


  • Marini G, Rosà R, Pugliese A, Rizzoli A, Rizzo C, Russo F, Montarsi F, Capelli G. West Nile virus transmission and human infection risk in Veneto (Italy): a modelling analysis. Sci Rep. 2018 Sep 18;8(1):14005.
  • Trentini F, Poletti P, Baldacchino F, Drago A, Montarsi F, Capelli G, Rizzoli A, Rosà R, Rizzo C, Merler S, Melegaro A. The containment of potential outbreaks triggered by imported Chikungunya cases in Italy: a cost utility epidemiological assessment of vector control measures. Sci Rep.2018;8(1):9034.
  • Ravagnan S, Tomassone L, Montarsi F, Krawczyk AI, Mastrorilli E, Sprong H, Milani A, Rossi L, Capelli G. First detection of Borrelia miyamotoi in Ixodes ricinus ticks from northern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11(1):130.
  • Da Rold G, Ravagnan S, Soppelsa F, Porcellato E, Soppelsa M, Obber F, Citterio CV, Carlin S, Danesi P, Montarsi F, Capelli G. Ticks are more suitable than red foxes for monitoring zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in northeastern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2018 ;11(1):137.
  • Zehender G, Veo C, Ebranati E, Carta V, Rovida F, Percivalle E, Moreno A, Lelli D, Calzolari M, Lavazza A, Chiapponi C, Baioni L, Capelli G, Ravagnan S, Da Rold G, Lavezzo E, Palù G, Baldanti F, Barzon L, Galli M. Reconstructing the recent West Nile virus lineage 2 epidemic in Europe and Italy using discrete and continuous phylogeography. PLoS One. 2017;12(7):e0179679.
  • Guzzetta G, Poletti P, Montarsi F, Baldacchino F, Capelli G, Rizzoli A, Rosà R, Merler S. Assessing the potential risk of Zika virus epidemics in temperate areas with established Aedes albopictus populations. Euro Surveill. 2016;21(15).
  • Ravagnan S, Montarsi F, Cazzin S, Porcellato E, Russo F, Palei M, Monne I, Savini G, Marangon S, Barzon L, Capelli G. First report outside Eastern Europe of West Nile virus lineage 2 related to the Volgograd 2007 strain, northeastern Italy, 2014. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:418.
  • Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Giannelli A, Latrofa MS, Cascio A, Cazzin S, Ravagnan S, Montarsi F, Zanzani SA, Manfredi MT, Capelli G. Ticks infesting humans in Italy and associated pathogens. Parasit Vectors. 2014 ;7:328.
  • Cassini R, Mulatti P, Zanardello C, Simonato G, Signorini M, Cazzin S, Tambalo P, Cobianchi M, Pietrobelli M, Capelli G. Retrospective and spatial analysis tools for integrated surveillance of cystic echinococcosis and bovine cysticercosis in hypo-endemic areas. Geospat Health.;8(2):509-15
  • Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Brianti E, Traversa D, Petrić D, Genchi C, Capelli G. Vector-borne helminths of dogs and humans in Europe. Parasit Vectors. 2013 Jan 16;6:16.