Dr Francesca Chianini
Moredun Research Institute
Pentlands Science Park
Midlothian EH26 0PZ
Francesca Chianini graduated in 1995 from Pisa Vet School in Italy. She practised in central Italy for two years before joining the Department of Pathology at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain where she carried out a Marie Courie founded PhD on Circovirus in pigs.
In 2002 she moved to the Moredun Research Institute (MRI) where she led the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) group till 2012. She currently provides veterinary pathology expertise for Moredun research projects covering a number of bacterial, parasitological and viral diseases of sheep and cattle, as well as undertaking consultancy neuro-histopathological surveillance of diseases of farm livestock in Scotland.
- Protozoan infections in ruminants (Toxoplasma and Neospora).
- Comparative neuropathology.
- Infectious disease of livestock.
Selected Key Publications
- Hughes, V., Denham S., Bannantine J. P., Chianini F., Kerr K., May L., et al. 2013. Interferon gamma responses to proteome-determined specific recombinant proteins: Potential as diagnostic markers for ovine Johne's disease. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 155(3):197-204.
- Chianini, F., Sisó S., Ricci E., Eaton S. L., Finlayson J., Pang Y., et al. 2013. Pathogenesis of scrapie in ARQ/ARQ sheep after subcutaneous infection: effect of lymphadenectomy and immune cell subset changes in relation to prion protein accumulation. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 152(3-4):348-358.
- Cantón, G. J., Katzer F., Benavides-Silván J., Maley S. W., Palarea-Albaladejo J., Pang Y., et al. 2013. Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation. Veterinary Research. 44(1):60.
- Canton, G., Bartley P., Bartley K., Todd H., Chianini F., & Katzer F. 2012. Production of a bovine IL-12p40 probe and application using in situ hybridization on ruminant fixed tissues. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 151(3-4):342-347.
- Benavides, J., Katzer F., Maley S. W., Bartley P. M., Cantón G., Palarea-Albaladejo J., et al. 2012. High rate of transplacental infection and transmission of Neospora caninum following experimental challenge of cattle at day 210 of gestation. Veterinary Research. 43(1):83.
- Gonzalez, L., Jeffrey M., Dagleish M. P., Goldmann W., Siso S., Eaton S. L., et al. 2012. Susceptibility to scrapie and disease phenotype in sheep: cross-Prnp genotype experimental transmissions with natural sources. Veterinary Research. 43(1):55.
- Sisó, S., Chianini F., Eaton S. L., Witz J., Hamilton S., Martin S., et al. 2012. Disease phenotype in sheep after infection with cloned murine scrapie strains. Prion. 6(2):174 - 183.
- Chianini, F., Fernandez-Borges N., Vidal E., Gibbard L., Pintado B., de Castro J., et al. 2012. Rabbits are not resistant to prion infection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(13):5080-5085.
- Dagleish, M. P., Finlayson J., Steele P. J., Pang Y., Hamilton S., Eaton S. L., et al. 2011. Immunophenotype of cells within cervine rectoanal mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue and mesenteric lymph nodes. Journal of Comparative Pathology. 146(4):365-371.
- Gonzalez, L., Dagleish M. P., Martin S., Finlayson J., Siso S., Eaton S. L., et al. 2011. Factors influencing temporal variation of scrapie incidence within a closed Suffolk sheep flock. Journal of General Virology. 93(1):203-211.
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