Silvia Cerolini, PhD
Associate professor of Veterinary Medicine

Università degli Studi di Milano
Via Trentacoste, Milano, Italy
Phone: 02 50315747


1982 Graduation in ‘ScienzedellaProduzioneAnimale’ (Animal Production), University of Milan, Italy.
1983-1986 PhD in ‘ScienzeZootecniche’ (Animal Science), University of Milan, Italy.`
1987-1998 Appointed as researcher at the ‘Institute for the safeguard and valorisation of animal germplasm’ (Unit of Animal Reproduction), National Research Council (CNR), Milan, Italy.
1995-1998 Post-doc position at the Biochemical Sciences Department, Scottish Agricultural College,Ayr, UK.
1998 Appointed as associate professor in poultry science (SSD AGR20 Zoocolture) at the University of Milan, Italy.


Silvia Cerolini is an associate professor belongs to the department of veterinary medicine at the Università degli Studi di Milano. She completed her Ph.D in ScienzeZootecniche’ (Animal Science), at the University of Milan. Her research interest includes Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Animal Science and Cryobiology.

Research Interest

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Animal Science
  • Cryobiology

Scientific Activities

Teaching duties in the academic year 2016-2017
  • Poultry science; degree in Veterinary Medicine.
  • Rearing systems for poultry production; short degree in Animal Husbandry and Welfare.
  • Poultry science and production; degree in Animal Science and Technologies. 
Research activities

The research activity during the PhD was focused on the management and reproductive function during ageing in laying hens.

Main research interest within CNR was the study of male reproduction in different domestic animals. In vitro assessment of sperm quality, semen storage and sperm changes related to ageing were studied in bulls, chickens and pheasants.

Relevant research activities were developed to study the lipid and antioxidant components of semen in domestic birds (chickens and turkeys) and mammals (boars and rabbits). The species-specific lipid composition of sperm and its relation to semen quality and fertility was studied. Dietary manipulation of the fatty acid composition of sperm was studied in order to improve male fertility and semen storage, and to prevent ageing.

Since 2006, research activity included both in situ and ex situin vitro strategies for the conservation of chicken and turkey Italian breeds.Genetic and phenotypic characterization of the breeds, and free range rearing system for chicken breeds were studied. Cryopreservation technology was studied in order to decrease sperm damages after storage in chicken semen.

Membership and duties
1984 Member of the Italian Scientific Association of Animal Production.
1989 Member of the Italian Branch of the World’sPoultry Science Association.
2011 Manager for the Poultry Unit, Center for Animal Production, University of Milan.
2014 Responsible for the Poultry Center for Conservation of Local GeneticResources, Center for Animal Production, University of Milan.


  1. Cerolini S, Madeddu M, Zaniboni L, Cassinelli C, Mangiagalli MG, Marelli SP (2010) Breeding performance in the Italian chicken breed Mericanel della Brianza. Italian Journal Animal science, vol. 9(4) : 382-385.
  2. Gliozzi TM, Zaniboni L, Cerolini S (2011) DNA fragmentation in chicken spermatozoa during cryopreservation. Theriogenology, 75 : 1613-1622.
  3. Mangiagalli MG, Cesari V, Cerolini S, Luzi F, Toschi I (2012) Effect of lycopene supplementation on semen quality and reproduction performance in rabbit. World Rabbit Science, 20 : 141-148. doi 10.4995/wrs.2012.1150.
  4. IaffaldanoN., Paventi G., Passarella S., Cerolini S., Zaniboni L., Marzoni M., RosatoM.P. (2013) The post-thaw irradiation of avian spermatozoa with He-Ne laser differently affects chicken, pheasant and turkey sperm quality. Animal Reproduction Science: 142: 168-172.
  5. Madeddu M., Zaniboni L., Mangiagalli M.G, Cassinelli C. Cerolini S. (2013) Egg related parameters affecting fertility and hatchability in the Italian bantam breed MericaneldellaBrianza. Animal Reproduction Science: 137: 214-219.
  6. Zaniboni L, Cassinelli C, MangiagalliMG, Gliozzi TM, Cerolini S (2014) Pellet cryopreservation for chicken semen: effects of sperm working concentration, cryoprotectant concentration and equilibration time during in vitro processing. Theriogenology, 82 (2): 251-258.
  7. Colombo E, Strillaci MG, Cozzi MC, Madeddu M, Mangiagalli MG, Mosca F, Zaniboni L, Bagnato A, Cerolini S (2014) Feasibility study on the FAO chicken microsatellite panel to assess genetic variability in the turkey (Meleagrisgallopavo). Italian Journal Animal Science, 13: 887-890.
  8. Mosca F, Madeddu M, Mangiagalli MG, Colombo E, Cozzi C, Zaniboni L, Cerolini S (2015) Birddensity, stress markers and growth performance in the Italian chicken breed Milanino. Journal Applied Poultry Research, 24 (4): 529-535.
  9. Iaffaldano I, Di Iorio M, Miranda M, Zaniboni L, Manchisi A, Cerolini S (2016) Cryopreserving turkey semen in straws and nitrogen vaporizing DMSO or DMA: effects of cryoprotectant concentration, freezing rate and thawing rate on post-thaw semen quality. BritishPoultry Science, 57 (2): 264-270.
  10. Mosca F, Kuster CA, Stella S, Farina G, Madeddu M, Zaniboni L, Cerolini S (2016) Growth performance, carcass characteristics and meat composition of Milanino chickens fed different protein levels. British Poultry Science, 57 (4): 531-537.
  11. Iaffaldano N, Di Iorio M, Cerolini S, Manchisi A (2016) Overview of turkey semen storage: focus on cryopreservation. Annals of Animal Science, DOI: 10.1515/aoas-2016-0026.
  12. Madeddu M, Mosca F, Abdel Sayed A, Zaniboni L, Mangiagalli MG, Colombo E, Cerolini S (2016) Effect of cooling rate on the survival of cryopreserved rooster sperm: Comparison of different distances in the vapor above the surface of the liquid nitrogen. Animal Reproduction Science, 171: 58-64.
  13. StrillaciMG, CozziC, GorlaE, MoscaF, Schiavini F, Román-Ponce SI, Ruiz López F, Schiavone A, Marzoni M, Cerolini S, Bagnato A (2016) Genomic and genetic variability of six chicken populations using single nucleotide polymorphism and copy number variants as markers. Animal, doi:10.1017/S1751731116002135.
  14. Mosca F, Madeddu M, Sayed AA, Zaniboni L, Iaffaldano N, Cerolini S (2016) Combined effect of permeant and non-permeant cryoprotectants on the quality of frozen/thawed chicken sperm. Cryobiology, 73(3): 343-347.
  15. Mosca F, Madeddu M, Sayed AA, Zaniboni L, Iaffaldano N, Cerolini S (2016) Data on the positive synergicaction
of dimethylacetamide and trehalose on quality of cryopreserved chicken sperm. Data in Brief, 9: 1118-1121.

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