Dr. Barbara Azzimonti is an Assistant Professor in Microbiology and clinical Microbiology, Head of the Lab of applied Microbiology (University of Piemonte Orientale, UPO) in Novara (Italy); she obtained a degree with honors in Biology and the Licence to practice as Biologist c/o the University of Milan, and the Specialization in clinical Pathology from the UPO. She has over twenty years experience of microbiological research (bacteria and virus related) and in 2D/3D complex cultures assessment. This know-how includes the development of strategies for the prevention and control of the infectious risk induced by MDR bacteria in the dental and orthopedic field, gaining experience in antibacterial tests such as metabolic assays, bacteria enumeration and biofilm evaluation. She has a long experience on human Papillomaviruses (HPV); to this regard she gained experience in HPV DNA identification, genotyping, IF, IHC, FISH and PLA technologies. Her interest was also addressed towards the design and characterization of 3D epithelial models, able to mimic the HPV replication environment. She has over ten years of teaching activity in “general, clinical and Medical Microbiology” for Degree Courses in Biotechnology and Health Care Professions, and in “Microbiology, clinical Microbiology and microbiological Analysis” for Medical Specialization Schools. She is Member of the College of the PhD School in “Sciences and medical Biotechnology” c/o UPO, of editorials Boards for scientific journals and of national and international Societies. She is an Ad hoc scientific reviewer for international peer reviewed journals. She was invited as speaker in national and international conferences. She was funded in quality of PI for several research projects. She was appointed by leading companies as scientific responsible in the antibacterial activity evaluation of medical devices in conformity with ISO standards for clinical applications. She wrote book chapters and more than thirty articles in peer reviewed international papers.
Bacteria, antimicrobial treatments, viruses, 3D models.