Prof.ssa

DE CONTO Flora

Professore di II fascia
Full time Equivalent: 
1
Settore scientifico disciplinare
MICROBIOLOGIA E MICROBIOLOGIA CLINICA (MED/07)
  • Curriculum Vitae
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EDUCATION
1987: high school diploma (grade 60/60) at the "A. Sanvitale" Institute of Parma.
1988: attendance of the Integrative Course (scientific address) of the "A. Sanvitale" Institute of Parma and passing the exam for admission to the University Faculties.
1988: enrolment in the Degree Course in Biological Sciences of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of Parma.
1992-1993: attendance at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Parma for the preparation of the degree thesis.
1993: degree in Biological Sciences, summa cum laude, with discussion of the experimental thesis: "The cytoskeleton of human embryonic fibroblasts: possible functions of gene expression regulation in physiological conditions and in the course of experimental human cytomegalovirus infection".
1994-1995: practical internship at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Parma for the admission to the professional qualification exam.
1995: state examination for the qualification to the profession of biologist.
1996: enrolled in the register of biologists.
1994: enrolled in the School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology of the University of Parma.
1994-1998: attendance at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Parma.
1998: Specialization diploma in Microbiology and Virology, summa cum laude, with discussion of the experimental thesis: "Presence of specific prosomes (MCP / Proteasomes) at the level of the nuclear matrix of C2.7 myoblasts in physiological conditions and of HD3 erythroblasts transformed by the retrovirus avian erythroblastosis (AEV) ".
1998: enrolment in the PhD course in Basic and Applied Microbiology (administrative office: University of Verona; consortium office: University of Parma).
1998-2000: attendance of the Microbiology Section of the University of Parma as a PhD student.
2003: PhD in Basic and Applied Microbiology, with discussion of the experimental thesis: "Study of the interactions between influenza virus and host cell in the course of experimental infection with the human stem A/NWS/33: possible role of the cytoskeletal system of microfilaments in the determination of a condition of cellular resistance to viral infection".

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
01 August 1999 - 30 April 2002: research fellow (S.S.D. MED / 07- Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology) at the Microbiology Section of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of Parma.
01 May 2002 - 31 December 2021: university researcher S.S.D. MED / 07- Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma.
01 May 2002 - 30 April 2005: role of "case manager" in relation to the assistance activity carried out at the Virology Unit of the University Hospital of Parma.
01 May 2005 - 28 November 2017: role of "expert case manager" in relation to the assistance activity carried out u at the Virology Unit of the University Hospital of Parma.
May 27, 2005: confirmed university researcher.
November 29, 2017 to date: person in charge of the Simple Structure "Molecular virological diagnosis and epidemiology" of the Virology Unit of the University Hospital of Parma.
01 January 2022 to date: Associate Professor S.S.D. MED / 07- Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma.

TEACHING ACTIVITY
From the academic year 1999-2000 to the academic year 2007-2008: interactive teaching activity in the Integrated Course of “Microbiology” - Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2001-2002 to the academic year 2008-2009: interactive teaching activity in the Integrated Course of "Microbiology" - Degree Course in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2002-2003 to the academic year 2007-2008: interactive teaching activity in the Integrated Course of "Laboratory Medicine" - Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2002-2003 to the academic year 2010-2011: Course of "Clinical Microbiology" (1 CFU) - Integrated Course of “General Pathology” - Degree Course in Physiotherapy - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2002-2003 to the academic year 2008-2009: Course of “Microbiology” (4 CFU) - Degree Course in Science and Technology of Packaging - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2002-2003 to the academic year 2007-2008: Course of "General Microbiology" (Virology) - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2003-2004 to the academic year 2007-2008: lecture "Cultivation and titration of viruses" - Integrated Course of "Microbiology" - Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2005-2006 to the academic year 2009-2010: Course of “Microbiology” (2 CFU) - Degree Course in Prevention Techniques in the Environment and in the Workplace - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2006-2007 to the academic year 2007-2008 and the academic year 2010-2011: Course of “Clinical Bacteriology” (Bacteriology) - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2009-2010 to the academic year 2013-2014: Course of "Clinical Microbiology II" (Virology) (2 CFU) - Integrated Course of "Clinical Microbiology" - Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
A.a. 2009-2010: Course of “Microbiology” (3 CFU) - Degree Course in Industrial Chemistry and Packaging Technology - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2009-2012 to the academic year 2013-2014: interactive teaching activity (1 CFU) - Integrated Course of "Microbiology" - Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery - University of Parma.
Academic year 2011-2012, academic year 2012-2013 and academic year 2015-16: Course of “Fundamentals of Microbiology applied to Packaging” (1 CFU) - Master in Packaging - University of Parma.
Academic year 2012-2013: Course of "Clinical Microbiology" (1 CFU) - Integrated Course of "Pathology, Pharmacology and Microbiology" - Degree Course in Physiotherapy - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2013-14 to the academic year 2015-16: Course of "Laboratory techniques for the diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infections" (2 CFU) - Integrated course of "Other activities such as seminars (Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathological Anatomy, Genetics, Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology ) ”- Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2013-14 to the academic year 2015-16: Course of "Genotyping and determination of drug resistance of the hepatitis C virus, of the hepatitis B virus and of the human immunodeficiency virus" (1 CFU) - Integrated Course of "Verification of Educational Activities student's choice"- Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
Academic year 2014-15: Course of "Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology III" (Mycology) (2 CFU) - Integrated Course of "Microbiology" - Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
From the academic year 2015-16 to the academic year 2016-17: Course of "Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology IV" (Bacteriology) (3 CFU) - Integrated Course of "Microbiology" - Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
Academic year 2017-18: Course of "Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology A" (3 CFU) - Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
Academic year 2017-18: Course of "Microbiology" - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology - University of Parma.
Academic year 2017-18: Integrated Course of "Laboratory Diagnostics of Infection Diseases" (3 CFU frontal teaching activity and 1 CFU interactive teaching activity) - Degree Course in Medical, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology - University of Parma.
Academic year 2018-2019: Integrated Course of "Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology I" - Course of "Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology A (3 CFU)" - Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques - University of Parma.
Academic year 2018-2019: Integrated Course of "Laboratory Diagnosis of Infection Diseases (21 hours, teaching assignment)" - Degree Course in Medical, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies - University of Parma.
Academic year 2018-2019: Course of "Fundamentals of Microbiology applied to Packaging" (1 CFU) - Master in Packaging - University of Parma.
Academic year 2018-2019: Course of "Microbiology (Bacteriology and general Virology)" - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology 1st year - University of Parma.
Academic year 2019-2020: Course of "Molecular Virology" - Second year School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology - University of Parma.
Academic year 2019-2020: Course of “Virology and Bacteriology” - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology 1st year - University of Parma.
Academic year 2019-2020: Integrated Course of "Laboratory Diagnosis of Infection Diseases (21 hours, teaching assignment)" - Degree Course in Medical, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies - University of Parma.
Academic year 2019-2020: Course of "Microbiology" - Degree Course in Obstetrics (3 hours, teaching assignment) - University of Parma.
Academic year 2019-2020: Course of "Fundamentals of Microbiology applied to Packaging" (1 CFU) - Master in Packaging - University of Parma.
Academic year 2020-2021: Course of “Virology and Bacteriology” - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology 1st year - University of Parma.
Academic year 2020-2021: Course of "Molecular Virology" - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology II year - University of Parma.
Academic year 2020-2021: Course of "Special Virology" - School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology III year - University of Parma.

QUALIFICATIONS RELATED TO TEACHING ACTIVITIES
01 May 2002 to date: tutor for postgraduate students of the School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology of the University of Parma for the professional teaching and scientific research activities.
From the academic year 2003-2004 to the academic year 2011-2012: member of the Board of Professors of the PhD in Microbiology and Virology of the University of Parma.
Role of Adjunct Professor, from the academic year 2005-2006, for the teaching activity carried out at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma.
From the academic year 2010-2011 to the academic year 2012-2013: tutor of a PhD student of the XVI cycle of the PhD in Microbiology and Virology of the University of Parma.
From the academic year 2013-2014 to the academic year 2019-2020: member of the teaching staff of the PhD in Surgical Sciences and Applied Microbiology of the University of Parma.
From 02/01/2014 to 15/03/2017: tutor of a PhD student of the XXIX cycle of the PhD in Surgical Sciences and Applied Microbiology of the University of Parma.
From 02/01/2016 to 18/03/2020: tutor of a PhD student of the XXXII cycle of the PhD in Surgical Sciences and Applied Microbiology of the University of Parma.
From the academic year 2012-2013 to the academic year 2015-16: lecturer for the Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques of the University of Parma.
From the academic year 2012-2013 to the academic year 2015-16: in charge for the Quality Assurance (RAQ) of the Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques of the University of Parma.
From the academic year 2012-2013 to the academic year 2015-16: member of the Self-Assessment Group (GAV) of the Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques of the University of Parma.
From 2014 to 2016: secretary of the Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques of the University of Parma.
July 13, 2017: achievement of the national scientific qualification for the role of Associate Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology.
From 2008 to 2018: organizer and teacher of professional courses for the continuing education program in medicine (ECM) as training referent for the management of the Virology Unit of the University Hospital of Parma.
From 2019 to today: secretary of the Postgraduate School of Microbiology and Virology for medical and non-medical graduates.
Supervisor of 7-degree theses and two PhD theses.
Co-supervisor of 10-degree theses.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Author of N. 84 scientific papers published in national and international journals and of N. 148 scientific papers published as abstracts and presented at national and international conferences.
“H-index” equal to 22 and citations equal to 1.337.
Participatio to regional and national research projects.
Several training periods (from 1994 to 2000) of scientific research activities at the "Biochimie de la Différenciation" laboratory of the Jacques Monod-Université Paris VII-Paris (France).
She carries out basic and applied scientific research in the virological and microbiological fields. The basic research activity is focused on the study of the interaction of different influenza A virus strains with mammalian cell models with different degrees of permissiveness, in order to highlight the role of specific cellular factors, with particular regard to the cytoskeleton, in resistance to viral infection.
She collaborates with other research groups in the development of topics such as the study of epigenetic mechanisms for the regulation of gene expression of human cytomegalovirus, the evaluation of innovative methods for the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases and the epidemiology of infections caused by microorganisms and from viruses.

QUALIFICATIONS RELATED TO THE RESEARCH ACTIVITY
- From 2006 to 2009: member of the Research Committee of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma;
- From 13/06/2019 to date: member of the Research Commission of the Department of Medicine and Surgery - University of Parma;
- January 2010 - March 2014: member of the research group of the "Interdepartmental Centre for Packaging (CIPACK)" of the University of Parma;
- from 2004 to date: member of selection boards for the award of scholarships, study awards and research grants for carrying out scientific research projects related to the S.S.D. MED / 07- Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology;
- from 02/01/2010 to date: direction of a research group with international scientific collaboration (Prof. Sergey V. Razin, Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences and Lomonosow Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia);
- From 18/06/2011 to date: referee activity for 45 articles submitted to international scientific journals;
- From 28/03/2018: registration in REPRISE, the register of scientific experts established at the Ministry of Education, University and Research.

ASSISTANCE ACTIVITY
Prof. De Conto, since 2002, carries out assistance activities in the subsectors "Isolation and identification of viral agents and their components", "Virology serology" and "Molecular virology and advanced diagnostics" of the Virology Unit of the Diagnostic Department of the University Hospital of Parma.
The assistance activity concerns the validation of results and the reporting of virological investigations aimed at the identification of cytopathogenic viral agents, the search for serological markers of viral infection, the qualitative/quantitative research of viral nucleic acids, the genotyping of viruses and the determination of mutations responsible for drug resistance.
Since November 29, 2017, Prof. De Conto is charged of the Simple Structure "Molecular virological diagnosis and epidemiology" of the Virology Unit of the Diagnostic Department of the University Hospital of Parma.
Prof. De Conto, since 2008, holds the position of Quality Coordinator of the Virology Unit, mainly aimed at the institutional accreditation of the Diagnostic Department of the University Hospital of Parma.

KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
French, English.

By appointment request via e-mail.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Professor/Teacher

Teacher tutor

Publications

Orcid

0000-0002-0493-2353

Contacts

Phone number
033496-033499
Fax number

033620

Office location

Department of Medicine and Surgery - University of Parma

Diagnostic Department - University Hospital of Parma

Central pavilion (6th floor)

Viale Antonio Gramsci 14

43126 Parma