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Pompei   Bolfa DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVP

Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Microanatomy

Dr. Pompei Bolfa received his DVM degree in 2004 from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He worked for 1 year in a mixed practice in Romania. As during his study years, Dr. Bolfa developed an interest for research and teaching, and decided to start a PhD in equine infectious diseases and began teaching at the faculty of veterinary medicine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He developed several research collaborations and spent several months in different research labs and schools in Europe (Lyon, France and Giessen, Germany) before joining RUSVM in March 2014.


DVM University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania

MSC Radiology and Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural

Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania

PHD Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania



Equine viral diseases, with focus on Equine Infectious Anemia Virus (EIAV) natural infection in domestic and wild equines.

Photochemoprotection using natural products on animal models, testing of nanomaterials, nanotoxicology (Au and Ag nanoparticles), toxicological studies.

Different aspects of veterinary pathology like: poultry pathology or the pathology of tropical keratopathy in cats

Diseases of free-roaming chickens in St. Kitts.


Publication Highlights


Olteanu, D., Baldea, I., Clichici, S., Bolfa, P., Cenariu, M., Schrepler, M.P., Alupei, A., Muresan, A., Filip, A. (2014): In vitro studies on the mechanisms involved in chemoprevention using Calluna vulgaris on vascular endothelial cells exposed to UVB. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology. 136:54-61. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24844620  

Mircean V, Dumitrache MO, Mircean M, Bolfa P, Györke A, Mihalca AD. (2014): Autochthonous canine leishmaniasis in Romania: neglected or (re)emerging? Parasites & Vectors. 7(1):135. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24684827

Daneasa, A., Cucolas, C., Furcea, M., Bolfa, P., Dudea, S., Olteanu, D., Alupei, A., Muresan, A., Filip, A. (2014): Spironolactone and dimethylsulfoxide effect on glucose metabolism and oxidative stress markers in polycystic ovarian syndrome rat model. Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes. 122(3):154-62. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24643692

Popa, D. S., Bolfa, P.*, Kiss, B., Vlase, L., Paltinean, R., Pop, A., Catoi, C., Crisan, G., Loghin, F. (2014): Influence of Genista tinctoria l. or methylparaben on subchronic toxicity of Bisphenol A in rats. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. 27(2):35-44. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24625398

Bolfa, P., Nolf, M., Cadore, J. L., Archer, F., Thivolet, F., Mornex, J. F., Catoi, C., Leroux, C. (2013): Interstitial lung disease in horses associated with EIAV infection. Veterinary Research, 44:113. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24289102

Bolfa, P., Vidrighinescu, R., Petruta, A., Dezmirean, D., Stan, L., Vlase, L., Damian, G., Filip, A., Catoi, C., Clichici, S. (2013). Photoprotective effects of Romanian propolis on skin of mice exposed to UVB irradiation. Food and Chemical Toxicology 62, 329-342. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24013074

Filip, A., Postescu, I. D., Bolfa, P., Catoi, C., Muresan, A., Clichici, S. (2013): Inhibition of UVB-induced skin phototoxicity by a grape seed extract as modulator of nitrosative stress, ERK/NF-kB signaling pathway and apoptosis, in SKH-1 mice. Food and Chemical Toxicology 57, 296-306. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23567245

Crisan, M., David, L., Moldovan, B., Vulcu, A., Dreve, S., Schrepler, M. P., Tatomir, C., Filip, A., Bolfa, P., Achim, M., Chiorean, I., Kacso, I., Grosan, C. B., Olenic, L. (2013). New Nanomaterials for the improvement of psoriatic lesions. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 1, 3152-3158. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2013/TB/c3tb20476f#!divAbstract

Taulescu, M. A., Bolfa, P., Buiga, R., Gal, A. F., Sevastre, B., Morar, I., Catoi, C. (2012): Metastatic cholangiocarcinoma in a llama (Lama glama). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 24, 986-989. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22786974

Bolfa, P., Leroux, C., Pintea, A., Andrei, S., Catoi, C., Taulescu, M., Tabaran, F., Spinu, M. (2012): Oxidant-antioxidant imbalance in horses infected with equine infectious anaemia virus. The Veterinary Journal 192, 449-454. Highlighted paper. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21962828


Current Projects

Diseases of free roaming and farmed chickens in St Kitts

Serological survey of some major equine viral diseases in the Eastern Caribbean

Serological survey of major equine viral diseases (West-Nile, Equine

Infectious Anemia, Equine Viral Arteritis, Equine Influenza, Equine

Herpesvirus 1 and 4) in zebras (wild equids) and rhinoceros in Kenya and Tanzania


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists