Associate Professor Chiara Palmieri

Assoc Professor in Vet. Pathology

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
c.palmieri@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 828

Overview

Chiara Palmieri

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVP

2014-2016: President of the Australian Society of Veterinary Pathologists

I'm a veterinary pathologist, graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Teramo (Italy) in 2002 and a PhD in Ultrastructural Pathology in 2006. After completing a residency program at the School of Veterinary Medicine of Milan, I became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) in 2009. Before joining UQ in 2012, I was a full-time researcher in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Teramo (Italy). My international work experience and collaborations include the Institute of Animal Production (Prague) and the California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory System (Tulare, California, US). I'm the Director of the training programme for the ECVP board examination at the School of Veterinary Science (approved residency training center) and I assist in the supervision of the advanced training program in veterinary pathology for the ACVP and MANZCVS examination. Roles at the School of Veterinary Science: postgradute coursework co-ordinator, member of the Research Committee of the SVS, member of the Research Higher Degree (RHD) Committee of the SVS, co-ordinator of undergraduate (VETS2007) and postgraduate (VET7611, VETS7618, VETS7704, VETS7711) courses.

Research interests: reproductive pathology (canine prostate and testis cancer, female genital system pathology and infertility in farm animals), evaluation of pregnancy losses and placental abnormalities associated with assisted reproductive techniques, ultrastructural characterization of neoplastic diseases in domestic animals, male reproductive pathology induced by Chlamydia infection in koalas, avian pathology.

Professional skills and competences: 1) Veterinary Pathology diagnostic service: necropsy, histopathology, cytology; 2) technical skills: histology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy.

Publications: 51 papers on international journals with referees, 1 paper on national (Italian) journal with referee, 2 scholarly book chapter, 15 meeting abstracts published on normal or special issues of referred journals indexed on ISI Web of Knowledge; 78 abstracts (in proceedings of Italian and international conferences with referees), oral communications, poster.

Membership: European Society of Veterinary oncology (2014 -), Veterinary Surgeon Board of Queensland (2013-), CL Davis Foundation for the advancement of veterinary and comparative pathology (2013-), Australian Society of Veterinary Pathologists (2012-), International Veterinary Pathology Coalition (2012-), European College of Veterinary pathologists (2009-), European Society of Veterinary Pathology (2004-), Italian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (2003-).

Ad hoc reviewer: Research in Veterinary Science, Avian Pathology, Journal od Lavoratory Diagnostic Investigation, Histology Histopathology, Veterinary Pathology, Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine

Research Interests

  • Pathogenesis of prostate cancer in dog, used as animal model for the spontaneous disease in men
    Collaborators: Prof. Angelo De Marzo (The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA) Prof. Valeria Grieco (University of Milan, Italy) Prof. Renee Laufer Amorim (Sao Paulo State University)
  • Placental insufficiency in pregnancies obtained through assisted reproductive techniques (ARTs) in livestock
    Collaborators: Prof. Pasqualino Loi and Dr. Grazyna Ptak (University of Teramo, Italy) Prof. Larry Reynolds and Dr. Pawel Borowicz (Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy, Dep. Animal Sciences, NDSU, USA)
  • Avian pathology
    Collaborator: Prof. HL Shivaprasad (CAHFS - UCDavis, USA)
  • Effects of Chlamydia infection on the male reproductive system of koalas
    Collaborators: Dr. Steve Johnston (SAFS, UQ)
  • Ultrastructural characterization of neoplastic diseases in domestic animals
    Collaborators: Prof. Paola Roccabianca (University of Milan, Italy) Dr. Giancarlo Avallone (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Placental features and foal development in Thoroughbred horses
    Collaborators: Dr. John Chopin (NSW) Dr. Wynne Collins (SVS, UQ) Dr. John Wright (SVS, UQ)
  • Veterinary oncology

Qualifications

  • Diplomate of the Euro.College of Vet. Pathologists
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Teramo
  • Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The decline in koala population of SEQ threatens this species. Koala chlamydiosis results in hundreds of animals being admitted to koala hospitals each year and this represents an appalling loss of genetic diversity and opportunity for gamete recovery. The male reproductive pathology and the adverse effects of Chlamydia on semen have been under-estimated so that the impact of Chlamydia on male fertility could be more severe than previously thought. This study will provide a better understanding of what proportion of koalas with clinical chlamydiosis has upper reproductive tract pathology that might impact on fertility. The study will be performed on koalas presented for necropsy referred for suspected clinical chlamydiosis from Moggill Koala Hospital, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The effects of Chlamydia infection on the reproductive tract will be evaluated by histopathology, immunohistochemistry and transmission electron microscopy.

    This information will be useful for the reproductive management of this disease to better direct efforts to recover fertility in affected animals.

    If you are interested in this project or discuss it further, please contact: A/Prof Chiara Palmieri T +61 7 5460 1828 E c.palmieri@uq.edu.au

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Barnes, Tamsin S., Palmieri, Chiara, Blyde, David and Ellis, William (2015). Health and disease. In Athol Klieve, Lindsay Hogan, Stephen Johnston and Peter Murray (Ed.), Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals (pp. 315-358) New York, United States: Nova Science.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Alvaran, P. J., Lantican, T. L. D., Barnes, T. S., Bernales, S. M., Lapuz, E. L., Baluyut, A. S., Ignacio, C., Parke, C. R., Palaniappan, G., Ancog, R. C., Mananggit, M. R., Turni, C., Meers, J., Palmieri, C., de Castro, R., Villar, E. and Blackall, P. J. (2017). On-farm veterinary investigations of smallholder pig farms in the municipality of San Simon, Pampanga, Philippines. In: 8th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Wuhan, China, (). 12-15 May, 2017.

  • Alvaran, P. J., Barnes, T. S., Lapuz, E. L., Baluyut, A. S., Lantican, T. L., Parke, C. R., Alawneh, J. I., Cameron, D., Ancog, R. C., Domingo, R., Mananggit, M. R., Turni, C., Meers, J., Palmieri, C., de Castro, R., Villar, E. C. and Blackall, P. J. (2015). EcoHealth in the Philippines Phase 1: Survey of Smallholder Pig Farmers in San Simon, Pampanga. In: Proceedings of the 7th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress. 7th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Manila, Philippines, (99). 25 – 27 October 2015.

  • Reynolds, Lawrence P., Borowicz, Pawel P., Palmieri, Chiara and Grazul-Bilska, Anna T. (2014). Placental vascular defects in compromised pregnancies: effects of assisted reproductive technologies and other maternal stressors. In: Lubo Zhang and Charles A. Ducsay, Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Physiology: Proceedings of the Center for Perinatal Biology 40th Anniversary Symposium. Center for Perinatal Biology 40th Anniversary Symposium, Loma Linda, CA, United States, (193-204). 11 February 2013. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-1031-1_17

  • Gonzalez-Astudillo, V., Schaffer-White, A., Allavena, R. and Palmieri, C. (2014). Serosal myxosarcoma in two koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus): case series. In: ACVP 2014: American College of Veterinary Pathologists 65th Annual Meeting in conjunction with American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) 49th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, (). 8-12 November 2014.

  • Palmieri, C., Romanucci, M., Loi, P. and Della Saida, L. (2012). Abdominal teratoma in a domestic duck (Anas Platyrhynchos Domesticus). In: Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Uppsala, Sweden, (85-85). 7–10 September 2011. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2011.11.160

  • Romanucci, M., D'Amato, G., Malatesta, D., Bongiovanni, L., Palmieri, C., Buracco, P., De Maria, R. and Della Salda, L. (2012). Heat shock protein expression in canine osteosarcoma. In: Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Uppsala, Sweden, (81-81). 7–10 September 2011. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2011.11.143

  • Malatesta, D., Palmieri, C., Polverini, S., Fidanza, A., Ptak, G. and Della Salda, L. (2012). Impaired placental vascularization and embryo growth after in-vitro manipulation in sheep: a morphometric study. In: Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Uppsala, Sweden, (63-63). 7–10 September 2011. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2011.11.071

  • Palmieri, C., Roy, P., Dhillon, A. S., Della Salda, L. and Shivaprasad, H. L. (2012). Mycobacteriosis in psittacines: a potential for zoonotic disease?. In: Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Uppsala Sweden, (70-70). 7–10 September 2011. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2011.11.099

  • Bongiovanni, L., Mazzocchetti, F., Malatesta, D., Romanucci, M., Buracco, P., De Maria, R., Palmieri, C. and Della Salda, L. (2012). Role of beta-catenin in canine osteosarcoma. In: Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Uppsala Sweden, (56-56). 7–10 September 2011. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2011.11.043

  • Palmieri, C., Malatesta, D., Nori, C., Romanucci, M., Bongiovanni, L., Buracco, P., De Maria, R. and Della Salda, L. (2012). Ultrastructural investigation of canine osteosarcoma cells killed by 17-AAG (17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamicin) through autophagy/apoptosis/necrosis.. In: Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. 29th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Uppsala, Sweden, (85-85). 7–10 September 2011. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2011.11.159

  • Fidanza, A., Toschi, P., Czernik, M., Palmieri, C., Di Egidio, F., Zacchini, F., Loi, P. and Ptak, G. (2011). Insufficient placental vascularization causes defective heart development in sheep embryos produced in vitro. In: 4th International IVI Congress, Valencia, Spain, (). 7-9 April 2011.

  • Palmieri, C., Fulka, H., Fulka, J., Jr., Loi, P., Ptak, G. and Della Salda, L. (2007). Limited reprogramming of somatic cell nuclei transferred into mouse immature oocytes. In: Reproduction Fertility and Development. Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society 2007, Kyoto, Japan, (153-154). 6-10 January 2007. doi:10.1071/RDv19n1Ab72

  • Borowicz, Pawel, Minten, Megan, Ptak, Grazyna, Loi, Pasqualino, Della Salda, Leonardo, Palmieri, Chiara, Scapolo, Pier, Cuomo, Amedeo, Jablonska, Zofia, Redmer, Dale, Grazul-Bilska, Anna and Reynolds, Lawrence (2007). Maternal placental vascularity and capillary endothelial cell proliferation during early pregnancy after transfer of embryos generated through assisted reproductive technology in sheep. In: 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction: Meeting abstracts. 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, San Antonio, TX, United States, (205-205). 21-25 July 2007.

  • Bongiovanni, L., Della Salda, G., Venuti, A., Simeone, P., Romanucci, M., Rizzo, C. and Palmieri, C. (2006). A novel papillomavirus identified in multiple skin neoplasms in twin goats. In: Selected Abstracts from the 21st ESVD Congress. 21st ESVD Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, (355-356). 7-9 September 2006. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3164.2006.00539.x

  • Loi, P., Matsukawa, K., Palmieri, C. and Della Salda, L. (2006). Defective Placental vascularization and trophism in full term somatic cell clones. In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society. Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society, Orlando, FL, United States, (137-137). 7-11 January 2006. doi:10.1071/RDv18n2Ab57

  • Ogushi, Sugako, Palmieri, Chiara, Miyano, Takashi and Fulka, Josef (2005). Maturation and fertilization of pig enucleolated oocytes. In: Special Issue: The Society for the Study of Reproduction. 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, Quebec City Canada, (101-101). 24-27July 2005.

  • Di Guardo, G., Agrimi, U., Della Salda, L., Terracciano, G., Marruchella, G., Bongiovanni, L., Malatesta, D., Romanucci, M., Mara, M., Palmieri, C. and Kennedy, S. (2003). Morbillivirus infections in free-living sea mammals: An overview. In: 21th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology (ESVP), Dublin, Ireland, (). 10-13 September 2003.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2015) Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The decline in koala population of SEQ threatens this species. Koala chlamydiosis results in hundreds of animals being admitted to koala hospitals each year and this represents an appalling loss of genetic diversity and opportunity for gamete recovery. The male reproductive pathology and the adverse effects of Chlamydia on semen have been under-estimated so that the impact of Chlamydia on male fertility could be more severe than previously thought. This study will provide a better understanding of what proportion of koalas with clinical chlamydiosis has upper reproductive tract pathology that might impact on fertility. The study will be performed on koalas presented for necropsy referred for suspected clinical chlamydiosis from Moggill Koala Hospital, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The effects of Chlamydia infection on the reproductive tract will be evaluated by histopathology, immunohistochemistry and transmission electron microscopy.

    This information will be useful for the reproductive management of this disease to better direct efforts to recover fertility in affected animals.

    If you are interested in this project or discuss it further, please contact: A/Prof Chiara Palmieri T +61 7 5460 1828 E c.palmieri@uq.edu.au