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 currently executive biologist at the Parasitology laboratory (SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology), as responsible of the molecular biology.

She graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Ferrara (Italy) in 2004, obtained a specialization in Microbiology and Virology (University of Padua-Italy, 2010) and a perfection in new technologies in molecular medicine (University of Padua-Italy, 2013). She has been researcher at the Parasitology laboratory of the IZSVe since 2007. She is member of the Italian Society of Parasitology.

Dr. Ravagnan’s research interests include: development of new molecular methods for the detection and control of zoonotic, vector-borne and fungal diseases. In the field of the canine 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.


  • 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. PubMed PMID: 29554975; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5859684.
  • Ravagnan S, Carli E, Piseddu E, Da Rold G, Porcellato E, Zanardello C, Carminato A, Vascellari M, Capelli G. “Prevalence and molecular characterization of canine and feline hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas) in northern Italy”. Parasit Vectors. 2017 Mar 13;10(1):132. doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2069-9. PubMed PMID: 28285588; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5346832.
  • Zehender G, Veo C, Ebranati E, Carta V, Rovida F, Percivalle E, Moreno A, Lelli D, Calzolari M, Lavazza A, Chiapponi C, Baioni L, Capelli G, Ravagnan S, DaRold G, Lavezzo E, Palù G, Baldanti F, Barzon L, Galli M. “Reconstructing the recent West Nile virus lineage 2 epidemic in Europe and Italy using discrete and ontinuous phylogeography”. PLoS One. 2017 Jul 5;12(7):e0179679. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179679. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28678837; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5497961.
  • Danesi P, Ravagnan S, Johnson LR, Furlanello T, Milani A, Martin P, Boyd S, Best M, Galgut B, Irwin P, Canfield PJ, Krockenberger MB, Halliday C, Meyer W, Malik R. “Molecular diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia in dogs”. Med Mycol. 2017 Nov 1;55(8):828-842. doi: 10.1093/mmy/myx007. PubMed PMID: 28339756.
  • Vascellari M, Ravagnan S, Carminato A, Cazzin S, Carli E, Da Rold G, Lucchese L, Natale A, Otranto D, Capelli G. “Exposure to vector-borne pathogens in candidate blood donor and free-roaming dogs of northeast Italy”. Parasit Vectors. 2016 Jun 29;9(1):369. doi: 10.1186/s13071-016-1639-6. PubMed PMID: 27357128;PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4928314.
  • Veronesi F, Ravagnan S, Cerquetella M, Carli E, Olivieri E, Santoro A, Pesaro S, Berardi S, Rossi G, Ragni B, Beraldo P, Capelli G. “First detection of Cytauxzoon spp. infection in European wildcats (Felis silvestris silvestris) of Italy”. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2016 Apr 11. pii: S1877-959X(16)30059-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2016.04.003. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27150590.
  • Calzolari M, Pautasso A, Montarsi F, Albieri A, Bellini R, Bonilauri P, Defilippo F, Lelli D, Moreno A, Chiari M, Tamba M, Zanoni M, Varisco G, Bertolini S, Modesto P, Radaelli MC, Iulini B, Prearo M, Ravagnan S, Cazzin S, …, Capelli G: “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.
  • Ravagnan S., Montarsi F., Cazzin S., Porcellato E., Russo F., Palei M., Monne I., Savini G., Marangon S., Barzon L., Capelli G.: “First report outside Eastern Europe of West Nile virus lineage 2 related to the Volgograd 2007 strain, north-eastern Italy, 2014”. Parasites & Vectors 2015; 8: 418.
  • Montarsi F., Ciocchetta S., Devine G., Ravagnan S., Mutinelli F., Antonio Frangipane di Regalbono A., Otranto D., Gioia Capelli G.: “Development of Dirofilaria immitis within the mosquito Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus, a new invasive species for Europe”. Parasites & Vectors 2015, 8:177
  • Otranto D., Dantas-Torres F., Giannelli A., Latrofa M.S., Cascio A., Cazzin S., Ravagnan S., Montarsi F., Zanzani S.A., Manfredi M.T., Capelli G.: “Ticks infesting humans in Italy and associated pathogens”. Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:328.