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Andrea Luchetti

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: BIO/05 Zoology

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae of Andrea Luchetti

Born in Rome the 20th May 1976.

  

Education

20/04/2007 PhD in Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Bologna. Thesis title: “Evolution of repetitive DNA in model arthropods”.

13/3/2002. Master degree in Biological Sciences at University of Bologna, with Thesis on "Molecular characterisation of Bag320 satellite DNA in hybrid unisexual insects of the genus Bacillus (Insecta Phasmatodea)" (Supervisors: Prof. V. Scali, Prof. B. Mantovani).

 

Research Experience

January 2019 - present. Associate Professor of Zoology, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna.

January 2016 - January 2019. Senior Researcher, Lab. of Molecular Zoology, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna.

November 2012 – January 2016. Junior Researcher, Lab. of Molecular Zoology, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna.

November 2009 – October 2012. Research fellowship, Lab. of Molecular Zoology, Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna (Supervisor: Prof. B. Mantovani).

October 2007 – October 2009. Post-doc position, Lab. of Molecular Zoology, Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna (Supervisor: Prof. B. Mantovani).

January 2004 – December 2006. PhD student in the Biodiversity and Evolution program, Lab. of Molecular Zoology, Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna, with Thesis on "Evolution of repetitive DNA in model arthropods" (Supervisor: Prof. B. Mantovani).

April – December 2003. Scholarship on "ex 40%-2002" founds, working on "Microsatellites in Branchiopods" (Supervisor: Prof. F. Scanabissi).

July – December 2002. Scholarship on "Canziani" founds, working on "Molecular variability trends of satellite DNA families in arthropods with non-canonical reproductive modes" (Supervisor: Prof. B. Mantovani).

April – June 2002. Graduate student at Biochemical and Molecular Systematic Lab, Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna, working on satellite DNA variability in Bacillus rossius, and molecular phylogenetics of subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes (Supervisor: Prof. B. Mantovani).

February 2001 – February 2002. Degree internship at Biochemical and Molecular Systematic Lab, Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna, working on molecular characterization of Bag320 satellite DNA in unisexual hybrids of Bacillus stick insects (Phasmida).

 

Other courses

February 2007 – Enablement to the profession of Biologist.

September 2006 – Summer School in “Genome Evolution in Eukaryotes”, University of Bologna.

May 2006 - International School on Applied Statistics in Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”.

 

Teaching experience

A.A. 2016/2017, Professor of "Lab of Molecular Phylogenetics" (module 1 - 48 ore) 2nd Degree Courses in Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Bologna.

A.A. 2015/2016-2016/2017. Professor of "Molecular Phylogenetics" (64 ore) Master in Bioinformatics, University of Bologna.

A.Y. 2011/2012 – 2012/2013. Contract Professor of “Zoology” (module), 1st Degree Courses in Animal production and Wildlife management, University of Bologna.

A.Y. 2009/2010. Contract Professor of “Lab of Bioinformatics applied to the Evolutionary Biology” (module), 2nd Degree Courses in Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Bologna, and member of examining committee.

A.Y. 2007/2008. Contract Professor of “Zoology” (module), 1st Degree Courses in Technology for the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna.

 

Teaching Assistance

A.Y. 2011/2012. Teaching Assistant in “Zoology”, 1nd Degree Courses in Biological Sicences, University of Bologna, and member of examining committee.

A.Y. 2010/2011, 2011/2012. Teaching Assistant in “Lab of Molecular Phylogeny”, 2nd Degree Courses in Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Bologna, and member of examining committee.

A.Y. 2008/2009 – 2010/2011. Teaching Assistant in “Animal Biology (Biology and General Zoology)”, 1st Degree Courses in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna, and member of examining committee.

A.Y. 2005/2006 – 2008/2009. Teaching Assistant in “Lab of Molecular Systematic of the Animals”, 1st Degree Courses in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna, and member of the examining committee.

A.Y. 2006/2007, 2007/2008. Teaching Assistant in “Animal Biology (Reproduction, development and dispersion strategies)”, 1st Degree Courses in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna, and member of examining committee.

A.Y. 2004/2005 - 2006/2007. Teaching Assistant in "Zoology", 1st Degree Courses in Technology for the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna.

A.Y. 2004/2005. Teaching Assistant in "Parasitology Lab", 2nd Degree Courses in Sanitary Biological Sciences, University of Bologna.

 

Other exam commissions

A.Y. 2009/2010. Member of the examining committee of the course “Biological Evolution”, 1st Degree Courses in Natural Sciences, University of Bologna

A.Y. 2006/2007 – 2009/2010. Member of the examining committee of the course “Animal Biology”, 1st Degree Courses in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Bologna.

A.Y. 2009-2010 – today. Member of the examining committee of the course “Animal Biology”, 1st Degree Courses in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Bologna

A.Y. 2006/2007. Member of the examining committee of the course “Animal Biology”, 1st Degree Courses in Scientific Drug Informer, University of Bologna.

 

Student supervisor

During my activity I was co-supervisor of 4 degree thesis of the 5-year Courses in Biological Sciences, 2 thesis for 1st Degree Courses and 4 thesis for 2nd Degree Courses; moreover, I was co-supervisor of 4 PhD thesis in the Biodiversity and Evolution program.

I was also supervisor of three foreign PhD students visiting the MoZoo Lab.

 

Other professional experiences

A.Y. 2008/2009 – 2010/2011. Tutor of the Scientific Degree Project for high school students at Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology – University of Bologna

March – July 2007. Collaboration contract for organizing and management activities for the Presidency of the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro for formation and research.

A.Y. 2004/2005 - 2006/2007. Tutor of 1st Degree Courses in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna.

A.Y. 2004/2005. Member of the Department Council of the Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology – University of Bologna

 

Research activity

I am author or co-author of 54 scientific papers on both Italian and international peer-reviewed journals; 52 out 54  papers are on journals with impact factor. Moreover, I presented 42 communications and/or posters at national and international Congresses.

 

I was referee for the following journals: “Molecular Biology and Evolution”, “Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution”, “Animal Genetics”, “Molecular Biology Reports”, “Journal of Insect Science”, “Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy”, “Molecular Genetics and Genomics”, “European Journal of Plant Pathology”, "Insectes Sociaux", "American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene", "Genetica", "Journal of Biogeography", "Naturwissenschaften", "Bulletin of Insectology", “Molecular Ecology”, "Plos ONE", "Organisms Diversity and Evolution", "Journal of Molluscan Studies".

I was invited speaker at the European Science Foundation LESC Exploratory Workshop “Heterochromatin structure and function: from repetitive DNA sequences to epigenetics” (Donja Stubica, Croatia,  September 2008). Talk title: “Repetitive DNAs in bivalve molluscs”.

 

My main research interest is the study of molecular evolution in different Arthropoda with special regard to the study of the evolution of repetitive DNA: tandem repeats (satellite DNA, ribosomal DNA) and interspersed repeats (transposable elements). Since the evolutionary dynamics of these sequence, and then the correct interpretation of mechanisms underlying their evolution, is strictly linked to the taxonomy and the biology of analyzed animal systems I also investigated the phylogeny, phylogeography, molecular systematics and the reproductive biology of several insect and crustacean species.

The main research lines, therefore, are:

-       Molecular phylogentics, systematics and reproductive biology of Insecta, particularly Isoptera: Kalotermitidae and Rhinotermitidae; Crustacea, Branchiopoda: Choncostraca and Notostraca.

-       Evolutionary dynamics of repetitive DNA (mainly satellite DNA and retrotransposons) in the genome of arthropods with non-canonical reproductive strategies (parthenogenesis; ermaphroditism) or non-panmictic (eusociality).

 

Collaborations

- Dr. G. Burgio, Dep. of Agro-Environmental Sciences and Technology-Area of Entomology “Guido Grandi”, University of Bologna: molecular characterisation of insect of agro-environmental relevance: genus Liriomyza, Phytomyza, Chromatomyia (Diptera Agromyzidae), and Chrysotoxum (Diptera Syrphidae)".

- Dr. Tracy Dawes-Gromadzki, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Northern Territory, Australia: molecular systematic and phylogenetics of Australian Isoptera.

- Dr. Miroslav Plohl, Department of molecular genetics, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia: molecular evolution of satellite DNA in animal models.

- Phasmida DNA Barcoding Campaign. Co-ordinator: Paul Brock (Scientific Associate, Natural History Museum, London), Alex V. Borisenko, project manager; Italian representative: Barbara Mantovani; Australian representative: Jack Hasenpusch, Australian Insect Farm, Garradunga, Queensland.

- Dr. Vedrana Vicic e dr. Vlatka Zoldos, Faculty of Science, Biology, Dept. of Molecular Biology, University of Zagreb, Croatia: chromosome rearrangement in the Bacillus stick-insects .

- Dr. Sarah J. Wheelan, Center for Computational Genomics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA: Triops cancriformis genome project.

- Dr. Kenji Matsuura, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University, Japan: retrotrasposons (R2, SINE) activity in the parthenogenetic termite Reticulitermes speratus.

- Prof. Anne-Geneviève Bagnères, Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte, Université F. Rabelais, Tours, France: colony breeding structure in the termite Reticulitermes urbis.

- Prof. Franck Dedeine Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte, Université F. Rabelais, Tours, France: colony breeding structure, reproductive biology and genetic diversity of the termite Kalotermes flavicollis.

- Prof. Hong Yang, College of Life Sciences, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China: molecular phylogeny of the termite genus Reticulitermes.

 

Scientific Societies Membership

- A.I.S.A.S.P. – Italian Section of I.U.S.S.I (International Union for the Study of Social Insects)

-  S.I.B.E.-I.S.E.B. Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology

-  E.S.E.B. European Society for Evolutionary Biology

-  U.Z.I. Italian Union of Zoology

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