Monne Isabella

Isabella Monne | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Veterinarian
Structure SCS5 – Virology, Research and Innovation
European Union Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease
WOAH Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease
Phone +39 049 8084381

Professional profile

Isabella Monne has a degree in Veterinary medicine (University of Padua, 2003) and is specialized in Veterinary public health and food safety of animal products (University of Padua, 2006). She holds a PhD in Public health, veterinary hygiene and hygiene of animal production (University of Turin, 2013).

She is currently Head of the Viral genomics and transcriptomics Laboratory, coordinator and supervisor for diagnosis and molecular epidemiology of the major viral diseases of animals (avian influenza and Newcastle disease) and zoonotic diseases. In particular, her recent professional involvement includes the use of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies (NGS) and of bioinformatics tools to perform accurate analyses on the evolutionary and spatial dynamics of RNA viruses.

She is project leader and collaborator in several national and international (EU – DG SANCO) research projects on avian influenza, Newcastle disease and other viral diseases. She is trainer or keynote speaker at international workshops and congresses and actively participates in training programmes promoted by IZSVe and/or international institutions (e.g. UN-FAO, IAEA, EU).

On an international level, she is committed to supporting developing countries in the fight against viral diseases and to improving veterinary diagnostic capacities in the field of influenza viruses and avian paramyxoviruses. She is member of the Technical Committee to evaluate the GISAID platform: an international network for online sharing of genetic data from Avian Influenza in the event of pandemic threats, and member of the EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) Expert Database. In 2016 she was appointed WOAH expert for the WOAH Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza at the IZSVe.
She has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, which include peer review articles published in national and international journals and conference presentations.


  • Tassoni L, Fusaro A, Milani A, Lemey P, Awuni JA, Sedor VB, Dogbey O, Commey AN, Meseko C, Joannis T, Minoungou GL, Ouattara L, Haido AM,Cisse-Aman D, Couacy-Hymann E, Dauphin G, Cattoli G, Monne I. (2016). Genetically Different Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Viruses in West Africa, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 15;22(12). doi: 10.3201/eid2212.160578. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Beato MS, Tassoni L, Milani A, Salviato A, Di Martino G, Mion M, Bonfanti L, Monne I, Watson SJ, Fusaro A. (2016). Circulation of multiple genotypes of H1N2 viruses in a swine farm in Italy over a two-month period. Vet Microbiol. 2016 Nov 15;195:25-29. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.08.01
  • Lycett S, Bodewes R, Pohlmann A, Banks J, Bányai K, Boni MF, Bouwstra R, Breed AC, Brown IH, Chen H, Dán A, DeLiberto TJ, Diep N, Gilbert M, Hill S, Ip HS, Wen Ke C, Kida H, Killian ML, Koopmans MP, Kwon J, Lee DH, Lee YJ, Lu L, Monne I, et al. (Global Consortium for H5N8 and Related Influenza Viruses).(2016).Role for migratory wild birds in the global spread of avian influenza H5N8. Science. 2016 Oct 14;354(6309):213-217
  • Artois J, Newman SH, Dhingra MS, Chaiban C, Linard C, Cattoli G, Monne I, Fusaro A, Xenarios I, Engler R, Liechti R, Kuznetsov D, Pham TL, Nguyen T, Pham VD, Castellan D, Von Dobschuetz S, Claes F, Dauphin G, Inui K, Gilbert M. (2016). Clade-level Spatial Modelling of HPAI H5N1 Dynamics in the Mekong Region Reveals New Patterns and Associations with Agro-Ecological Factors. Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 25;6:30316. doi: 10.1038/srep30316.
  • Fusaro A, Tassoni L, Milani A, Hughes J, Salviato A, Murcia PR, Massi P, Zamperin G, Bonfanti L, Marangon S, Cattoli G, Monne I. (2016). Unexpected Inter-farm. Transmission Dynamics During a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Epidemic. J Virol. 2016 Jun 24;90(14):6401-11. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00538-16. Print 2016 Jul 15
  • Fusaro A, Tassoni L, Hughes J, Milani A, Salviato A, Schivo A, Murcia PR, Bonfanti L, Cattoli G, Monne I. (2015). Evolutionary trajectories of two distinct avian influenza epidemics: Parallelisms and divergences. Infect Genet Evol. 2015 Aug;34:457-66. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2015.05.020.
  • Monne I, Meseko C, Joannis T, Shittu I, Ahmed M, Tassoni L, Fusaro A, Cattoli G. (2015). Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus in Poultry, Nigeria, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jul;21(7):1275-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2107.150421.
  • Monne I, Ceglie L, Di Martino G, Natale A, Zamprogna S, Morreale A, Rampazzo E, Cattoli G, Bonfanti L. (2014). Hepatitis E virus genotype 4 in a pig farm, Italy, 2013. Epidemiol Infect. 2014 May 15:1-5.
  • Monne I, Fusaro A, Nelson MI, Bonfanti L, Mulatti P, Hughes J, Murcia PR, Schivo A, Valastro V, Moreno A, Holmes EC, Cattoli G. (2014). Emergence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus from a low-pathogenic progenitor. J Virol. 2014 Apr;88(8):4375-88. doi: 10.1128/JVI.03181-13. Epub 2014 Feb 5.
  • Mughini-Gras L, Bonfanti L, Mulatti P, Monne I, Guberti V, Cordioli P,Marangon S. (2014). Environmental correlates of H5N2 low pathogenicity avian influenza outbreak heterogeneity in domestic poultry in Italy. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 22;9(1):e86788. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086788.
  • Monne I, Yamage M, Dauphin G, Claes F, Ahmed G, Giasuddin M, Salviato A, Ormelli S, Bonfante F, Schivo A, and Cattoli G. (2013). Reassortant Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Viruses with H9N2-PB1 Gene in Poultry, Bangladesh. Emerging infectious disease. Volume 19, Number 10—October 2013
  • Fusaro A, Monne I, Salomoni A, Angot A, Trolese M, Ferrè N, Mutinelli F, Holmes EC, Capua I, Lemey P, Cattoli G, De Benedictis P. (2013). The introduction of fox rabies into Italy (2008-2011) was due to two viral genetic groups with distinct phylogeographic patterns. Infect Genet Evol. 2013 Jul;17:202-9. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2013.03.051. Epub 2013 Apr 19. PubMed PMID: 23603764