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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Fabio Formenti

Fabio Formenti

Graduate Student - Supervisor Dr Cinzia Cantacessi


I obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences (2011) and an MSc in Molecular Biology (2013) at the University of Ferrara, Italy.

I had the privilege to spend a very fruitful and delightful year (2012-13) as a research assistant in Prof. Sir Peter Ratcliffe’s laboratory, in the Department of Molecular Physiology at Oxford. My work contributed to the discovery of the functional role of a novel posttranslational modification of the mammalian ribosome.

I work as a molecular biologist in the Department of Tropical Medicine headed by Prof. Zeno Bisoffi, at the Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital Research Institute in Verona, Italy.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

My interest and expertise are in the field of parasites in humans, and in the development of molecular techniques for the diagnosis of parasitic infection.

I am very keen to explore the relation host – parasite through the newest and most advanced molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, in order to add valuable knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infection.


  • Microbiome
  • Molecular Biology
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Parasitology
  • Bioinformatics

Key Publications

1)     Singleton RS, Liu-Yi P, Formenti F, Ge W, Sekirnik R, Fischer R, Adam J, Pollard PJ, Wolf A, Thalhammer A, Loenarz C, Flashman E, Yamamoto A, Coleman ML, Kessler BM, Wappner P, Schofield CJ, Ratcliffe PJ, Cockman ME (2014). OGFOD1 catalyses prolyl hydroxylation of RPS23 and is involved in translation control and stress granule formation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS Journal), 4031–4036.

2)     Formenti F.*, Buonfrate D., Prandi R., Marquez M., Caicedo C., Rizzi E., Guevara A., Vicuña Y., Huerlo F., Perandin F., Bisoffi Z., Anselmi M. (2016). Comparison of S. stercoralis Serology Performed on Dried Blood Spots and on Conventional Serum Samples. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi:  10.3389/fmicb.2016.01778

3)     Formenti F.*, Valerio M., Guerriero M., Perandin F., Pajola B., Mistretta M., Tais S., Degani M., Bisoffi Z. (2017) Molecular biology can change the classic laboratory approach for intestinal protozoan infections. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02191

4)     Jenkins T.P., Formenti F., Castro C., Piubelli C., Perandin F., Buonfrate D., Otranto D., Griffin J.L., Krause L., Bisoffi Z., Cantacessi C. (2018) A comprehensive analysis of the faecal microbiome and metabolome of Strongyloides stercoralis infected volunteers from a non-endemic area. Scientific Report. Volume 8, Article number: 15651

5)     Formenti F., La Marca G., Perandin F., Pajola B., Romano M., Santucci B., Silva R., Giorli G., Bisoffi Z and Buonfrate D. (2018) A diagnostic study comparing conventional and real-time PCR for Strongyloides stercoralis on urine and on faecal samples. ActaTrtopica.