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 concerns the study of molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics, and evolutionary genomics in arthropods (crustaceans and insects) and in molluscs (mainly bivalves). More in particular, my research lines aim to the understanding of the evolution of animal biodiversity and systematics (at species level or above), of the evolution of characters (morphological and molecular) that characterize the different animal taxa, and to the evolution of genomes. Moreover, I am also interested in the reproductive biology and its effects on the genome evolution, with special emphasis on the evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements. In these research lines I have several collaborations with national and international research groups.
At the present, my main research projects concern:

  • Biodiversity genomics and molecular phylogenetics in insects (mainly termites, stick insects and ants).
  • Evolutionary genomics in branchiopod crustaceans, with emphasis on the morphological stasis, and in bivalve molluscs.
  • Evolution of genomes in parthenogenetic arthropods.

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)