Vallisneri, Antonio (1661-1730) Italian physician and biologist Born at Trassilico, near Modena in Italy, Vallisneri (or Vallisnieri; val-eez-nyair-ee) studied medicine at Bologna under Marcello MALPIGHI and at Reggio where he obtained his MD in 1684. After practicing medicine in Reggio, Vallisneri was appointed to the chair of medicine at the University of Padua in 1700 where he remained until his death.