Ilaria Capua, DVM, PhD, trained as a veterinarian and has worked ever since graduation as a virologist. In June she became the director of the Center for Excellence in One Health Research. Additionally, she is a professor at IFAS and a member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute. In February 2013 she was elected as a member of the Italian Parliament, and previously she was the director of the Division of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Legnaro (Padova, Italy), which hosts the National OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease, the OIE Collaborating Center for Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface and the FAO Reference Center for Rabies.
She is passionate about inter- and trans-disciplinary research and intends to develop a new One Health vision by bridging and capitalizing on existing areas of excellence at UF.
She is also strongly determined to promote female leadership, as she discusses in this video.