Francesca is a veterinarian and public health microbiologist with interest in zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance, and experience in diagnostics and surveillance for infectious diseases. She has a broad knowledge on laboratory methods for detection and characterization of infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance, and experience in molecular epidemiology for surveillance and outbreak investigations.
She holds a PhD with focus on animal pathology and health, and graduated in the advanced field epidemiology and laboratory training programme organized by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2016. Before joining the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (FAO), she worked in different microbiology laboratories conducting research and diagnostic activities, at the European Food Safety Authority supporting risk assessment and risk communication in the context of food safety for food-borne zoonoses, and at the WHO country office in Cambodia improving sample collection and transportation for surveillance and outbreak investigations.
Francesca is currently working as international consultant to support for laboratory and surveillance capacity building activities to combat antimicrobial resistance using One Health approach at FAO Headquarters in Rome. She is also a trainer and an assessor of the FAO Assessment Tool for Laboratories and AMR Surveillance Systems (FAO-ATLASS) supporting for the implementation in the field.
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 9:15 – 10:45 am