Capelli Gioia

Role Director of Science
Phone +39 049 8084391

Professional profile

Gioia Capelli was appointed Director of Science of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) in October 2020.

She graduated in veterinary medicine in 1986 from the University of Bologna and obtained a PhD in parasitology and parasitic diseases in 1989. From 1991 to 1994 she worked as a veterinarian at the IZSVe, where she set up the Parasitology Laboratory. In the same year she moved to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua, first covering the position of Researcher and then of Associate Professor until 2004. She the returned to the IZSVe as a veterinarian, and in 2016 she was appointed Director of the National Reference Center/WOAH collaboration center for scientific research on infectious diseases at the animal/human interface.

Since 2006 she has been a member of the European College of Veterinary Parasitology (DiplEVPC); she is a founding member of the Italian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology (AIEV), the Italian Society of Parasitology (SoIPa) and the Italian Society of Ecopathology of Fauna (SIEF); she is a member of the scientific board of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (Germany) and of the editorial board of the journal ‘Veterinaria Italiana‘.

Her research interests mainly embrace the epidemiology of parasitic and vector-borne diseases, in particular zoonotic and emerging ones; the ecology of vectors and the surveillance of tick-borne diseases (Anaplasma, Lyme borreliosis, TBE virus, Rickettsiae), fleas (Rickettsia felis), culicides (West Nile virus and other Flaviviridae, filariae) and sand flies (Leishmania). She has authored or co-authored over 180 articles published in international scientific journals.