Andrea Luchetti

Andrea Luchetti. Associate Professor.
Born in Rome, 20-05-1976

Education and Positions held to date

January 2019 – present. Associate Professor in Zoology, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna.
November 2012 – January 2019. Fixed term Assistant Professor in Zoology, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna.
November 2009 – October 2012. Research fellow, University of Bologna.
October 2007 – 2009. Post-doc position, University of Bologna.
January 2004 – December 2006. PhD in the Biodiversity and Evolution program, University of Bologna.
July 2002 – December 2003. Scholarship at Biochemical and Molecular Systematic Lab, University of Bologna.
April – June 2002. Internship at Biochemical and Molecular Systematic Lab, University of Bologna
March 2002. Master Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna (Supervisors: prof. V. Scali, Prof. B. Mantovani).

Research interest
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 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 are:
– Molecular phylogenetics, systematics and reproductive biology of Insecta, particularly Isoptera and Phasmida; Crustacea, Branchiopoda: Choncostraca and Notostraca.
– Evolution of eusociality, colony structure and breeding system in termites (Reticulitermes spp., Rhintoermitidae; Kalotermes spp., Kalotermitidae).
– 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).

Present collaborations
– Dr. Miroslav Plohl, Department of molecular genetics, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia: molecular evolution of satellite DNA in animal models.
– Dr. Sarah J. Wheelan, Center for Computational Genomics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA: Triops cancriformis genome project.
– 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; phylogeny and phylogeography of Reticulitermes spp.

Teaching activity
Faculty of  Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Master degree course in Biodiversity and Evolution:
– Laboratory of  molecular phylogenetics

Faculty of  Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Master degree course in Bioinformatics
– Molecular phylogenetics

(Personal webpage at University of Bologna)