Losasso Carmen

Carmen Losasso | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Biologist
Structure SCS1 – Microbiology
Phone +39 049 8084169
E-mail closasso@izsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Carmen Losasso is head of the Microbial ecology and microrganisms genomics Laboratory of the SCS1 – Microbiology Department of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe). She graduated (1998) in Biology and defended her PhD in Biochemistry (2002) at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. She held the specialization diploma in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Padua (2009). From 2002 to 2009, she had a junior researcher position in Biochemistry and molecular biology at the Department of Biology, University of Padua. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as freelance before joining the IZSVe (2013). In 2019 she attended a Master in Europrojecting at the Europe Project Forum Foundation.

She is currently involved in the following activities and research projects:

  • predicting Salmonella enterica pathogenic potential to enhance targeted control strategies;
  • assessing the impact of diet on human gut microbiota and on the spread of antimicrobial resistance determinants;
  • metataxonomics of microbial communities residing on food as a tool for modeling foodborne pathogens dynamics;
  • impact of the use of antimicrobials in farm animals on the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes on the environment.

Her main research interests are:

  • metataxonomics and metagenomics of human, animal and environmental microbial communities;
  • molecular epidemiology and genomics with particular reference to foodborne pathogens;
  • impact of biotic and abiotic contaminants on the ecology of animal, human and environmental microbial communities.


  • Mastrorilli E., Petrin S., Orsini M., Longo A., Cozza D., Luzzi I., Ricci A., Barco L., Losasso C. Comparative genomic analysis reveals high intra-serovar plasticity within Salmonella Napoli isolated in 2005–2017. BMC genomics, (2020)
  • Petrin S., Patuzzi I., Di Cesare A., Tiengo A., Sette G., Biancotto G., Corno G., Drigo M., Losasso C., Cibin V. Evaluation and quantification of antimicrobial residues and antimicrobial resistance genes in two Italian swine farms, Environmental Pollution, 255, (2019)
  • Petrin S., Longo A., Barco L., Cortini E., Peruzzo A:, Antonelli P., Ramon E., Cibin V., Lettini AA, Ricci A, Losasso C. Different Resolution Power of Multilocus Variable-Number Tandem Repeat Analysis and Whole-Genome Sequencing in the Characterization of S. 1,4,[5],12:i:- Isolates. Foodborne Pathogens and DiseaseVol. 16, (2019)
  • Longo A., Losasso C., Vitulano F., Mastrorilli E., Turchetto S., Petrin S., Mantovani C., Dalla Pozza MC, Ramon E., Conedera G., Citterio CV, Ricci A, Barco L, Lettini A.A. Insight into an outbreak of Salmonella Choleraesuis var. Kunzendorf in wild boars. Veterinary microbiology, 238, (2019)
  • Patuzzi I., Baruzzo G., Losasso C., Ricci A., Di Camillo B. metaSPARSim: a 16S rRNA gene sequencing count data simulator. BMC bioinformatics 20 (9), 1-13 (2019)
  • Antonelli P., Belluco S., Mancin M., Losasso C., Ricci A. Genes conferring resistance to critically important antimicrobials in Salmonella enterica isolated from animals and food: a systematic review of the literature, 2013–2017. Research in veterinary science 126, 59-67 (2019)
  • Losasso C., Di Cesare A., Mastrorilli E., Patuzzi I., Cibin V., Eckert EM, Fontaneto D., Vanzo A., Ricci A., Corno G. Assessing antibiotic resistance gene load in vegan, vegetarian and omnivore human gut microbiota. (2018) Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2018.07.023
  • Di Cesare A., Petrin S., Fontaneto D., Losasso C., Eckert EM,, Tassistro G., Borello A., Ricci A., Wilson WH, Pruzzo C., Vezzulli L. (2018) ddPCR applied on archived Continuous Plankton Recorder samples reveals longterm occurrence of class 1 integrons and a sulphonamide resistance gene in marine plankton communities. Environmental microbiology reports, 10(4):458-464. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12665
  • Mastrorilli E., Pietrucci D., Barco L., Ammendola S., Petrin S., Longo A., Mantovani C., Battistoni A., Ricci A., Desideri A and Losasso C. (2018) A comparative genomic analysis provides novel insights into the ecological success of the monophasic Salmonella serovar 4,[5],12:i:- Front Microbiol, 9:715. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00715