Animal Physiology


This research activity is devoted to the improvement of knowledge on ruminant physiology, and to the elucidation of physio-pathological function of proteins acting as extracellular chaperones. These studies are realized with multidisciplinary approaches based on methods from molecular physiology, cell biology and biochemistry.

Main goals:

  • Characterization of the Redox and inflammatory status in animals

  • Physiological response of animals to climatic, nutritional, environmental factors

  • Biomarkers of animal welfare, energetic status and/or fat accumulation

  • Structural and functional characterization of the acute phase protein Haptoglobin in physiological and pathological conditions

  • Endocrine regulation of fat deposition in growing animals


Maria Stefania Spagnuolo


Giuseppe Grazioli

Institute for the Animal Production System in the Mediterranean Environment