Ana Munoz

Ana Muñoz is full professor in the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery in the School of Veterinary Medicine of Córdoba, in Spain. She holds a PhD degree in veterinary medicine. Her thesis focused on the functional assessment of horses using exercise tests and functional indices derived from blood lactate accumulation, heart rate and locomotion evaluation. She also studied response to exercise and training protocols in sport horses.

At present, she is the vice-chair of the equine sport medicine center of the University of Córdoba, where she is the responsible for training designing, evaluation of performance and diagnosis of loss of performance. She also leads the research group of ‘Equine Sport Medicine’ of the University of Córdoba.

She is also veterinarian of equestrian competitions, mainly in endurance rides, and she has particular interest in the pathophysiological mechanisms of exercise, exhaustion and muscle-skeletal injuries.

She has published 138 papers related to equine exercise physiology and sport medicine, has participated in 15 research projects, from public and private institutions, has presented 196 communications to different meetings and has participated in 12 book chapters. She has trained more than 30 PhD and MSc students. She is reviewer of many journals, always in the field of the equine exercise physiology and sport medicine. She is associated editor of the journal BMC- Veterinary Research.

She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her children riding horses.
She loves to teach children how to treat, feed and train horses.



Muriel Bonnet


Muriel Bonnet holds a PhD in Biochemistry, Biology and Nutrition. She leads the team Biomarkers of performances, adaptation and qualities ( related to ruminants production. Her team aims to identify the metabolic and physiological mechanisms that control the plasticity of tissues determining ruminant productions, adaptive responses and efficiency, and to design phenotyping tools for product qualities and ruminant production traits.  

She has expertise in adipose tissue differentiation, metabolism and endocrine function in ruminants, and cross-talk between tissues: nutrient partitioning between adipose tissue and muscle, leptin signalling between adipose and mammary cells during the pregnancy-lactation cycle. Her current research activity is centred on the regulation of lipid accretion in adipose tissues and skeletal muscle in growing ruminants. A first goal is to enhance the understanding of mechanisms that control adipocyte development in adipose tissues and skeletal muscle. In particular, she applies proteomic techniques to detect key pathways of lipid accretion and to study the effects of rearing practices on them, aiming to identify and measure biomarkers of adiposity. A second goal is to produce field tools for easy, fast and inexpensive phenotyping of adiposity. Recently she has been involved in the development of bioinformatics tools ( to mine “-omics” data in ruminants relative to well-annotated species such as humans and rodents. Thanks to these tools, she integrates the available public proteomics data to repurpose the data in order to foster the discovery of biomarkers of production traits.

Alireza Fazeli

Alireza Fazeli has the chair of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at Sheffield University, United Kingdom ( and the chair of Translational Medicine and Functional Genomics in Tartu University, Estonia ( He has been the chair of “Gemini” ( and the vice chair of “Epiconcept” (, which were two EU wide COST Action programs. Currently he is the vice chair and the grant holder of another COST Action program “CellFit” ( His main research interests are in understanding intercellular communication, Epigenetics and Innate immunity. He has published over 250 scientific communications, which 90 are scientific papers appeared in multidisciplinary peer reviewed journals. During his academic career so far he has trained over 50 PhD, MSc and BMedSci students and research associates. In addition to professional scientific media, he has sought to disseminate his research in the public press and in different forms of media. From art objects exhibited in public art galleries to video clips on YouTube. His goal is to make science understandable for all, in particular for the younger generations so as to inspire and educate them to pursue scientific careers. He hopes that his research make a difference in day to day lives of ordinary people.

Manghesh Bhide



Assoc. Prof. Mangesh Bhide, has been working last fifteen years in the field of neuroinfections. He has expertise in the field of host-pathogen interactions. In 2007 he finished his postdoctoral research (Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellowship) in the field of host–Borrelia interactions with special referene to factor H from several animals and human. Since 2008 he has been leading the Laboratory of Biomedical Microbiology and Immunology (LBMI), collaborative research centre Institute of Neuroimmunology Slovak academy of sciences and University of veterinary medicine and pharmacy in Slovakia. LBMI is one of the top laboratories in infectious diseases in Slovakia. In 2014 he obtained associate professorship for his work in the field of ligand-receptor interactions involved in neuroinvasion of Borrelia, Francisella and Trypanosoma. Assoc. Prof. Bhide has published 81 papers in peer-reviewed journals with total 1050 citations (h index – 21). He has presented works in 15 international congresses with plenary talks. He has published 8 chapters in the books printed by international publishers. 2 books in the filed for bioinformatics (In silico veritas I and II). He is on the editorial board of Frontiers in Microbiology (IF 3.9) and Folia Microbiologica (IF 1.2; Springer). He has successfully completed 9 research projects (6 funded by national agencies). He has also led bi-lateral projects between Slovakia and Portugal, Russia and France. He is actively involved in 4 COST actions funded by European science foundation, ESF (action numbers - FA1002, TD1303, TN1301, CM1307). He is head of “section of proteomics” in the centre of excellence INFEKTZOON and in Medipark project (both funded by EU structural funds for Slovakia). In 2015-2017 he chaired Europen funded position – ERA Chair Holder in the field of proteomics in University of Zagreb. Till to date he has guided 8 post-doctoral fellows (4 from Slovakia, 1 India, 1 Hungary, 1 Spain, 1 Mexico) and 7 doctoral fellows. He is WP leader in ongoing H2020 project - H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 project ID – 765423.

Veterinary and Animal Science Days 2018

From the 6th to the 8th of June we hold the IV edition of the VAS Days.


The event had brought together four renowned international scientists with all our PhD students, their tutors and all the members of the PhD Board.


This year we invited Mangesh Bhide, Muriel Bonnet, Alireza Fazeli and Ana Munoz Juzado. You will find more about them clicking the tabs on the left.

This year the whole event was held at the spectacular Sala Napoleonica in via San Antonio where all our students will present their results in 15 minutes communications.

The three days were divided in 4 sessions. During each session one of our guests gave a lecture introducing her/his field of research and then presented their state of the art results. Before and after their lecture our students presented their most recent results that were discussed with the audience.

The abstracts are published in the June issue of the International Journal of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety (HAF)