Prof. Sambri graduated summa cum laude in Medicine at the Alma Mater Studiorum, the University of Bologna, in 1986. From September 1st, 1988 to May 31st, 1989 he attended the Laboratory of the ID Division, the University of California at Los Angeles under the supervision of Michael A. Lovett working on genetic transformation of spirochetes. He received his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from the University of Genoa in 1991, discussing a thesis on the microbiology of spirochetal infection. From 1991 to 2004 he worked as research associate in the Laboratory of the Section of Microbiology, DMCSS, the University of Bologna. Presently he holds a position as Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Head of the Laboratory of the Regional reference Centre for Emerging Infections, the University of Bologna. The research work refers to spirochetes and chlamydiae. From September 2003, Dr Sambri holded also the position of Head of the Regional Reference Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease (CRREM) and in this field he has been recently involved in the research and diagnostic work related to the outbreak of Chikungunya fever and West Nile virus that hit the Emilia Romagna Region during the recent years. Since December 2012 Dr Sambri holds the position of Head and Director of the Unit of MIcrobiology - The Great Romagna Hub laboratory. His work resulted in more than 200 scientific publications in international Journals. Dr Sambri was selected as a reviewer for many Journals, including Clinical Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Infectious Diseases and the Journal of Infection. Vittorio Sambri is member of the EU funded research project PREDEMICS and of the SAB of the EU funded research project VECTORIE. He is the PI of the research project "New and emerging vector borne infectious diseases in Italy: epidemiology, surveillance, diagnosis and impact on the safety of blood and organ donations" funded by the Italian Ministry of Health.