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PhD Student: Federica Ceriani

Federica Ceriani graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan on December 2015, with a thesis entitled “pestivirus serological monitoring in the Alpine chamois population (Rupicapra rupicapra) and ibex (Capra ibex) in the Western Alps Centre” (Supervisor: Dr.ssa Camilla Luzzago; Assistant supervisor: Dott.ssa Martina Besozzi). She presented a Poster at a national congress in Balme, Torino G.E.E.M.S. with the title “monitoring of Pestivirus in alpine chamois on the west alps” and she was involved an article about “Respiratory Viruses in the Western Italian Alps”. She attended an intersheep at University of Milan in Diagnostic and virology Department on health public about infectious disease and she partecipated an Erasmus Placement Project at Teagasc Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Grange Dunsany Co. Meath, Irlanda, with a research project in Animal Health and Weel-Being. Now, she is working at the Unit of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety, University of Milan, where she started a PhD program in October 2016. Her research interest are mainly focused on the presence of drug residues, metal and other pollutants in food chain and its implication for human health.


Tutor: Prof Francesco Arioli

Francesco Arioli is Assistant Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Milan, Italy. His main research field deals with the study of the presence and biotransformation of pseudoendogenous substances with an hormonal activity, hormones and illegally drugs used (Antibiotics used for therapeutic purposes or illicitly as growth promoters, anabolic substances, halogenated and non-halogenated corticosteroid) in biological matrices collected from food producing animals. He also deals with halogenated contaminants in feed and in food of animal origin and in water.



The Research of drug residues and other environmental pollution has an important role in food security. Who member states recognized food safety as an essential public health function (OIE). The extensive use of veterinary and human pharmaceuticals is supposed to be a public health risk resulting not only in the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, but also in other: human, animal and environment.  In this contest, the aim of this project is to improve our knowledge about levels food contamination in particular in fish and farm animals.

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The project aims is to collect samples in order to study the presence of residues in food and to calculate the potential risk for human health. 

The project will be structured on the basis of the following steps:

1 Carry out a comprehensive research of relevant literature and publications

2 Collect samples, in according of what reported in literature.

3 Make use of validated methodologies such as analyses by Gas Chromatography-Electron Capture Detector (GC-ECD) and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).  

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4 Discuss and interpret the results through an in depth statistical analysis;

5 According with EU-directives indicate the health risks on the presence of food contaminated with drugs and other pollution.

6 Publish the findings and project’s results inrelevant scientific journals and present the project to an international audience in various conferences abroad.