Danesi Patrizia

Patrizia Danesi | IZSVe Role  Veterinarian
Structure SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology
Phone +34 049 8084902
E-mail pdanesi@izsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Patrizia Danesi is a veterinarian at the Laboratory  of Parasitology (SCS3 – Diagnostics, Histopatology and Parassitology) at the IZSVe. From 2005 to 2016 she worked as a researcher for the same Unit.

She graduated in Veterinary Medicine (2020) at the University of Bologna and obtained a specialization in Medical Micology at the Pasteur Institut (2007, Paris). She obtained her specialization in Animal health, hygiene and pathology of aquatic species and hygiene of fish products (2009, University of Padua) and the PhD in Pathology and animal health (2014, University of Bari).

She is responsible for diagnostic and research activities in the field of veterinary parasitology and mycology, focused on the diagnosis of fungal and parasitological infections in livestock and pet animals and the morphological and molecular identification of moulds and yeasts from animals.

Patrizia Danesi’s mycology research include the development of rapid methods for the diagnosis of fungal diseases; the molecular characterization of fungal pathogens from animals and environmental. In addition, she studies the role of animals as sentinels for human exposure to environmental fungal pathogens. Among mycotic pathogens in pet animals, she is particularly interested in the study of Dermatophytes, Cryptococcus, Pneumocystis, and Prototheca.

As far as concerns parasitology, her research activity is mainly linked to the study of Echinoccoccus multilocularis in wild animals, and pathogens such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.


  • Danesi P, Falcaro C, Dukik K, Jiang Y, Rizzoli AP, Allavena R, Simpson V, Ravagnan S, Zanardello C, Capelli G, de Hoog GS. Molecular diagnosis of Emmonsia-Like Fungi occurring in wild animals. 2020 Feb;185(1):51-65. Epub 2019 Jun 24.
  • Schmertmann LJ, Danesi P, Monroy-Nieto J, Bowers J, Engelthaler DM, Malik R,Meyer W, Krockenberger MB. Jet-Setting koalas Spread Cryptococcus gattii VGII in Australia. mSphere. 5;4(3).pii:e0021619.
  • Danesi P, Corrò M, Falcaro C, Carminato A, Furlanello T, Cocchi M, Krockenberger MB, Meyer W, Capelli G, Malik R. Molecular detection of Pneumocystis in the lungs of cats. Med Mycol. 2019. 57(7):813-824. doi: 10.1093/mmy/myy139. PubMed PMID: 30566653.
  • Wang M, Danesi P, James TY, Al-Hatmi AMS, Najafzadeh MJ, Dolatabadi S, Ming C,Liou GY, Kang Y, de Hoog S. Comparative pathogenicity of opportunistic black yeasts in Aureobasidium. 2019 May 20.
  • Cafarchia C, Iatta R, Danesi P, Camarda A, Capelli G, Otranto D. Yeasts isolated from cloacal swabs, feces, and eggs of laying hens. Med Mycol. 2019. 57(3):340-345. doi: 10.1093/mmy/myy026.
  • Petini M, Furlanello T, Danesi P, Zoia A. Nested-polymerase chain reaction detection of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. canis in a suspected immunocompromised Cavalier King Charles spaniel with multiple infections. SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2019. 7:2050313X19841169. doi: 10.1177/2050313X19841169. eCollection 2019.
  • Cassini R, Simonato G, Mulatti P, Ravagnan S, Danesi P, Pascotto E, Breda T, Brichese M, Pietrobelli M, Capelli G. A new approach to outbreak management for bovine Cystic Echinococcosis cases in hypo-endemic areas. Vet Parasitol Reg Stud Reports. 2019. 16:100269. doi: 10.1016/j.vprsr.2019.100269. Epub 2019 Jan 31.
  • Best MP, Boyd SP, Danesi P. Confirmed case of Pneumocystis pneumonia in a Maltese Terrier × Papillon dog being treated with toceranib phosphate. Aust Vet J. 2019. 97(5):162-165. doi: 10.1111/avj.12805.
  • Traversa D, Veronesi F, Danesi P, Morelli S, Crisi PE, Morganti G, Iorio R, Pampurini F, Schaper R, Santoro A, Paoletti B, Di Cesare A. Pilot study evaluating the efficacy of a topical formulation containing emodepside and praziquantel in the treatment of natural feline troglostrongylosis. Parasit Vectors. 2019. 12(1):97. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3361-7.
  • Capelli G, Genchi C, Baneth G, Bourdeau P, Brianti E, Cardoso L, Danesi P, Fuehrer HP, Giannelli A, Ionică AM, Maia C, Modrý D, Montarsi F, Krücken J, Papadopoulos E, Petrić D, Pfeffer M, Savić S, Otranto D, Poppert S, Silaghi C. Recent advances on Dirofilaria repens in dogs and humans in Europe. Parasit Vectors. 2018. 19;11(1):663. doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-3205-x