Professor Sparagano received his BSc and MSc from the University of Paris VII, France, his MRes from the University Blaise Pascal, France, and his PhD from the Institut Pasteur and the University Lyon I, France.
Before joining RAU as the Dean for Agricultural Sciences and Practice he was working at City University of Hong Kong (as Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health). He was the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Animal Health and Biotechnology at Coventry University, UK. Prior to this appointment, he was the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University, UK.
Olivier is a Chartered Biologist, a Fellow of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (of which was the President three times), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an Associate Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and over 370 conference abstracts. He is currently on the Top 2% most cited scientist list established by Stanford University in 2021, 2022 and 2023.