DIVERIO Silvana - Associate Professor VET / 02

Degree in Veterinary Medicine (1985, University of PISA)

Master in Tropical Veterinary Medicine

PhD (1992, University of Perugia).

Diploma European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM), sub-specialty Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (2016).

Research interests and technical-scientific skills:

  • Evaluation and promotion of animal welfare (behavioural, physiological, emotional comfort, animal-based indicators)
  • Management protocols for the promotion of adoptions and welfare of shelter dogs – RandAgiamo Project.
  • Study of the factors limiting the success of the search of rescue dog units: identification of improvement strategies; stress, increase in social and employment resilience and performance.
  • Environmental enrichment and learning in dogs: molecular study of the expression of genes related to neuroplasticity.
  • Emotional comfort and animal handling techniques, palliative care and pain.
  • Value of the non-human human-animal relationship. Activities and therapies assisted with animals.
  • Study of the impact of the human-animal non-human relationship in cooperation projects in developing countries (Uganda) in the context of One Health interventions for the prevention of zoonoses.

Consolidated experience in behavioural analysis techniques, telemetric monitoring of physiological parameters and evaluation of animal welfare state.

Consolidated experience in pet behavioural medicine

MARANESI Margherita - Associate Professor VET/02

Degree in Veterinary Medicine (2001, Università di Perugia).

PhD (2006, Università di Perugia).

Specialization in Inspection of food, animal origin (2008, Università di Perugia).

Main research topic e technical-scientific skills:

  • study of chemical messengers and inter- and intracellular mechanisms that regulate the reproductive processes of animals of veterinary interest;
  • study of the nerve growth factor as a potential ovulation inducing factor in various domestic (rabbit, sheep) and non-domestic (grey squirrel) species;
  • study of the molecules and related receptors involved in appetite and energy metabolism control, in various organs and apparatuses of domestic animals;
  • Study of the presence and distribution of molecules involved in appetite control and energy metabolism (leptin, orexin A and B, apelin, ghrelin, cannabinoids and their receptors), in various organs and systems of domestic and wild mammals, also in relation to different diets and metabolic states (e.g. obesity);
  • Analysis of the effects of climate change on the sheep and on the Apennine pastoral system;
  • Consolidated experience in the experimental use of laboratory animals, molecular biology techniques and protein analysis.


ZERANI Massimo - Associate professor VET/02

Degree in Biological Sciences (1982, University of Camerino).

Research interests and technical-scientific skills:

  • Physiology of reproduction in the lower and upper vertebrates.
  • Regulation mechanisms of the corpus luteum: regulation at cellular, molecular and gene level of the different phases of luteal development.
  • Cellular biology to analyze the inter- and intra-cellular signal transmission pathways.
  • Molecular biology for the quantification of gene and protein expression
  • RIA and ELISA analytical techniques for hormonal assays from in vivo and in vitro experiments

BARBATO Olimpia - Researcher VET / 02

Degree in Veterinary Medicine (1996, University of Perugia).

PhD (2001, University of Sassari)

Research interests and technical-scientific skills:

  • Studies on reproduction in zootechnical species:
  • Study on the monitoring of pregnancy and placental alterations through the isolation and characterization of placental proteins
  • Development of hormonal assays RIA and EIA species specific to PAGs (pregnancy-associated glycoproteins)
  • Study on oxidative stress as a possible cause of deficit in reproductive performance.
  • Studies on the induction of heat and the seasonal adjustment for the application of the F.A. to improvement of reproductive performance in buffalo, sheep and goat
  • Research on PAGs (pregnancy-associated glycoproteins) and purification of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) and set up of specific assay methods used for the pregnancy diagnosis and as an index of fetoplacental wellfare.
  • Identification of molecular markers useful for recognizing the pregnancy status
  • Study of hormonal protocols and biostimulation techniques that allow to increase fertility and improve wellfare
  • Study of the effects of the administration of probiotics and nutraceuticals, such as colostrum and Goji berry, on the rabbit's reproductive system
  • Welfare indicators linked to the improvement of meat quality.
  • Consolidated experience in radioimmunoassay and immunoenzymatic assay techniques.
  • Use of molecular biology techniques for the quantification of gene and protein expression


ZAMPINI DANILO - Researcher VET/02

Degree in Biological Sciences (1981, University of Perugia)

Research interests and technical-scientific skills:

  • Biomolecular analysis of some physio-pathological markers in animals.
  • Expertise in immunological and immunometric assays and analysis.


GUELFI Gabriella

Degree in Medical Biotechnology (2007, University of Perugia)

PhD (2012, University of Perugia).

Research interests and technical-scientific skills:

  • Study of epigenetic mechanisms involved in working dog neuroplasticity in relationship to environmental enrichment models.
  • Molecular investigation of physiological stress and animal welfare.
  • Investigation of microRNA-mediated gene regulation in health and disease

Consolidated experience in biotechnological techniques and bioinformatics analysis.  .


RICCI Giovanni

Degree in Veterinary Medicine (1996, University of Perugia)

PhD in “Veterinary and compared Oncology” (2001, University of Perugia)

Specialization in “Animal health, breeding and livestock production” (2005, University of Perugia)

Research interests and technical-scientific skills:

  • Histological, histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques in morphofunctional studies of the digestive system and the immune system
  • Radioimmunoassay and immunoenzymatic assay techniques (RIA, ELISA)
  • Consolidated experience in the use of laboratory animals in in vivo experimentation 


CASANO Anna Beatrice

Degree in Hygiene and Quality of Animal Production (2014, University of Perugia)

Master's Degree in Medical, Veterinary and Forensic Biotechnology (2017, University of Perugia2016)

Doctorate in Veterinary Health and Experimental Sciences (XXXV cycle, University of Perugia).

Title of the Doctoral Project: Gene expression of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) and the Interferon-stimulated gene (ISG) in buffalo blood with different fattening status: new diagnostic and prognostic markers of maternal - fetal cell interaction ".


Graduated in Veterinary Medicine, 2009 - UdelaR (Uruguay)

 Third year PhD student in Healthcare and veterinary experimental sciences, cycle XXXV

 Title of the research: Adipokines in the reproductive system of domestic animals


Graduated in Veterinary Medicine 2016 SPbSUVM (Saint Petersburg, Russia),

Second year PhD student in Healthcare and veterinary experimental sciences, cycle XXXVI

Title of the research: Ovulation-inducing factors (OIFs): new physiological mechanisms in spontaneous and reflex ovulation species



Graduated in Veterinary Medicine

Laboratory of Ethology and Animal Welfare - RandAgiamo Project

Veterinarian expert in behaviour


AMATO Silvia

Graduated in Economics

Laboratory of Ethology and Animal Welfare - RandAgiamo Project

Dog trainer expert in behavior



Graduated in Zootechnical Science

Laboratory of Ethology and Animal Welfare - RandAgiamo Project

Dog trainer



Laboratory of Ethology and Animal Welfare - RandAgiamo Project

Dog trainer


LS17 - Carbohydrate synthesis, modification and turnover 

LS3 - Cellular and Developmental Biology: Cell biology, cell physiology, signal transduction, organogenesis, developmental genetics, pattern formation in plants and animals, stem cell biology 

LS613 - Veterinary medicine and infectious diseases in animals 

LS76 - Gene therapy, cell therapy, regenerative medicine 

LS2 Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: Molecular and population genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, biological modelling and simulation, systems biology, genetic epidemiology 

LS4 Physiology, Pathophysiology and Endocrinology: Organ physiology, pathophysiology, endocrinology, metabolism, ageing, tumorigenesis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome 

LS8 Evolutionary, population and environmental biology: evolution, ecology, animal behaviour, population biology, biodiversity, biogeography, marine biology, eco-toxicology, prokaryotic biology 

LS9 Applied life Sciences and Non-Medical Biotechnology: Agricultural, animal, fishery, forestry and food sciences; biotechnology, genetic engineering, synthetic and chemical biology, industrial biosciences; environmental biotechnology and remediation