Giulia is a veterinary epidemiologist with a strong interest in public health, infectious and zoonotic diseases. She is interested in the science-policy interface, particularly in neglected tropical diseases that affect developing societies, epidemiological methods and their practical application to health policies within a global and One Health perspective.
Giulia studied veterinary medicine at the University of Bologna and at the University of Madrid. From 2012 to 2016 she has worked as epidemiologist in a veterinary public health institute (IZSLER, Italy) on different projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health and related to veterinary epidemiology and public health. After obtaining her MSc degree in Animal Health at the University of Milan in 2016, she worked as visiting researcher at Kansas State University (KSU, USA) on projects concerned with the development of risk assessment models for foreign animal diseases, and collaborated with KSU International Programs. Giulia is a member of the COST Action “Network for Evaluation of One Health”. As part of this network for scientific collaboration, she contributes with a project on the evaluation of the integrated West Nile virus surveillance in Italy, including economic and sociological aspects of zoonoses mitigation.
In July 2017, Giulia joined the Veterinary Epidemiology Group in Zurich to undertake research towards a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Life Science Zurich Graduate School) with Prof. Paul Togerson, as part of an SNSF funded project. The research project is on the epidemiology and transmission of Echinococcus in Kyrgyzstan. It involves field work in Kyrgyzstan, technology transfer, capacity building, mathematical modelling, statistical modelling and GIS system analysis.
Duriya is a young veterinary professional that has obtained her BVSc at the Kazakh National Agrarian University (2011-2016) with a possibility to study meanwhile as a grantee at Wageningen University. In 2016-2018 she was studying towards her Masters degree and at the same time she was employed at Kazakh Scientific Research Veterinary Institute (KazSRVI) where she started off as a laboratory assistant, later becoming junior researcher and this year January being promoted to Head of Brucellosis Laboratory. During her first year of Masters, in the beginning of 2017, Duriya came to our unit as a visiting researcher for five months and worked on her topic entitled “Epidemiology of Brucellosis in Kazakhstan” under supervision of Prof. Torgerson. A large data set of the incidence of animal and human brucellosis in Kazakhstan from 2006 to 2016 was analyzed. The analysis also included the geographical distribution using GIS systems, trends in the temporal incidence and socioeconomic impact of the disease, including monetary analysis and human health burden in terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years.
During her 2 years of employment at KazSRVI she was involved in numerous projects regarding brucellosis control in Kazakhstan in cooperation with OIE, worked closely with Ministry of Agriculture to review and update LSD national control program in order to harmonize it with international standards, took part in OIE PVS field missions and attended several FAO, OIE meetings as an observer from Member Country.
This year, in August, Ms. Charypkhan had joined our unit as a doctoral student, working on a One Health project supervised by Simon Ruegg, where the goal is to identify the obstacles met during acquisition of a systems approach when transitioning towards an integrated approach to Brucellosis control in Kazakhstan.