Antonia Ricci graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1993 at Bologna University, and she received a Postgraduate certificate in Diagnosis and prevention of animal diseases in 1994, and a Postgraduate specialisation in Food Hygiene in 1997 at the University of Torino.
She headed until February 2018 the Food Safety Department of Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie(IZSVe), in Italy, and in March 2018 she was nominated Director of Science of IZSVe.
She heads since 1999 the National Reference Laboratory for Salmonellosis in Italy, which in 2007 was nominated OIE Reference Laboratory. From 2009 to 2018 she was member (and chair since 2015) of the Biohaz Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Her main fields of expertise are microbiology, epidemiology and control of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance; in these areas she has given consultancy to national and international bodies, such as the European Commission, OIE, WHO, and she leads several research projects.