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Dr Francesca Chianini

Dr Francesca Chianini

Moredun Research Institute
Pentlands Science Park
Bush Loan
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.

Current Research

  • Protozoan infections in ruminants (Toxoplasma and Neospora).
  • Comparative neuropathology.
  • Infectious disease of livestock.

Selected Key Publications