Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Staff Profile

Dr Pierpaolo Di Giminiani

Research Associate

Background

Background

I have been interested in ethology throughout my academic career. Following my undergraduate studies, I decided to channel my scientific interest into applied aspects of animal behaviour and welfare by undertaking an MSc in Applied Biology at Linkoping University in Sweden. As part of my graduate research experience, I investigated the cognitive impairment caused by anaesthetic protocols in rodents. My doctorate at Aarhus University in Denmark focused on the assessment of behavioural measures of pain in pigs as a result of cutaneous inflammation. I have joined Newcastle University to continue investigating pain in pigs in relation to the practice of tail docking.

Qualifications

PhD Animal Science from Aarhus University (Denmark)

MSc Applied Biology from Linkoping University (Sweden)

BSc Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California in San Diego (United States)

Languages

Italian (native)

English

Portuguese

Spanish

Personal interests

Football

Skiing

Playing music

Travelling



Research

I am currently investigating changes in pain perception in pigs following tail docking and tail biting. The project is based on a partnership comprising several European institutions and sponsored by the Animal Health and Welfare Era-Net initiative through BBSRC and Defra. 

More information on the project can be found at www.farewelldock.eu


Teaching

Undergraduate

ACE 3022 -  Animal Welfare and Environment  

Postgraduate

ACE8102 - Experimental Design and statistics for animal based research






Publications