Claudio Genchi is currently Professor of Parasitic Diseases at the University of Milano (Italy), Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health. He is Founding Member and Past-president of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), Founding Member and Past President of European Dirofilaria immitis Society (EDiS), Honorary Member of American Heartworm Society. He was one of the Directors of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasite (ESCAP) and in 2010 he was awarded Doctor Horis Causa by Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Romania . Primary research areas are the molecular approach to the biology, genetics, immunology and pathogenesis of parasitic diseases, including vector-borne infections (filarial and tick-borne diseases), experimental chemotherapy and control of endo- and ectoparasites and zoonotic infections..
He is author and co-author of more than 180 papers published in international, peer-reviewed journals, and chapters in international scientific books. He is leader of one of the research teams involved in the study of Wolbachia, the bacterial endosymbiont of filarial nematodes. His team first identified these bacteria by molecular studies in D. immitis in 1995.
Dr. Genchi was Chair Person of the 12th National Congress of Italian Society of Parasitology (Como-Bormio, 28th June-2nd July 1983), the Workshop on Wildlife Diseases (Trento, July13th-16th 1998), the VII European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (Parma, September 2nd-6th 1996), the 18th International Conference of World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (Stresa 26-30 August, 2001), the First and the Second European Dirofilaria Days (Zagreb, Croatia 22-25 September 2007; Salamanca, Spain 16-18 September 2009)