One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Ilaria Capua is full professor and Director of the One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida. She has worked as a virologist for over 30 years directing laboratories of international stature, and has served as an elected representative in the Italian Parliament for over three years (2013-2016). She is a regular columnist for the Italian mainstream press and an author of science-based books for adults and children.
In her career as a virologist, she focused on viral infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans. In 2006, she championed and pioneered data sharing on viral sequences to improve pandemic preparedness in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion. She has authored over 230 publications in peer reviewed journals, and has published scientific books on zoonotic diseases. Since 2008. she has authored ten books for the general public, which have been translated into several languages.
She is now focusing on expanding a novel, broader approach to health known as Circular Health, which aims to co–advance the health of humans, animals, plants, and the environment as one system by exploiting the big data environment.