Personale Docente

Paolo Mongillo

Ricercatore universitario confermato

VET/02

Indirizzo: VIALE DELL'UNIVERSITÀ, 16 - LEGNARO PD . . .

Telefono: 049641862

Fax: 0498272604

E-mail: paolo.mongillo@unipd.it

Current position:
Assistant Research Professor (since May 2012) - VET/02

Education
Post-graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behavioural Medicine, University of Pisa (2014)
PhD in Veterinary Science, University of Padua (2010)
Degree in Veterinary Medicine, University of Padua (2006)

Other working and research experience
President of CSC S.r.l. – Spin off of the University of Padua (since January 2015)
Visiting Scientist at the Clever Dog Lab, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria (January – February
2013)
Post-doc research fellow , University of Padua (March 2010-April 2012
Research fellow at CanCog Technologies Inc., Toronto (ON, Canada) (August 2008-August 2009)

Other accomplishments
Winner of CompCog short visit grant (2013)
Achievement of the national board examination for the veterinary profession (2006)

Research activity
The research activity is conducted primarily in the area of neuroethology in domestic animal species and can be divided in four main research lines:
1) The effects of aging on cognition (attention, spatial learning and memory), emotion (dog-owner
attachment), the endocrine system (cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone), the immune system (leucocyte
populations) in dogs;
2) mechanisms of dogs visual perception and processing (global/local processing of hierarchical images,
discrimination of human faces, detection and prediction of motion);
3) effects of sex on dogs cognition (spatial cognition, processing of motion, impulsivity)
4) ethology applied to the pet-human relationship (development and validation of procedures for the
behavioral assessment and selection of pet therapy dogs' behavior, analysis of dog's normal and problematic
behavior and of the public perception of dogs in urban areas, effects of owners's characteristics on dogs
quality of life, analysis of observational learning id the context of dog training)

Research projects
Competitive grants received as Principal Investigator
- Sex dependent differences in dog cognition (2014-2016, PRAT, University of Padua,
€26.000)

Ordinary research grants received as Principal Investigator
- Attention of dogs and owners in urban contexts: public perception and problematic behaviors - (2014-2016,
ex-60%, University of Padua)
- Modulation of aggression in pigs reared in the dark: role of the genetic type (2013-2015, ex-60%, University of Padua)

Activity as reviewer of research papers for the following journals:
- Frontiers in Psychology
- Animal Cognition
- Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Application and Research
- Behavioral Processes
- Age

Activity as editor for the following journals:
- Frontiers in Psychology

Activity as reviewer of research projects for the following institutions:
- Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie

Organization of scientific conferences:
- Canine Science Forum - Padua, 28 June - 1st July
- Study day of the Italian Society of Veterinary Physiology - Chioggia (VE) Italy, 28-29 September 2012

Membership of scientific societies and institutions:
- Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
- Italian Society of Veterinary Physiology
- Scientific Committee of CanCog Inc. - Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

Teaching activity
Practical classes in companion animal behavior, deg in Veterinary Medicine
Practical classes in veterinary physiology, deg in Veterinary Medicine
Course of General Physiology, deg in Food safety

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Conspecific observational learning by adult dogs in a training context
Scandurra, A, Mongillo, P, Marinelli, L, Aria, M, D’Aniello, B (2016) Applied animal behaviour science, 174, 116–120

Attention of dogs and owners in urban contexts: public perception and problematic behaviors
Mongillo P, Adamelli, S, Pitteri, E, & Marinelli, L (2015) Journal of veterinary behavior: clinical applications and research, 10(3), 210-216

Peripheral leukocyte populations and oxidative stress biomarkers in aged dogs showing impaired cognitive abilities
Mongillo P, Adamelli S, Pitteri E, & Marinelli L (2015) Age, 37(3), 1-11

Validation of a selection protocol of dogs involved in animal-assisted intervention
Mongillo P, Pitteri E, Adamelli S, Bonichini S, Farina L, & Marinelli L (2015) Journal of veterinary behavior: clinical applications and research, 10(2), 103-110

Part-based and configural processing of owner’s face in dogs
Pitteri E, Mongillo P, Carnier P, Marinelli L, & Huber, L (2014) PLoS One, e108176

Reciprocal attention of dogs and owners in urban contexts
Mongillo P, Adamelli S, Pitteri E, & Marinelli L (2014) Journal of veterinary behavior: clinical applications and research, 9(4), 158-163

Hierarchical stimulus processing by dogs (canis familiaris)
Pitteri E, Mongillo P, Carnier P, & Marinelli L (2014) Animal cognition, 17(4), 869-877

The quality of life of pet dogs owned by elderly people depends on the living context, not on the owner’s age
Pitteri E, Mongillo P, Adamelli S, Bonichini S, & Marinelli L (2014) Journal of veterinary behavior: clinical applications and research, 9(2), 72-77

Effect of age and sex on plasma cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone concentrations in the dog (canis familiaris)
Mongillo P, Prana E, Gabai G, Bertotto D, & Marinelli L (2014) Research in veterinary science, 96(1), 33-38

Spatial reversal learning is impaired by age in pet dogs
Mongillo P, Araujo J A, Pitteri E, Carnier P, Adamelli S, Regolin L, & Marinelli L (2013) Age, 35(6), 2273-2282

Does the attachment system towards owners change in aged dogs?
Mongillo P, Pitteri E, Carnier P, Gabai G, Adamelli S, & Marinelli L (2013) Physiology & behavior, 120, 64-69

Successful treatment of abnormal feeding behaviour in a cat
Mongillo P, Adamelli S, Fraccaroli E, Bernardini M, & Marinelli L (2012) Journal of veterinary behavior: clinical applications and research, 9(2), 72-77

Selective attention to humans in companion dogs, canis familiaris
Mongillo P, Bono G, Regolin L, & Marinelli L (2010) Animal behaviour, 80(6), 1057-1063

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Ricerca nell’ambito dell’etologia e della fisiologia degli animali domestici. I principali temi di ricerca seguiti includono:
- studio degli effetti della senilità su funzioni cognitive e su parametri immunitari e dello stress ossidativo nel cane famigliare
- studio di caratteristiche della percezione visiva nel cane
- allestimento di strumenti per la valutazione di idoneità di cani per gli interventi assistiti da animali.