Ravagnan Silvia

Ravagnan Silvia | IZSVe Role Biologist
Department SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology
Phone +39 049 8084292
E-mail sravagnan@izsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Silvia Ravagnan is executive biologist at the Laboratory of Parasitology, Mycology and Entomology (SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology), as responsible of the genetic characterization Unit.

Ravagnan’s research interests include: development of new molecular methods for the detection and control of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. In the field of the canine and feline blood bank her work is aimed at developing and applying biomolecular methods to screen the blood bags.

Her diagnostic and research activities involve: the surveillance of vector-borne diseases and evaluation of the risk of spreading; study of innovative molecular platform for tick-borne diseases; preference of host of the blood meal of mosquitoes; spread of pathogens transmitted by ticks in symptomatic and asymptomatic dogs. She has been involved in surveillance regional plans for West Nile Disease, since 2010.


  • Latrofa MS, Iatta R, Toniolo F, Furlanello T, Ravagnan S, Capelli G, Schunack B, Chomel B, Zatelli A, Mendoza-Roldan J, Dantas-Torres F, Otranto D. A molecular survey of vector-borne pathogens and haemoplasmas in owned cats across Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2020 Apr 21;13(1):116. doi: 10.1186/s13071-020-3990-x. PMID: 32312323; PMCID: PMC7171850.
  • Iatta R, Natale A, Ravagnan S, Mendoza-Roldan J, Zatelli A, Cavalera MA, Nachum-Biala Y, Baneth G, Otranto D. Zoonotic and vector-borne pathogens in tigers from a wildlife safari park, Italy. Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl. 2020 Mar 28;12:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2020.03.006. PMID: 32280584; PMCID:PMC7139133.
  • Simonato G, Marchiori E, Marcer F, Ravagnan S, Danesi P, Montarsi F, Bononi C, Capelli G, Pietrobelli M, Cassini R. Canine Leishmaniosis Control through the Promotion of Preventive Measures Appropriately Adopted by Citizens. J Parasitol Res. 2020 Jun 27;2020:8837367. doi: 10.1155/2020/8837367. PMID: 32685202; PMCID: PMC7336234.
  • Lucchese L, Ravagnan S, Da Rold G, Toniolo F, Wurzburger W, Mion M, Carminato A, Fournier PE, Capelli G, Natale A, Vascellari M. Survival of Rickettsia conorii in artificially contaminated whole and leukoreduced canine blood units during the storage period. Parasit Vectors. 2020 Apr 21;13(1):118. doi: 10.1186/s13071-020-3991-9. PMID: 32312308; PMCID: PMC7171768.
  • Marcer F, Tosi F, Franzo G, Vetri A, Ravagnan S, Santoro M, Marchiori E. Updates on Ecology and Life Cycle of Sulcascaris sulcata (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in Mediterranean Grounds: Molecular Identification of Larvae Infecting Edible Scallops. Front Vet Sci. 2020 Feb 14;7:64. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.00064. PMID: 32118077; PMCID: PMC7033499.
  • 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 Apr;16:100269. doi: 10.1016/j.vprsr.2019.100269. Epub 2019 Jan 31. PMID: 31027607.
  • Stancampiano L, Ravagnan S, Capelli G, Militerno G. Cysticercosis by Taenia pisiformis in Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) in Northern Italy: Epidemiologic and pathologic features. Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl. 2019 Apr 10;9:139-143. doi: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2019.04.004. PMID: 31080730; PMCID:PMC6506461.
  • 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. Mycopathologia. 2020 Feb;185(1):51-65. doi: 10.1007/s11046-019-00353-8. Epub 2019 Jun 24. PMID: 31325117.
  • Da Rold G, Ravagnan S, Soppelsa F, Porcellato E, Soppelsa M, Obber F, Citterio CV, Carlin S, Danesi P, Montarsi F, Capelli G. Ticks are more suitable than red foxes for monitoring zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in northeastern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2018 Mar 20;11(1):137. doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-2726-7. PMID: 29554970; PMCID: PMC5859681.
  • Ravagnan S, Tomassone L, Montarsi F, Krawczyk AI, Mastrorilli E, Sprong H, Milani A, Rossi L, Capelli G. First detection of Borrelia miyamotoi in Ixodes ricinus ticks from northern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2018 Mar 20;11(1):130. doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-2713-z. PMID: 29554975; PMCID: PMC5859684.