Dr Silvia Ciocchetta

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science

Overview

I am a fully qualified Veterinarian in Italy, with a Masters in Animal Health, Animal Farming and Animal Productions and a PhD in Medical Entomology (QUT).

I have worked for more than 10 years supporting research and public health projects in Australia and internationally including developing countries, gaining wide field and laboratory experience in Medical Entomology, Vector-Borne Diseases Surveillance, Vector Biology and Control, Infectious Diseases, Zoonoses and Parasitology. My expertise includes extensive practice in arthropods colony maintenance and PC3 environments, working on arboviruses laboratory transmission models with quarantine mosquito species. I have a total of eleven publications in peer-reviewed international journals and I have presented my research at 8 national conferences and 9 international conferences.

Prior to commencing my PhD program in Australia, I gained significant professional experience during a five years training at the Parasitology Laboratory of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (Italian Health Authority and Research Organisation for Animal Health and Food Safety) where I underwent diagnostic training on arthropod parasites of veterinary and medical importance.

I recently worked under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Jones at the UQ School of Veterinary Science on Schistosoma animal models, and I am leading a study on the field monitoring of the dog heartworm vectors in Queensland at the same School.

I am a team member of the UQ Infectious disease diagnostics group at the School of Public Health (https://public-health.uq.edu.au/research/infectious-disease-diagnostics) where I am currently involved as co-investigator and Postdoctoral Research Fellow on an innovative Med Tech project: a light-based rapid detection method (NIRS) for the quantification of intestinal worm burden in humans, under the supervision of Doctor Sikulu-Lord. I am also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UQ School of Veterinary Science working on a multidisciplinary project that brings together academic research groups, government agencies and livestock industry partners from different Australian states, to understand Q fever prevalence and dynamics in macropods and livestock, under the supervision of Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Magalhaes.

Publications

  • McPherson, Brady, Sheridan, Sarah, Owada, Kei, Naseri, Take, Thomsen, Robert, Mauala, Tautala, Mayfield, Helen, Rigby, Lisa, Ciocchetta, Silvia, Maguire, Julia, Pilotte, Nils, Gonzalez, Andrew M., Williams, Steven A., Gass, Katherine, Graves, Patricia M. and Lau, Colleen L. (2019). Lymphatic filariasis elimination in Samoa: evaluating the use of molecular xenomonitoring as a surveillance tool. 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), National Harbor, MD, United States, 20-24 November, 2019. Deerfield, IL, United States: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.abstract2019

  • Ciocchetta, Silvia, Prow, Natalie A., Darbro, Jonathan M., Frentiu, Francesca D., Savino, Sandro, Montarsi, Fabrizio, Capelli, Gioia, Aaskov, John G. and Devine, Gregor J. (2018). The new European invader Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus: a potential vector of chikungunya virus. Pathogens and Global Health, 112 (3), 107-114. doi: 10.1080/20477724.2018.1464780

  • Ciocchetta, Silvia, Darbro, Jonathan M., Frentiu, Francesca D., Montarsi, Fabrizio, Capelli, Gioia, Aaskov, John G. and Devine, Gregor J. (2017). Laboratory colonization of the European invasive mosquito Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus. Parasites and Vectors, 10 (1) 74 doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2010-2

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McPherson, Brady, Sheridan, Sarah, Owada, Kei, Naseri, Take, Thomsen, Robert, Mauala, Tautala, Mayfield, Helen, Rigby, Lisa, Ciocchetta, Silvia, Maguire, Julia, Pilotte, Nils, Gonzalez, Andrew M., Williams, Steven A., Gass, Katherine, Graves, Patricia M. and Lau, Colleen L. (2019). Lymphatic filariasis elimination in Samoa: evaluating the use of molecular xenomonitoring as a surveillance tool. 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), National Harbor, MD, United States, 20-24 November, 2019. Deerfield, IL, United States: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.abstract2019

  • Montarsi, F, Ciocchetta, S, Ravagnan, S, Simonato, G, Mutinelli, F, Camuffo, S, Frangipane di Regalbono, A and Capelli, G (2014). Laboratory evidence on vector competence of the invasive mosquito Aedes koreicus [Hulecoeteomyia koreica] for Dirofilaria immitis. 1st Conference on Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases (EurNegVec): with Management Committee and Working Group Meetings of the COST Action TD1303, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 8-11 April 2014. London, United Kingdom: BioMed Central. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-s1-o34

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