Serena Tumino

PhD Student - XXXIII Cycle Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science - Tutor: Salvatore Bordonaro
Office: Via Valdisavoia, 5 - piano terra
Phone: 095 4783476
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Last update: February 2021


2017-2020 PhD course in “Agricultural, Food and Environmental (cycle XXXIII)” at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment in collaboration with the Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia "A. Mirri"

November 2015 Master’s Degree in Agricultural Biotechnology at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Catania. Final mark: 110/110 (with honours).

November 2012 Bachelor’s Degree Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Sciences at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Catania. Final mark : 110/110 (with honours).

July 2008 High School diploma liceo Scientifico E. Fermi Ragusa. Final mark: 89/100


June 2019 - December 2019 International PhD Placement in the Department of Bacteriology at Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Weybridge - UK, developing skills in diagnostic tests for Mycoplasma agalactiae detection.

April 2017 - August 2017 Research fellowship at the OIE reference laboratory for Contagious Agalactia - Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia “A. Mirri” - in the project: "development of innovative laboratory and field tests for the identification of pathogenic mycoplasma species in the Sicilian dairy chain".

July 2016 - October 2016 Research fellowship at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment- University of Catania - in the project: FIR 2015 "genetic polymorphism and nutritional qualities of goat's milk, an opportunity for diversification and sustainable enhancement of production ".

Last edit: 01/02/2021


Urso M., Tumino S., Bruno E., Bordonaro S., Marletta D., Loria G.R., Shacham-Diamand Y., Priolo F., Mirabella S. (2020). Ultrasensitive electrochemical impedance-based detection of Mycoplasma agalactiae DNA by low-cost and disposable Au decorated NiO nanowall electrodes. ACS Applied Materials. Interfaces.12, 44, 50143–50151.

Bordonaro, S.; Tumino, S.; Marletta, D.; De Angelis, A.; Di Paola, F.; Avondo, M.; Valenti, B. Effect of GH p.L127V Polymorphism and Feeding Systems on Milk Production Traits and Fatty Acid Composition in Modicana Cows. Animals 2020, 10, 1651.

Savini F.,Gallina L., Prosperi A., Puleio R., Lavazza A., Di Marco P.,Tumino S., Moreno A., Lelli D., Guercio A., Scagliarini A. (2020). Bovine Papillomavirus 1 Gets Out of the Flock: Detection in an Ovine Wart in Sicily. Pathigens 9, 429.

Tumino S., Tolone M., Parco A., Puleio R., Arcoleo G., Manno C., Nicholas R. A. J., Loria G. R. (2020). Validation of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Field Tool for Rapid and Sensitive Diagnosis of Contagious Agalactia in Small Ruminants. Animals 10(3), 509.

Macaluso G., Parco A., Tumino S., Galuppo L., Puleio R., Nicholas R. A. J., Loria G. R. (2019). Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE): A tool to assess diversity of Mycoplasma species in small ruminants. Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Veterinary Science. 3, 1-3

Criscione A., Tumino S., Avondo M., Marletta D., Bordonaro S. (2019). Casein haplotype diversity in seven dairy goat breeds. Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 447 454.

Tolone, M., Sutera, A.M., Borrello, S., Tumino S., Scatassa M.L., Portolano B., Puleio R., Nicholas, R.A.J., Loria, G.R. (2019). Effect of Mycoplasma agalactiae mastitis on milk production and composition in Valle del Belice dairy sheep. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 18,1, 1067-1072.

Andrea Criscione, Vincenzo Cunsolo, Serena Tumino, Antonella Di Francesco, Salvatore Bordonaro, Vera Muccilli, Rosaria Saletti, Donata Marletta (2018). Polymorphism at donkey β lactoglobulin II locus: identification and characterization of a new genetic variant with a very low expression. Amino Acids 50, 6, 735-746.

Malacarne M., Criscione A., Franceschi P., Tumino S., Bordonaro S., Di Frangia F., Marletta D., Summer A. (2016). Distribution of Ca, P and Mg and casein micelle mineralization in donkey milk from the second to ninth month of lactation. International Dairy Journal 66, 1-5.

Proceedings of conferences:

Italian National Conference on the Physics of Matter. Catania  30 September- 4 October 2019. M. Urso, S. Tumino, S. Bordonaro, G. R. Loria, A. Criscione, D. Marletta, L. Bruno, A. Avni, Y. Shacham-Diamand, F. Priolo and S. Mirabella 2019. PCR-FREE M ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR BASED ON AU DECORATED NIO NANOWALLS.

European Congress of Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Arnhem (Netherlands) 25-28 September 2019. R. Puleio, S. Tumino, L. Condorelli, A. Parco, M. Tolone, A. Tamburello and G.R. Loria. Detection of Mycoplasma Agalactiae by in situ hybridization and characterization of inflammatory infiltrates by immunohistochemistry in udder sheep.

23rd Congress of the Animal Science and Production Association. Sorrento June 11–14, 2019. Adriana Bonanno, Serena Tumino, Andrea Criscione, Antonino Di Grigoli, Bernardo Valenti, Salvatore Bordonaro, Marcella Avondo. Effects of a GH polymorphism on milk production traits in Modicana and Cinisara cows reared in different feeding systems.

23nd Congress of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology (IOM). London (UK) 18-19th March 2019. Ridley A., Puleio R., Parco A., Hudson H., Tumino S., Loria G.R. Contamination of the farm environment by Mycoplasma agalactiae excreted in milk and faeces may contribute to persistence on sheep farms.

2nd National congress of the Italian Society of Virology. Roma 28-30 November 2018. Savini F., Gallina L., Puleio R., Di Marco P., Tumino S., Guercio A., Scagliarini A. Active replication of Bovine Papillomavirus 1 in ovine wart

21st European Society for Vector Ecology (E-SOVE). Palermo 22"d- 26th October 2018. S. Tumino, R. Puleio, A. Parco, S. Oliveri, M. Tolone, A. Tamburello, G.R. Loria. Molecular investigation of ticks as potential vector of Mycoplasma agalactiae.

XXIII annual congress Società Italiana di Patologia ed Allevamento degli Ovini e dei Caprini (S.I.P.A.O.C.). Napoli 12-14th September 2018. Oliveri S, Vicari D, Puleio R, Parco A, Tumino S, Tolone M, Di Gerlando M, Tamburello A, Loria GR. Primo caso di isolamento in Italia di Mycoplasma canis da una capra con patologia respiratoria.

XXIII annual congress Società Italiana di Patologia ed Allevamento degli Ovini e dei Caprini (S.I.P.A.O.C.). Napoli 12-14th September 2018.  R. Puleio, A. Parco, S.Tumino, S. Oliveri, M. Tolone, G. Macaluso, A. Tamburello, G.R. Loria. Sviluppo di una elettroforesi su gel in gradiente denaturante (DGGE) per l’identificazione di infezioni miste di mycoplasmi patogeni dell’allevamento ovi-caprino.

XXIII annual congress Società Italiana di Patologia ed Allevamento degli Ovini e dei Caprini (S.I.P.A.O.C.). Napoli 12-14th September 2018.  M. Tolone, R. Puleio, A. Parco, S.Tumino, S. Oliveri, A. Tamburello, B. Portolano, G.R. Loria. Studio di mastiti causate da Mycoplasma agalactiae in ovini di razza Valle del Belice: analisi di sopravvivenza.

XXIII annual congress Società Italiana di Patologia ed Allevamento degli Ovini e dei Caprini (S. I.P.A.O.C.) Napoli 12-14th September 2018. Tumino S, Blanda V, Russo F, Puleio R, Parco A, Oliveri S, Tolone M, Tamburello A, Loria GR. Indagini molecolari su zecche come potenziali vettori di Mycoplasma agalactiae.

22nd Congress of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology (IOM). Portsmouth (New Hampshire, USA) 8-12th June 2018. Ridley A., Giles M., Hudson H., Puleio R., Parco A., Tumino S., Loria GR. Detection of mycoplasma agalactiae in faeces during pilot study to monitor its environmental persistence on a sicilian sheep farm.

Joint European Congress of the ESVP, ESTP and ECVP. Lyon (France) 30th August – 2nd September 2017. Puleio R.,Tamburello A., Messina F., Parco A., Tumino S, Macaluso G., Loria G.R. Histological Patterns Related to Mycoplasma agalactiae Mastitis. Journal of Comparative Pathology (2018) 158, 138.

22nd Congress of the Animal Science and Production Association. Perugia June 13–16, 2017. Criscione A., Tumino S., Bordonaro S., Valenti B., Avondo M., Marletta D. Polymorphisms at PITX2 gene and effects on milk quality of Argentata dell’ Etna goat breed.

60th Annual Congress Italian Society Agricultural Genetics. Catania 13th -16th September 2016. Tumino S., Criscione A., Bordonaro S., Marletta D. Sequence analysis reveals a new genetic variant of betalactoglobulin II in Equus asinus.