Marco De Nardi received a Degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Bologna University (IT) in 2002 and then an MSc degree in Veterinary Epidemiology from the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK in 2008. Immediately following his DVM he practiced for a short period as a veterinary clinician in dairy farms in Italy. He then worked as a veterinary consultant and project coordinator for international NGOs in Kenya and Somalia from 2004 to 2007. In 2009 he worked on research and capacity building programs at the “OIE and FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza” and the “FAO Reference Center for Rabies” at IZSVe (IT). From 2011 to 2013 he coordinated the EFSA funded project “Flurisk” assessing the pandemic risk posed by animal influenza viruses.
As a scientific expert consultant, he was involved in 2013 in an EFSA working group to assess the risk of introduction of influenza A (H3N2v) into Europe and participated in the FAO task force on avian influenza A(H7N9) emergency in Asia where he contributed to developing a surveillance strategy. As a member of the Italian Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine and the NGO VSF-Italy (Veterinarians Without Borders) he investigated the circulation of PPR virus in South Algeria and is currently involved in epidemiological studies on rabies in South Algeria and in a small scale farming project in Morocco.
He particularly enjoys working on epidemiological projects focused on zoonotic and foodborne pathogens where the research is applied to capacity building activities within the One Health framework.
Marco joined SAFOSO in November 2013 as a consultant contributing to various SAFOSO projects.