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Montarsi Fabrizio

Fabrizio Montarsi | IZSVe Role Biologist
Department SCS3 – Diagnostics, histopatology and parassitology
Phone +39 049 8084380

Professional profile

Fabrizio Montarsi is currently executive biologist at the Parasitology laboratory (SCS3 – Diagnostic services, histopathology and parasitology) at the IZSVe as responsible of the Vector Unit.

He graduated in Biology at the University “La Sapienza”of Rome (Italy) and obtained a specialization in Microbiology and Virology at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2012. He has been researcher at Parasitology of the IZSVe from 2005 to 2014 first as scholarship and then as consultant. He is member of the Italian Society of Parasitology (SOIPA) and Italian Association for Forensic Entomology (GIEF).

Fabrizio Montarsi’s research interests include medical and veterinary entomology focusing on arthropods vectors of pathogens as mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, etc. He is currently involved in the monitoring and surveillance of vector-borne pathogens projects in north-eastern Italy. In addition, he is in charge of identification and management of arthropods pests of stored food.

Since 2009, he has been in charge of the entomological surveillance and identification of mosquitoes in regional and national plans for West Nile Disease. Since 2014 he has been undertaking monitoring of invasive mosquito species (Aedes albopictus and Ae. koreicus) for Lexem Project funded by Province of Trento. Since 2002, he has been in charge of the entomological surveillance and identification of Culicoides vectors of Bluetongue virus. In addition, he is currently involved in monitoring of ticks and sandflies for Local Health Unit projects.


  • Montarsi F, Drago A, Martini S, Calzolari M, Defilippo F, Bianchi A, Mazzucato M, Ciocchetta S, Arnoldi D Baldacchino, Rizzoli A, Capelli. Current distribution of the invasive mosquito species, Aedes koreicus [Hulecoeteomyia koreica] in northern Italy. Parasits Vectors, 2015. 8(1):614.
  • Calzolari M, Pautasso A, Montarsi F, Albieri A, Bellini R, Bonilauri P, et al. West Nile Virus Surveillance in 2013 via Mosquito Screening in Northern Italy and the Influence of Weather on Virus Circulation. PLoS ONE, 2015. 10(10): e0140915.
  • Baldacchino F, Caputo B, Chandre F, Drago A, Della Torre A, Montarsi F, Rizzoli A. Control methods against invasive Aedes mosquitoes in Europe: a review. Pest Manag Sci, 2015. May 21.
  • Rizzoli A, Bolzoni L, Chadwick EA, Capelli G, Montarsi F, Grisenti M, de la Puente JM, Muñoz J, Figuerola J, Soriguer R, Anfora G, Di Luca M, Rosà R. Understanding West Nile virus ecology in Europe: Culex pipiens host feeding preference in a hotspot of virus emergence. Parasit Vectors, 2015. Apr 9;8(1):213.
  • Montarsi F, Ciocchetta S, Devine G, Ravagnan S, Mutinelli F, Frangipane di Regalbono A, Otranto D, Capelli G. Development of Dirofilaria immitis within the mosquito Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus, a new invasive species for Europe. Parasit Vectors, 2015. Mar 23;8:177.
  • Montarsi F, Mazzon L, Cazzin S, Ciocchetta S, Capelli G. Seasonal and Daily Activity Patterns of Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) Vectors of Pathogens in Northeastern Italy. J. Med. Entomol, 2015. 52(1): 56–62.
  • Mutinelli F, Montarsi F, Federico G, Granato A, Maroni Ponti A, Grandinetti G, Ferrè N, Franco S, Duquesne V, Rivière MP, Thiéry R, Henrikx P, Ribière-Chabert M, Chauzat MP. Detection of Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae.) in Italy: outbreaks and early reaction measures. Journal of Apicultural Research, 2014. 53(5): 569-575.
  • Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Giannelli A, Latrofa MS, Cascio A, Cazzin S, Ravagnan S, Montarsi F, Zanzani SA, Manfredi MT, Capelli G. Ticks infesting humans in Italy and associated pathogens. Parasit Vectors, 2014. Jul 14;7(1):328.
  • Signorini M, Drigo M, Marcer F, Frangipane di Regalbono A, Gasparini G, Montarsi F, Pietrobelli M, Cassini R. Comparative field study to evaluate the performance of three different traps for collecting sand flies in northeastern Italy. J Vect Ecol, 2013. 38(2): 374-378.
  • Cassini R, Bonoli C, Montarsi F, Tessarin C, Mercer F, Galuppi R. Detection of Babesia EU1 in Ixodes ricinus ticks in northern Italy. Veterinary Parasitology, 2010. Jul 15;171(1-2):151-4.

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