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Federico Plazzi

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: BIO/05 Zoology


Keywords: Evolution Small noncoding RNAs Phylogeny Taxonomy Molecular Biology High-Throughput Sequencing Mitogenomics Transcriptomics Mitochondrion

My main research interests focus on mitochondrial evolution and molecular phylogenetics, with special reference to the peculiar organellar inheritance termed DUI (Doubly Uniparental Inheritance).

About mitochondrial evolution and DUI, I deal with bivalve comparative mitogenomics and transcriptomics, in order to investigate the role of small noncoding RNAs transcribed from the mitochondrial genome in nucleus-mitochondrion crosstalk and to understand and unravel the evolutionary history of DUI and its relationships with the nuclear genome.

About molecular phylogenetics, I am interested in multi-locus phylogenetic inferences, typically based on mitochondrial genome, with special reference to the phylum of Mollusca and the class of Bivalvia. I am also interested in developing software and pipelines to improve these analyses further and further.