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Ravagnan Silvia

Ravagnan Silvia | IZSVe Role Biologist
Department SCS3 – Diagnostic services, histopathology, parasitology
Phone +39 049 8084292

Professional profile

Silvia Ravagnan is currently executive biologist at the Parasitology laboratory (SCS3 – Diagnostic services, histopathology and 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.


  • 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.
  • Laus F., Spaterna A., Faillace V., Veronesi F., Ravagnan S., Beribé F., Cerquetella M., Meligrana M., Tesei B.: Clinical investigation on Theileria equi and Babesia caballi infections in Italian donkeys. BMC Vet Res. 2015, 11(1):100.
  • 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.
  • Veronesi F., Morganti G., Ravagnan S., Laus F., Spaterna A., Diaferia M., Moretti A., Piergili Fioretti D., Capelli G.: Molecular and serological detection of tick-borne pathogens in donkeys (Equus asinus) in Central Italy. Veterinary Microbiology 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2014.08.017
  • Montarsi M., Ciocchetta S., Ravagnan S., Simonato G., Mutinelli M., Camuffo S., Frangipane di Regalbono A., Capelli G.: Laboratory evidence on vector competence of the invasive mosquito Aedes koreicus [Hulecoeteomyia koreica] for Dirofilaria immitis. Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7 (Suppl 1): O34.
  • Montarsi F., Martini S., Dal Pont M., Delai N., Ferro Milone N., Mazzucato M., Soppelsa F., Cazzola L., Cazzin S., Ravagnan S., Ciocchetta S., Russo F., Capelli G.: Distribution and habitat characterization of the recently introduced invasive mosquito Aedes koreicus (Hulecoeteomyia koreica), a new potential vector and pest in north-eastern Italy. Parasites & Vectors 2013, 6:292.
  • Latrofa M.S., Montarsi F., Ciocchetta S., Annoscia G., Dantas-Torres F., Ravagnan S., Capelli G., Otranto D.: Molecular xenomonitoring of Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens in mosquitoes from north-eastern Italy by real-time PCR coupled with melting curve analysis. Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:76.
  • Capelli G., Ravagnan S., Montarsi F., Ciocchetta S., Cazzin S., Porcellato E., Babiker A.M., Cassini R., Salviato A., Cattoli G., Otranto D.: Occurrence and identification of risk areas of Ixodes ricinus-borne pathogens: a cost-effectiveness analysis in north-eastern Italy. Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:61.

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