Andrei Daniel MIHALCA, Prof., DVM, Ph.D., Dipl ECZM
Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca
Calea Manastur 3-5, Cluj-Napoca, 400372, Romania
Role and main activities in AIMCOST
Task leader: Training School Coordinator
Member of WG1 (MONITORING & SURVEILLANCE of AIMs and EAIMBVs)
Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca, DVM, graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca Romania, in 2002 and in 2007 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the same institution. Currently he is affiliated to the Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2014, he is Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine. His main research interests include ecology of vectors and vector-borne diseases, wildlife diseases, tropical parasitology and conservation medicine. He coordinated various research projects on vector-borne diseases, including the pan-European EurNegVec COST Action. He is actively involved in research and social veterinary medicine projects focused on parasitic and infectious diseases of small animals (dogs and cats) across sub-Saharan Africa with previous work done in Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Liberia. Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca is in the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, including Parasites & Vectors, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, BMC Veterinary Research, Veterinary Parasitology: Regional studies and Reports etc. In the free time, he is doing wildlife photography and travels.
Five recent and relevant publications
- Estrada-Peña A, Mihalca AD, Petney TN. 2018. Ticks of Europe and North Africa: A Guide to Species Identification. Springer. 404 pp. ISBN 978-3319637594.
- Păstrav IR, Ionică AM, Peștean C, D’Amico G, Novakova E, Modrý D, Mihalca AD. 2018. Peripheral venous vs. capillary microfilariaemia in a dog co-infected with Dirofilaria repens and D. immitis: a comparative approach using triatomine bugs for blood collection. Veterinary Parasitology 257:54-57.
- D’Amico G, Estrada-Peña A, Kalmár Z, Fuh T, Petrželková K, Mihalca AD. 2018. Redescription of the adult stages of Ixodes (Afrixodes) rasus Neumann 1899, with notes on its phylogenetic position within genus Ixodes. Tick and Tick-Borne Diseases 9:654-659.
- Ionică AM, Zittra C, Wimmer V, Leitner N, Votýpka J, Modrý D, Mihalca AD, Fuehrer HP. 2017. Mosquitoes in the Danube Delta: searching for vectors of filarioid helminths and avian malaria. Parasites & Vectors 10:32
- Mihalca AD, Ionică AM, D’Amico G, Daskalaki AA, Deak G, Matei IA, Șimonca V, Iordache D, Modrý D. Gherman CM. 2016. Thelazia callipaeda in wild carnivores from Romania: new host and geographical records. Parasites & Vectors 9:350.