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Andrea Luchetti

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: BIO/05 Zoology


Keywords: DNA repeated sequences molecular evolution animal evolution reproductive strategies phylogenentics

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).


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