Alessandra Torina

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, Italy

Alessandra Torina holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology and an M.S. degree in hygiene. Since 2002, she has been serving as a Research Leader and the Head of CRABaRT (National Centre of Reference for Anaplasma, Babesia, Rickettsia and Theileria) and of Entomology and Control Environmental Vectors Laboratory. She has been involved in national and international research projects, as well as in routine activities concerning the detection and the clinical analysis confirmation of tick-borne disease. Her current research interests include molecular approaches to the study of host-vector-pathogen interactions, ticks and tick-borne diseases, and entomology related to West Nile diseases, Bluetongue, and Leishmania. Some topics of interest during her scientific career have also been related to parasitology and entomological field as (i) study of diffusion and seasonal distributions of nematodes; (ii) entomological surveillance for Bluetongue in Sicily (Culicoides); (iii) identification of virus vector species among mosquitoes; (iv) ticks identification and study of seasonal distribution and their vector role; (v) tick borne antropozoonoses; (vi) vector role of Sandflies for Leishmania. She has been in charge as a principal scientific responsible or partner for 25 research projects granted by Health Ministry, and of one European project (VI framework program). She coauthored 231 scientific papers published in 45 international journals, 36 national journals, 86 international conference proceedings, and 64 national conference proceedings.

Biography Updated on 15 February 2012

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