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Flavia Pizzi


Senior Scientist 

Email: pizzi * ibba.cnr.it | Phone: 0371 4662 505 | Fax: 0371 4662 501

 H index 13 (Scopus)

Education and professional experience

Ph. D. in Animal Science, Università di Milano, Degree (Laurea) in Animal Production. Università di Milano

2008- present Head of Research Unit of Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology - National Research Council IBBA CNR in Lodi

2016 - present Coordinator of Project Area Ottimizzazione dell'uso delle risorse naturali negli ecosistemi  of  CNR Department  Biology, agriculture and food sciences

2018 – present Referent for the thematic areas Animal health and welfare for the National Reserch Council within the European Food Safety Authority EFSA

Plant and Animal Biodiversity, Animal Reproduction, Animal genetic resources conservation, Cell Biology

Ongoing projects

2018- present Scientific coordinator of IBBA CNR Unit in the framework of CHEESR - Conservation, Health and Efficiency Empowerment of Small Ruminant project funded by Reg (UE) 1305/2013. Programma di Sviluppo Rurale Nazionale 2014/2020. Caratterizzazione delle risorse genetiche animali di interesse zootecnico e salvaguardia della biodiversità.

2018- present Scientific coordinator of IBBA CNR Unit in the framework of BIONET project funded by Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Rurale 2014-2020

2015 July Expert member of the Italian National Research Council delegation during the visit in Mongolia in the framework the Agreement between Italian National Research Council and Mongolian Academy of Science

2015 - present Participant EU Horizon 2020 project Innovative Management of Genetic Resources H2020-SFS-2015-2
IMAGE Innovative Management of Animal Genetic resources
H2020-EU.3.2. - SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Food security,
Total funding: 1.396.875 euro funding to Partner 490.000 euro
Project ID: 677353, http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/200171_en.html, http://www.imageh2020.eu

2014-present Award of the National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as Associate Professor

2014- 2016 Principal investigator in the bilateral project Development of integrative model of management system for assisted reproductive techniques in goat local breeds: the Angora breed case study in the framework of Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)

2013 – present referee Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca MIUR and Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca

2013- 2016 head of WG “Cattle male fertility” in the framework of Genome Research Resort (GenHome) project. MIUR
Total funding: 10.882.320 euro
Provv CNR 4375 del 22/10/2012, http://www.genhome.eu/research

2013-2015 Principal investigator in the project Fertility in buffalo and cattle under heat stress conditions funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Executive in the framework of Program for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Egypt and Italy, Years 2013-2015

2013- 2015 Participant in the project INTEROMICS - Development of an integrated platform for the application of "omic" sciences to biomarker definition and theranostic, predictive and diagnostic profiles
MIUR – Progetti Bandiera
Total funding to Partner IBBA-CNR 300.000
Provvedimento n. 4375 del 22/10/2013

2012-2014 Scientific Coordinator IBBA CNR as subcontractor in the framework of EU-KBBE project FECUND (FundamEntal Cattle ReprodUctioN StuDy)

2012-2014 Principal Scientist in Joint research project CNR and National Council of Science and Technology of Perù (CONCYTEC) –2012/2014: “Testicular structure, daily sperm production and changes in sperm quality after cryopreservation in alpaca and local breeds for their genetic conservation”.

2012 member of FAO Working Group for the preparation of the Guidelines for Cryoconservation of Animal Genetic Resources

2011-2014 Participant in the project “ Characterization of pig local breeds of Southern Italy for the biodiversity conservation within the framework of the research program "CISIA – Integrated knowledge for sustainability and innovation of made in Italy agroofood products”

2011-2014 in Principal Scientist IBBA CNR in the project “Harmonization of genetic resources available in National research Council” within the project "CISIA – Integrated knowledge for sustainability and innovation of made in Italy agroofood products”

2011 FAO Consultant at National Biodiversity Center in Bhutan

2010-2012 Principal Scientist in Joint research project CNR_Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (Egypt ) “Factors affecting the developmental competence of in vitro produced buffalo and bovine embryos”

2005-2010 Program leader of IBBA research activity AG.P02.002 / Animal genetic resources conservation

2010 member of Working Group of European Regional Focal Point of FAO for the preparation of the Guidelines for Animal Genetic Resources Cryobanks

2010-2013 Scientific coordinator IBBA Unit within the project “Innovative Reproductive Biotechnologies for the genetic diffusion of Italian Buffalo (InnovaB)” funded by Regione Lombardia

2008-2012 Scientific coordinator WP4 Characterization and genetic mangement of animal genetic resources within the project “Biological resources and innovative technologies for the sustainable development of the Agrofood System”. Accordo Quadro CNR - Regione Lombardia

2006-2009 Participant in the UE project “Towards self-sustainability of European Regional Cattle Breeds (EURECA GEN RES 2005 12)” in particular in WP2 “Detailed analysis of cryopreservation programmes”.

2002- present Head of Animal Germoplasm Cryobank "Giuseppe Rognoni"- IBBA-CNR

2000 -2005 Participant in EU COST Action 848 Multi-facetted Research in Rabbits: a Model to Develop a Healthy and Safe Production in Respect with Animal Welfare in particular Working Group 1: Reproduction.

2006 – present Lecturer at Brescia University, Medicine Faculty

2003 Lecturer at Master in “Pig Science” Milan University

Academic Year 1998/99 contract professor at Milan University Veterinary Faculty
Academic Year 1997/98 contract professor at Milan University Veterinary Faculty
Academic Year 1995/96 contract professor at Milan University Veterinary Faculty


Selected publications

Capra E, Lazzari B., Turri F., Cremonesi P, Rodrigues Portela AM Epigenetic analysis of high and low motile sperm populations reveals methylation variation in satellite regions within the pericentromeric position and in genes functionally related to sperm DNA organization and maintenance in Bos Taurus. BMC Genomics volume 20, Article number: 940 (2019)

•P Toschi, E Capra, D Anzalone, F Turri, F Pizzi, B Lazzari, A Stella (2019) Peri-conceptional undernourishment perturbs offspring sperm methylome Reproduction, Fertility and Development 31 (1), 153-153

• Lange-Consiglio A, Lazzari B, Pizzi F, Stella A, Girani A, Quintè A, Cremonesi F, Capra E .Different culture times affect MicroRNA cargo in equine amniotic mesenchymal cells and their microvesicles. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2018 Oct;24(10):596-604. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEC.2018.0205
• Lange Consiglio, A., Lazzari, B., Perrini, C., Pizzi, F., Stella, A., Cremonesi, F., Capra, E. (2018) Micrornas of equine amniotic mesenchymal cells-derived microvesicles and their involvement in anti-inflammatory process. Cell Transplant 27, 45, 2018.
• M. Montagna, A. Berruti, V. Bianciotto, P. Cremonesi, R. Giannico, F. Gusmeroli, E. Lumini, S. Pierce, F. Pizzi, F. Turri, G. Gandini (2018) Differential biodiversity responses between kingdoms (plants, fungi, bacteria and metazoa) along an Alpine succession gradient Molecular ecology 27 (18), 3671-3685
• A Caputi-Jambrenghi, V Genualdo, F Giannico, B Castiglioni, F Pizzi D Marletta, A. Iannuzzi (2018) Analysis of segregation and aneuploidy in a hybrid boar heterozygous carrier of a rob (15; 17) by dual-colour-sperm-FISH: preliminary studies COMPARATIVE CYTOGENETICS 12 (3), 333-334
• Lange-Consiglio, A B Lazzari, F Pizzi, A Stella, A Girani, A Quintè , (2018) Different culture times affect microrna cargo in equine amniotic mesenchymal cells and their microvesicles Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods 24 (10), 596-604

• Gliozzi, T.M., Turri, F., Manes, S., Cassinelli, C., Pizzi, F. The combination of kinetic and flow cytometric semen parameters as a tool to predict fertility in cryopreserved bull semen Animal. 2017 Apr 11:1-8.
• Pasquariello R, Fernandez-Fuertes B, Strozzi F, Pizzi F, Mazza R, Lonergan P, Gandolfi F, Williams JL Profiling bovine blastocyst microRNAs using deep sequencing. Reprod Fertil Dev. 2016 Sep 13
• Capra, E., Turri, F., Lazzari, B., Cremonesi, P., Gliozzi, T.M., Fojadelli, I., Stella, A., Pizzi, F. (2017). Small RNA sequencing of cryopreserved semen from single bull revealed altered miRNAs and piRNAs expression between High- and Low-motile sperm populations. BMC Genomics, 18 (1).
• Perrini, C., Strillacci, M.G., Bagnato, A., Esposti, P., Marini, M.G., Corradetti, B., Bizzaro, D., Idda, A., Ledda, S., Capra, E., Pizzi, F., Lange-Consiglio, A., Cremonesi, F. (2016). Microvesicles secreted from equine amniotic-derived cells and their potential role in reducing inflammation in endometrial cells in an in-vitro model. Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 7 (1), pp. 1-15.
• Pizzi F.; Turri F.; Gliozzi T. M.; Gandini G.(2016) Implementation and cost analysis of a regional farm animal cryobank: an Italian case study. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 15, pp. 207-210
• Capra, E., Giannico, R., Montagna, M., Turri, F., Cremonesi, P., Strozzi, F., Leone, P., Gandini, G., Pizzi, F. (2016). A new primer set for DNA metabarcoding of soil Metazoa. European Journal of Soil Biology, 77, pp. 53-59.
• Pizzi, F., Gliozzi, T.M., Cerolini, S., Maldjian, A., Zaniboni, L., Parodi, L., Gandini, G. (2016). Semen quality of Italian local pig breeds. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 4, pp. 482-484.
• Turri, F., Madeddu, M., Gliozzi, T.M., Gandini, G., Pizzi, F. (2016). Relationship between body weight, sexual secondary traits and epididymal semen quality in the Alpine goat. Small Ruminant Research, 135, pp. 81-84.
• Cortimiglia, C., Castiglioni, B., Pizzi, F., Stella, A., Capra, E. (2017) Involvement of tyrosinase-related protein 1 gene in the light brown plumage phenotype of Falco cherrug. Animal Genetics, 48 (1), pp. 125-126.
• R. Pasquariello, B. Fernandez-Fuertes, F. Strozzi, F. Pizzi, R. Mazza,, P. Lonergan, F. Gandolfi and J. L. Williams(2016) Profiling bovine blastocyst microRNAs using deep sequencing. Reproduction, Fertility and Development http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RD16110
• Rutigliano L, Valentini L, Martino NA, Pizzi F, Zanghì A, Dell'Aquila ME, Minervini F. (2015) Ochratoxin A at low concentrations inhibits in vitro growth of canine umbilical cord matrix mesenchymal stem cells through oxidative chromatin and DNA damage. Reprod Toxicol. 2015 Nov;57:121-9. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2015.05.01
• Martino NA, Rizzo A, Pizzi F, Dell'Aquila ME, Sciorsci RL (2015) Effects of Kisspeptin-10 on in vitro proliferation and Kisspeptin receptor(Kiss-1R) expression in primary epithelial cell cultures isolated from bovine placental cotyledons of embryos/fetuses at the first trimester of pregnancy. Theriogenology. 2015 Apr 1;83(6):978-987.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.11.033. Epub 2014 Dec 3.
• Garbetta A.; Capotorto I.; Cardinali A.; D'Antuono I.; Linsalata V.; Pizzi F.; Minervini F. (2014) Antioxidant activity induced by main polyphenols present in edible artichoke heads: Influence of in vitro gastro-intestinal digestion, Journal of Functional Foods 10, 456–464
•F Turri, M Madeddu, TM Gliozzi, G Gandini and F Pizzi (2014) Effect of testicles post mortem storage on goat frozen-thawed epididymal sperm quality as a tool to improve genebanking in local breeds. Animal 8:3, pp 440–447


PIZZI F., A M Caroli, M Landini, N Galluccio, A
Mezzelani, L Milanesi (2013). Conservation of Endangered Animals: from
biotechnologies to digital preservation. NATURAL SCIENCE, vol. 5(8): 903-913,
ISSN: 2150-4091

Cassatella D, Martino NA, Valentini L, Guaricci AC,
Cardone MF, Pizzi F, Dell'Aquila ME, Ventura M. (2013) Male infertility and
copy number variants (CNVs) in the dog: a two-pronged approach using Computer
Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA) and Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH). BMC
Genomics. 2013 Dec 27;14:921.

Blackburn H, Godke R, Purdy P, Hiemstra SJ, Woelders H,
Arthur Mariante, PIZZI F. (2012). Cryoconservation of animal genetic resources.
FAO Animal Production and Health
Guidelines No. 12. Rome. vol. 12, Rome: FAO, ISBN/ISSN: 978-92-5-107306-3

Turri F, Madeddu M, Gliozzi TM, Gandini G, PIZZI F.
(2012). Influence of Recovery Methods and Extenders on Bull Epididymal
Spermatozoa Quality. REPRODUCTION IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS, vol. 47; p. 712-717,
ISSN: 0936-6768, doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2011.01948.x

Martino NA, Lacalandra GM, Filioli UM, Ambruosi B, Caira
M, Silvestre F, PIZZI F., Desantis S, Accogli G, Dell'Aquila ME
(2012). Oocyte mitochondrial bioenergy potential and oxidative
stress: within-/between-subject, in vivo vs IVM and age-related variations in a
sheep model. . FERTILITY AND STERILITY, vol. 97; p. 720-728, ISSN: 0015-0282,
doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.12.014

Soini K, Diaz C, Gandini G, de Haas, Y, Lilja, T,
Martin-Collado D, PIZZI F., Hiemstra SJ (2012). Developing
a typology for local cattle breed farmers in Europe . JOURNAL OF ANIMAL
BREEDING AND GENETICS, vol. 129; p. 436-447, ISSN: 0931-2668, doi:

Caroli AM, PIZZI F.
(2012). Livestock Biodiversity: from genes to animal products through safeguard
actions. RIVISTA DI BIOLOGIA, vol. 2, ISSN: 0035-6050

Minervini F, Guastamacchia R, PIZZI F., Dell'Aquila ME,
Barile VL (2012). Assessment of Different
Functional Parameters of Frozen–Thawed Buffalo Spermatozoa by Using
Cytofluorimetric Determinations. REPRODUCTION IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS, 48(2):317-324
ISSN: 0936-6768, doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2012.02152.x

Filannino A, Stout TAE, Gadella BM, Sostaric E, PIZZI F.,
Colenbrander B, Dell'Aquila ME and Minervini F (2011). Dose-response effects of
estrogenic mycotoxins (zearalenone, alpha- and beta-zearalenol) on motility,
hyperactivation and the acrosome reaction of stallion sperm. REPRODUCTIVE
BIOLOGY AND ENDOCRINOLOGY, vol. 9 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2011,
9:134, ISSN: 1477-7827

Slivkova J., Massanyi P., Pizzi F., Trandzik J.,
Roychoudhury S., Lukac N., Dankova M. and Almasiova V. (2010) In vitro toxicity
of mercuric chloride on rabbit spermatozoa motility and cell membrane integrity
J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part A., Vol.45, No.6, 767–774


  • Filannino A, Stout TAE, Gadella BM, Sostaric E, Pizzi F, Colenbrander B, Dell'Aquila ME and Minervini F (2011). Dose-response effects of estrogenic mycotoxins (zearalenone, alpha- and beta-zearalenol) on motility, hyperactivation and the acrosome reaction of stallion sperm. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2011, 9:134
  • Pizzi F, Duclos D, Woelders H, Maki Tanila A (2010). Role and state of cryopreservation in local cattle breeds. In: Heimstra S.J., De Haas, A. Maki Tanila, G. Gandini. Local cattle breeds in Europe. p. 78-96
  • Gandini G, Avon L, Bohte-Wilhelmus D, Bay E, Colinet FG, Choroszy Z, Díaz C, Duclos D, Fernández J, Gengler N, Hoving-Bolink R, Kearney F, Lilja T, Mäki-Tanila A, Martín-Collado D, Maurice-van Eijndhoven M, Musella M, Pizzi F, Soini K, Toro M, Turri F, Viinalas H, the EURECA Consortium and S.J. Hiemstra 2010. Motives and values in farming local cattle breeds in Europe: a survey on 15 breeds. Animal Genetic Resources, 2010, 47, 45–58.
  • Slivkova J, Massanyi P, Pizzi F, Trandzik J, Roychoudhury S, Lukac N, Dankova M and Almasiova V (2010) In vitro toxicity of mercuric chloride on rabbit spermatozoa motility and cell membrane integrity J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part A., Vol.45, No.6, 767–774

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