University of Florida

Dr. Ilaria Capua

Preeminent Professor & Director of the One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training

Research Summary

Dr. Capua has recently dedicated herself to bringing about an interdisciplinary effort in maintaining and enhancing the One Health concept here at the University of Florida. After focusing much of her academic and professional careers to animal health and research into zoonotic diseases, Dr. Capua led efforts to quell the 1999 – 2000 avian influenza outbreak by coming up with novel strategies that’d then eventually become official legislation in the EU. Her research has led her to advocate for the increased openness in the sharing of virus sequences, so that many would have a better understanding of animal and human infections. The fundamental aspect of Dr. Capua’s research has been to develop strategies to protect the health in both mankind and animal-kind.


2007: Ph.D. (Public Health, Veterinary Hygiene and Hygiene of Animal Production – Avian Influenza: Review on Epidemiology and Aspects of Pathogenesis and Control), University of Padova, Padova, Italy

1991: Ph.D. (Animal Health and Hygiene of Animal Breeding and Production), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

1989: DVM, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

2016 – Present: Preeminent Professor at the University of Florida
2013-2018: Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, Center for Virus Research
2013: University Qualification as Professor in Infectious Diseases of Animals (Veterinary School) and as Full Professor in Microbiology (Medical School) by Italian University Assessment Board
2002 – Present: Guest Lecturer at the University of Florida; University of Pennsylvania; University of Maryland; University of North Carolina; Royal Swedish Academy; Utrecht University; University of Ghent; University of Vienna; University of Tokyo; University of Georgia; Swedish Veterinary Institute; National Veterinary Institute of Pulawi, Poland
1998 – 1999/2000 – 2002: Contract Lecturer in Avian Pathology at the University of Padua, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
1995 – 1997: Lectures on viral diseases in the framework of the course “Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals”, University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Professional Memberships

  1. Honorary Academic Member of the Academy of Georgophiles.
  2. Member of the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infectious Consortium (ISARIC) - Advisory Board
    Member of the EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Animal Welfare.
  3. Member of the OFFLU Working Group on Human Interface Issues of Animal Influenza.
  4. Senior Policy Advisor to the Director, National Center for Zoonotic Vector-borne and Enteric Diseases, CDC Atlanta, USA.
  5. Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group to the WHO Global Influenza Program.
  6. Stream leader (Stream 1: Human animal interface and emergence of new pandemic viruses) for WHO's Global Research Agenda on Influenza.
  7. Welcome Trust Advisory Group on Influenza research
    Chairman of the Executive Committee of the OIE / FAO Network on Animal Influenza (OFFLU).
  8. Member of the Advisory Group to the EU Commissioner for Research on the EU 7 the Framework Program in the area "Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology".
  9. Member of the Networking Executive Committee of the US Centers of Excellence on Avian Influenza funded by NIH / NIAID.
  10. Member of the European Food Safety Authority on Animal Health and Animal Welfare..
  11. OIE Working Groups for the Revision of the Chapters of the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals and member of "Ad hoc" Working Groups
    Bocconi University International Advisory Council
  12. International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC)
  13. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  14. National Center for Zoonotic Vector-borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta



Ilaria Capua, DVM, Ph.D.

Department of Animal Sciences
Emerging Pathogens Institute
University of Florida
2055 Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611