I obtained a Master's in Mathematics at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome in 1978; and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986. Currently I am professor of Mathematical Analysis and Mathematical Biology at the Departments of Mathematics of the University of Trento, where I have worked, in different roles, since 1983. I have been in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematical Biology since 2000, and of the Journal of Biological Dynamics since 2018. Member of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology since its foundation, which I served as President in 2012-14.
My research has centred on the application of mathematical models to the analysis of the spread of human, veterinarian and wildlife infectious diseases, and of the effect of parasites on ecological communities. I am interested both in the design and selection of detailed models adequate for the analysis of empirical data and in the qualitative analysis of theoretical models aiming at understanding general patterns and trends. I think it is important to keep biological realism in theoretical models, and to employ the power of mathematical rigour and simplicity in the analysis of complex models.
Recent research topics include:
- the dynamics of vector-borne infections, in particular those transmitted by mosquitoes, considering their ecological interactions;
- the spatio-temporal dynamics of influenza epidemics, both pandemic and seasonal;
- the analysis of immuno-epidemiological models, aiming especially at enlightening the dynamics of multi-strain epidemics, and possibly of pathogen evolution;
- the design and analysis of environmentally driven models or the population dynamics of insect species; and the related analysis of host-parasitoid interactions.