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Andrea Laconi

University of Padua
Italy
Working Groups: WG1
Scientific Expertise: Molecular genetics, reverse genetics and RNAi; Microbiology; Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics, plant-animal interactions
Contribution: Being part of the H2020 - Networking European poultry actors for enhancing the compliance of biosecurity measures for a sustainable production I will be able to combine the knowledge and the networking acquired within this project to help mapping mapping biosecurity measures applied on farms and transport across Europe, to help improving biosecurity implementation towards the reduction of antimicrobials use and AMR dissemination.
Motivation: Since I joined the Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science of the University of Padua as Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals, my researches mainly focus on investigating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) in intense farming and in the environment (e.g. ARGs detection using molecular biology assays, ARGs and microbial community characterization using second and third generation sequencing tools) and improving biosecurity measures (H2020 - Networking European poultry actors for enhancing the compliance of biosecurity measures for a sustainable production) towards the reduction of antimicrobials use and AMR dissemination. As a young researcher, I would like to join the BETTER project in order to have the opportunity to interact with world experts in the field of biosecurity and to benefits from their experience.
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).