Scientific Background: Andrea Laconi got an Ms.C in Biotechnology and successfully defended his PhD thesis in infectious diseases at the Department of Veterinary Medical Science of the University of Bologna (2016). He worked as Research Associate post-doc (PDRA) at Department of Infection Biology of the University of Liverpool (January 2016-March 2017), working on the development of recombinant AMPV viruses, then as PDRA at the Department of Pathobiology of the University of Utrecht (NL) investigating the molecular biology of poultry respiratory viruses using reverse genetics (April 2017-April 2018). May 2018-September 2019, fellowship at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie developing diagnostic tools for avian respiratory viruses. Since October 2019, he is Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals at the University of Padua. Research topics; poultry science; development of molecular biology assays for pathogens and ARGs detection; microbial and ARGs characterization using second and third-generation sequencing tools (23 Scopus publications; H-index 7).