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Dr Stefano Vanin, PhD

Before obtaining my PhD in Evolutionary Biology I got a MPhil in Biology at the University of Padova (Italy). In order to improve my knowledge in Ecology, Entomology and Evolution during my MPhil I spent one year at the University of Paris XI as an Erasmus student.

Since 1994, working at the lab of Prof. M. Turchetto, I have had the opportunity to initiate my own forensic studies, participating in biological evidence collection at the scene crime and/or during the autopsy and from 1998 I have started to provide entomological expertise for different Institutes of Legal Medicine in Northern, Central and Southern Italy.

During my PhD I spent several months at the Biological Station of Roscoff (France) to improve my knowledge of Molecular Biology and Molecular Phylogeny and at the University of Georgia (USA) to improve my competence in Molecular Biology and Biophysics.

After getting my doctorate I worked as a researcher in Entomology for the National Center for Biodiversity (CNBF-CFS). I had a first contract as an Assistant Researcher in Physiology and a second as Assistant Researcher in Genetics at the University of Padova, Department of Biology. I worked on an EC funded project (EUCLOCK) developing genetic and statistical methods and experiments in general and behavioral genetics.

I have considerable teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant, Lecturer and Contract Professor on several types of courses, including Systematics, General Biology, Ecotoxicology, Neurobiology, Entomology (Biodeterioration), Forensic Entomology, Techniques and Tools for collecting and preserving insects and Zoology. I have been invited to give specific lectures on Forensic Entomology to the Italian Scientific Police, to the “Carabinieri” and to the doctors specializing in legal medicine.

In March 2011 I became a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Biology in the School of Applied Sciences, where I lecture in Forensic Entomology, Epidemiology, Data Handling, Crime Scene Investigation, and Evidence Presentation. I also provide workshops on Forensic Entomology and Forensic Ecology.

I am the forensic entomologist of the project for the correct recovery of the skeletons of World War I soldiers found in the Italian Alps and I am working in a project for old human DNA extraction from not conventional substrata, a project for the detection of post-mortal injuries caused by arthropods and other animals and in a project for PMI estimation from burned remains.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • PMI estimation of burned remains
  • Characterisation of human DNA from old cases

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Forensic Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • CSI
  • Evidence
  • PMi of Burned Remains
  • Human DNA from Old Cases

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Diptera Medicine & Life Sciences
Entomology Medicine & Life Sciences
Insects Medicine & Life Sciences
Cadaver Medicine & Life Sciences
Italy Medicine & Life Sciences
Muscidae Medicine & Life Sciences
Sarcophagidae Medicine & Life Sciences
Larva Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2002 2019

Crime Scene and Body Alterations caused by Arthropods: Implications in Death Investigation.

Vanin, S., Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Legal Medicine. 133, 1, p. 307-316 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Environmental necrophagous fauna selection in a funerary hypogeal context: The putridarium of the Franciscan monastery of Azzio (northern Italy)

Pradelli, J., Rossetti, C., Tuccia, F., Giordani, G., Licata, M., Birkhoff, J. M., Verzeletti, A. & Vanin, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 24, p. 683-692 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

monastic order

Experimental evaluation on the applicability of necrobiome analysis in forensic veterinary science

Tuccia, F., Zurgani, E., Bortolini, S. & Vanin, S., 12 Mar 2019, In : MicrobiologyOpen. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Forensic Sciences
Domestic Animals
Body Regions
Wild Animals
2 Citations (Scopus)

Decomposition pattern and insect colonization in two cases of suicide by hanging

Bugelli, V., Gherardi, M., Focardi, M., Pinchi, V., Vanin, S. & Campobasso, C. P., 2018, In : Forensic Sciences Research. 3, 1, p. 94-102 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Do longer sequences improve the accuracy of identification of forensically important Calliphoridae species?

Bortolini, S., Giordani, G., Tuccia, F., Maistrello, L. & Vanin, S., 17 Dec 2018, In : PeerJ. 2018, 12, p. 1-18 18 p., e5962.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lucilia illustris
Lucilia caesar

Activities 2013 2013

  • 1 Oral presentation

PMI Estimation in Submerged Bones: A New Strategy

Paul Bills (Speaker), Stefano Vanin (Speaker)
8 Jul 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation