Ceglie Letizia

Letizia Ceglie | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Biologist
Department SCT3 – Padova and Rovigo. Diagnostics in Animal Health
Phone +39 049 8084237
E-mail lceglie@izsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Letizia Ceglie graduated in Biological sciences and was awarded a postgraduate diploma in Microbiology and human virology at the University of Bologna in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology at the University of Urbino (FanoAteneo) in 2002. In 1995 she joined the Istituto Zooprofilattico delle Venezie as a young researcher.

During the last 20 years or so, her main interests have been in molecular and cellular biology, prevalently in the fields of human and animal health, laboratory diagnostics (mainly development and standardization of diagnostic tests) and animal disease surveillance.

She participated in COST Action 855 on Animal Chlamydioses and Zoonotic implications, European Union 6th Framework Programme; she worked in the European Union funded research project on the application of innovative methods for the diagnosis of viral diseases of equines, such as viral arteritis, rhino-pneumonitis virus, influenza (1995- 1999). She has also participated in national research projects concerning zoonoses and animal health, specifically on BVD, IBR, Neosporosis, SBV, Q Fever, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis E virus, PRRSV.

Research activities are focussed on disease monitoring after experimental infection, evaluation of the performance of the diagnostic tools applied in the diagnosis, and the application of innovative typing methods (MLVA , microarray) to characterize the collected strains. She has also been research project coordinator in the field of chlamydial infections (Animal chlamydiosis and zoonotic implications) and BVD type 3 infection.

At the present, she is directly involved in research projects on new strains of BVDV and some zoonotic agents as HEV, Leptospira, Coxiella burnetii, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Her activities also include the organization of proficiency tests for etiological diagnosis of pathogens affecting bovines and swine.


  • De Sabato L., Lemey P., Vrancken B., Bonfanti L., Ceglie L., Vaccari G., Di Bartolo I. (2018) Proposal for a new subtype of the zoonotic genotype 3 Hepatitis E virus: HEV-3l. Virus Res. 248:1-4.
  • Bazzucchi M., Bertolotti L., Ceglie L., Giammarioli M., Rossi E., Rosati S., De Mia G.M. (2017) Complete nucleotide sequence of a novel bovine viral diarrhea virus subtype 1 isolate from Italy. Arch.Virol. 162(11):3545-3548
  • Barberio A., Ceglie L., Lucchese L., Zuliani F., Marangon S., Natale A., (2017) Epidemiology of Q fever in cattle. In: João Carlos Caetano Simões, Sofia Ferreira Anastácio, Gabriela Jorge Da Silva (eds). The principle and practice of Q fever. The one health paradigm. 11, New York, Nova Science Publishers, p. 189-212
  • Natale A., Ceglie L., Lucchese L., Zuliani F., Marangon S., Barberio A. (2017) Diagnostic Approach to Coxiella burnetii infection in animals. In: João Carlos Caetano Simões, Sofia Ferreira Anastácio, Gabriela Jorge Da Silva (eds). The principle and practice of Q fever. The one health paradigm. 7, New York, Nova Science Publishers, p. 107-134
  • Lucchese L., Capello K., Barberio A., Zuliani F., Stegeman A., Ceglie L., Guerrini E., Marangon S., Natale A. (2015) IFAT and ELISA phase I/phase II as tools for the identification of Q fever chronic milk shedders in cattle. Vet.Microbiol. 179(1-2):102-108
  • Ceglie L., Natale A., Guerrini E., Terregino C., Mion M., Marchione S., Trovò G., Granato A., Catania S. (2015) First description and isolation of the new species Chlamydia gallinaceae from Italian commercial hens with respiratory signs and conjuctivitis. In: EMAC 3 – Proceedings of the Third European Meeting on Animal Chlamydiosis and Zoonotic Aspects. Anses, Maisons-Alfort, France, September 24-25, 2015, 21-22
  • Ceglie L., Guerrini E., Rampazzo E., Barberio A., Tilburg J.J., Hagen F., Lucchese L., Zuliani F., Marangon S., Natale A. (2015) Molecular characterization by MLVA of Coxiella burnetii strains infecting dairy cows and goats of north-eastern Italy. Microbes Infect. 17(11-12):776-781
  • Giammarioli M., Ceglie L., Rossi E., Bazzucchi M., Casciari C., Petrini S., De Mia GM (2015) Increased genetic diversity of BVDV-1: recent findings and implications thereof. Virus Genes Feb;50:147-51
  • Monne I., L. Ceglie, G. Di Martino*, A. Natale, S. Zamprogna, A. Morreale, E. Rampazzo, G. Cattoli and L. Bonfanti (2014) Hepatitis E virus genotype 4 in a pig farm, Italy, 2013 Epidemiol. Infect., Page 1-5
  • Drigo M., Franzo G., Gigli A., Martini M., Mondin A., Gracieux P., Ceglie L. (2014) The impact of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus genetic heterogeneity on molecular assay performances. J Virol Methods. Jun 15; 202:79-86
  • Drigo M., G. Franzo, I. Belfanti, M. Martini, A. Mondin, L. Ceglie (2014) Validation and comparison of different end point and real time RT-PCR assays for detection and genotyping of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus J Virol Methods. Jun 15;201:79-85
  • Ceglie L., Monaco F., Bonci M., Calistri P., Bano L., Goffredo M., Belfanti I., Pinoni C., Polci A., Nardelli S., Bonfanti L., Marangon S., Lelli R. (2012). First report of Schmallenberg virus in Italy. Abstracts – 6th Annual Meeting EPIZONE “Viruses on the Move”, Brighton. Abstracts – 6th Annuale Meeting EPIZONE “Viruses on the move”