He is Full Professor of Animal Parasitic Diseases at the Department of Veterinary Medicine
(University of Bari) where he was Head for two terms (2015-2018; 2018-2021). He is Visiting Professor of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan (Iran).
He is President of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology – WAAVP (2019-2023) and he was President of the European Veterinary Parasitology College – EVPC (2016-2019). He is recipient of the Young Scientist award from the WAAVP (2007), of the international award of the Accademia dei Lincei (2006) and of the Bayer Research Award from the WAAVP (2019).
His research focuses on the study of arthropods and arthropod borne diseases. He currently works on different aspects of canine and feline vector borne diseases of zoonotic concern with both a basic and an applied approach. In the last years, his activities are focussed toward research and education projects in low- and middle- income Countries.
His research output includes authorship of more than 670 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals and of numerous book chapters. He is Editor of the first and second Italian versions of the Veterinary Parasitology textbook (Blackwell, 2009; 2021) and Coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Medical and Veterinary Entomology (RC Russell, D Otranto, R Wall, CABI, 2013).
He is Deputy Editor of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Advisor Editor of International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, Associate Editor of Parasitology Research, Acta Tropica, and editorial board member of scientific international journals (Veterinary Parasitology, Molecular and Cellular Probes, Pathogens, Current research in Parasitology and vector borne diseases) in the field of the Parasitology.
He has been Editor in Chief of Medical and Veterinary Entomology (2008-2018), Advisor Editor of Parasites and Vectors. He is organizer of the Parasitology Summer Courses (ParSCo) held under the aegis of the EVPC and Chair of the Odile Bain Memorial Prize.