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Pompei   Bolfa DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVP

Associate 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 Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He then moved to a full time Pathology teaching position, and started training for the Veterinary Anatomic Pathology board exam, which he successfully completed in 2016, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He is passionate for teaching and has an interest in research I areas like comparative pathology, veterinary pathology, virology or epidemiology which is reflected in various projects before joining RUSVM in March 2014, or after that time.


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


Development of a scoring and mapping system for surgically removed equine arytenoid cartilage lesions;

A one health approach to silicate pneumoconioses in domestic and wild animals in St. Kitts;

Background lesions in wild caught and captive African green monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) in St Kitts;

Investigation or morphological changes associated with tropical keratopathy (Florida spots) in cats and mongooses

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

Bolfa P, Jeon I, Loftis A, Leslie T, Marchi S, Sithole F, Beck C, Lecollinet S, Zientara S, Hans A, Issel CJ. (2017). "Detection of West Nile Virus and other common equine viruses in three locations from the Leeward Islands, West Indies." Acta Trop 174: 24-28.

Constantinescu IM, Bolfa P, Constantinescu D, Mironiuc AI, Gherman CD. (2017). "Treatment with Sildenafil and Donepezil Improves Angiogenesis in Experimentally Induced Critical Limb Ischemia." Biomed Res Int 2017: 9532381.

Tabaran AF, Nagy AL, Catoi C, Morar I, Tabaran A, Mihaiu M, Bolfa P. (2015). "Congenital diaphragmatic hernia with concurrent aplasia of the pericardium in a foal." BMC Vet Res 11(1): 309.

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