She graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 2001 from the Faculty of Agriculture of East Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Subsequently, she earned a DSPU in Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean Fruit Tree Crops at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB), International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in 2003, an MSc degree in IPM at IAMB-CIHEAM in 2004 and a PhD degree in Crop Protection at the DISSPA, University of Bari in 2008. She completed three post-doctorates at the ICGEB in Treviso, at the National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP) of Turin, and at the DISAFA, University of Turin. Subsequently, she worked for three years at the Centre ‘AGROINNOVA’ in Turin. She has collaborated with the IAM-CIHEAM of Bari and with the Federal Agromediterranean Institute of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). During 2020 she worked as the researcher at the DISAFA. She was hired as a permanent researcher at the IPSP-CNR in September 2020.
Since 2017 she has been the Reviewer Editor of the ‘Frontiers in Plant Science’, and the Associate Editor of the ‘Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection’ and ‘Phytoparasitica’.
Her research interests are: molecular biology of pathogens of economic importance on agricultural crops, in particular viruses and fungi. She deals with topics associated with the epidemiology of these pathogens and their interaction with plants in the context of climate change. She is focused on molecular and serological diagnostics of plant pathogens, with particular interest in quarantine plant pathogens, as well as innovative precision diagnostics. In addition, she is interested in the expression of proteins in plants that can be used in the medical, veterinary and pharmaceutical fields, and in the epidemiology of human or animal pathogens present in the environment, in the agricultural and livestock sectors, with particular interest in ‘one health approach’.
Project Leader for: FD_LAMPvett