[Names in all caps indicate members of the MoZoo Lab at the time of publication]


  • XU R*, Iannello M*, Havird JC, Milani L, GHISELLI F. (2021). Lack of transcriptional coordination between mitochondrial and nuclear oxidative phosphorylation genes in the presence of two divergent mitochondrial genomes. Zoological Research, 43:1–18 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • Iannello M, Mezzelani M, Dalla Rovere G, Smits M, Patarnello T, Ciofi C, Carraro L, Boffo L, Ferraresso S, Babbucci M, Mazzariol S, Centelleghe C, Cardazzo B, Carrer C, Varagnolo M, Nardi A, Pittura L, Benedetti M, Fattorini D, Regoli F, GHISELLI F, Gorbi S, Bargelloni L, Milan M. 2021. Long‐lasting effects of chronic exposure to chemical pollution on the hologenome of the Manila clam. Evolutionary Applications (Early Online). doi: 10.1111/eva.13319. LINK
  • Iannello M*, Bettinazzi S, Breton S, GHISELLI F*, Milani L. (2021). A naturally heteroplasmic clam provides clues about the effects of genetic bottleneck on paternal mtDNA. Genome Biology and Evolution, 13. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evab022 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • Piccinini G*, Iannello M*, Puccio G, PLAZZI F, Havird JC, GHISELLI F. (2021). Mitonuclear Coevolution, but Not Nuclear Compensation, Drives Evolution of OXPHOS Complexes in Bivalves. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi: 10.1093/molbev/msab054 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • GHISELLI F*, Gomes-dos-Santos A, Adema CM, Lopes-Lima M, Sharbrough J, Boore JL. (2021). Molluscan Mitochondrial Genomes Break the Rules. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376:20200159. (*Corresponding Author). LINK
  • Breton S*, GHISELLI F*, Milani L*. (2021). Mitochondrial short-term plastic responses and long-term evolutionary dynamics in animal species. Genome Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evab084 (*Corresponding Authors). LINK
  • GHISELLI F*, Iannello M, Piccinini G, Milani L (2021). Bivalve molluscs as model systems for studying mitochondrial biology. Integrative and Comparative Biology, icab057. doi: 10.1093/icb/icab057. Online ahead of print. (*Corresponding Author). LINK
  • FORNI G, PLAZZI F, CUSSIGH A, Conle O, Hennemann F, LUCHETTI A, MANTOVANI B (2021). Phylomitogenomics provides new perspectives on the Euphasmatodea radiation (Insecta: Phasmatodea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 155:106983.
  • FORMAGGIONI A, LUCHETTI A, PLAZZI F (2021). Mitochondrial Genomic Landscape: a Portrait of the MitochondrialGenome 40 Years after the First Complete Sequence. Life, 11: 663.
  • Schifani E, Giannetti D, Csosz S, CASTELLUCCI F, LUCHETTI A, Castracani C, Spotti FA, Mori A, Grasso DA. Is mimicry as a diversification driver in ants? Biogeography, ecology, ethology, genetics and morphology define a second West-Palaearctic Colobopsis species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press (doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlab035)
  • FORNI G, Ruggeri A, PICCININI G, LUCHETTI A. BASE: a novel workflow to integrate non-ubiquitous genes in comparative genomics analyses for selection. Ecology and Evolution, in press (doi: 10.1002/ece3.7959)
  • Maeda GP, Iannello M, McConie HJ, GHISELLI F, Havird JC. 2021. Relaxed selection on male mitochondrial genes in DUI bivalves eases the need for mitonuclear coevolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in press. LINK


  • Milani L, Scali V, Punzi E, LUCHETTI A, GHISELLI F (2020). The puzzling taxonomic rank of Pijnackeria hispanica, a chimerical hybrid androgen (Insecta, Phasmida). Organism Diversity and Evolution, 20:285–297.
  • Bordoni A., Mocilnik G., FORNI G, Bercigli M, Giove C.D.V., LUCHETTI A, Turillazzi S., Dapporto L., Marconi M. (2020). Two aggressive neighbours living peacefully: the nesting association between a stingless bee and the bullet ant. Insectes Sociaux, 67:103–112.
  • GHISELLI F, Milani L. (2020). Linking the mitochondrial genotype to phenotype: a complex endeavour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375:20190169. LINK
  • Milani L, GHISELLI F. (2020). Faraway, so close. The comparative method and the potential of non-model animals in mitochondrial research. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375:20190186. LINK


  • LUCHETTI A, Lomiento M, MANTOVANI B. 2019. Riding the wave: the SINE-specific V highly conserved domain spread into mammalian genomes exploiting the replication burst of MER6 DNA transposon. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(22), 5607.LINK
  • Wang P-L*, LUCHETTI A*, RUGGIERI AA, Xiong X-M, Xu M-R-X, Zhang X-G, Zhang H-H. 2019. Successful invasions of short internally deleted elements (SIDEs) and its partner CR1 in Lepidoptera insects. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11(9):2505–2516. (*equally contributing authors). LINK
  • FORNI G, PUCCIO G, Bourguignon T, Evans T, MANTOVANI B., Rota-Stabelli O, LUCHETTI A. 2019. Complete mitochondrial genomes from transcriptomes: assessing pros and cons of data mining for assembling new mitogenomes. Scientific Reports, 9, 14806. LINK
  • Havird JC, Weaver RJ, Milani L, GHISELLI F, Greenway R, Ramsey AJ, Jimenez AG, Dowling DK, Hood WR, Montooth KL, Estes S, Schulte PM, Sokolova IM, Hill GE. (2019). Beyond the powerhouse: integrating mitonuclear evolution, physiology, and theory in comparative biology. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59(4):856–863. LINK
  • GHISELLI F, Maurizii MG, Reunov A, Ariño-Bassols H, Cifaldi C, Pecci A, Alexandrova Y, Bettini S, PASSAMONTI M, Franceschini V, Milani L. (2019). Natural Heteroplasmy and Mitochondrial Inheritance in Bivalve Molluscs. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59(4):1016–1032. LINK
  • LUCHETTI A, FORNI G, Skaist AM, Wheelan SJ, MANTOVANI B. (2019). Mitochondrial genome diversity and evolution in Branchiopoda (Crustacea). Zoological Letters, 5: 15. LINK
  • IANNELLO M, PUCCIO G, PICCININI G, PASSAMONTI M, GHISELLI F. (2019). The dynamics of mito-nuclear coevolution: A perspective from bivalve species with two different mechanisms of mitochondrial inheritance. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 57(3): 534–547. LINK
  • Savojardo C*, LUCHETTI A*, Martelli PL, Casadio R, MANTOVANI B (2019).  Draft genomes and genomic divergence of two Lepidurus tadpole shrimp species (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Notostraca). Molecular Ecology Resources, 19: 235–244. (* equally contributing authors)


  • SCICCHITANO V., Dedeine F., MANTOVANI B., LUCHETTI A. (2018). Molecular systematics, biogeography, and colony fusion in the European dry-wood termites Kalotermes spp. (Blattodea, Termitoidae, Kalotermitidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 108: 523-531.
  • Renaut S, Guerra D, Hoeh WR, Stewart DT, Bogan AE, GHISELLI F, Milani L, PASSAMONTI M, Breton S. (2018). Genome survey of the freshwater mussel Venustaconcha ellipsiformis (Bivalvia: Unionida) using a hybrid de novo assembly approach. Genome biology and evolution, 10:(7)1637–1646. LINK
  • Zhang H.-H., Zhou Q.-Z., Wang P.-L., Xiong X.-M., LUCHETTI A., Raoult D., Levasseur A., Santini S., Abergel C., Legendre M., Drezen J.-M., Béliveau C., Cusson M., Jiang S.-H., Bao H.-O., Sun C., Bureau T.E., Cheng P.-F., Han M.-J., Zhang Z., Zhang X.-G., Dai F.-Y. (2018). Unexpected invasion of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements in viral genomes. Mobile DNA, 9: 19. LINK
  • SCICCHITANO V., Dedeine F., Bagnères A.-G., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2018). Genetic diversity and invasion history of the European subterranean termite Reticulitermes urbis (Blattodea, Termitoidae, Rhinotermitidae). Biological Invasions, 20: 33-44.
  • GHISELLI F.*, IANNELLO M.*, PUCCIO G., Chang P.L., PLAZZI F., Nuzhdin S.V.*, PASSAMONTI M*. (2018). Comparative transcriptomics in two bivalve species offers different perspectives on the evolution of sex-biased genes. Genome Biology and Evolution, 10(6):1389–1402. (* equally contributing authors) LINK  DATASET
  • GHISELLI F., Breton S., Milani L. (2018). Mitochondrial activity in gametes and uniparental inheritance: a comment on ‘What can we infer about the origin of sex in early eukaryotes?’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 373:20170147. LINK
  • Capt C., Renaut S., GHISELLI F., Milani L., Johnson N.A., Sietman B., Stewart D.T., Breton S. Deciphering the link between doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA and sex determination in bivalves: clues from comparative transcriptomics. Genome Biology and Evolution, 10(2):577–590. LINK
  • Milani L., Pecci A., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M., Lazzari M., Franceschini V., Maurizii M.G. (2017). Germ cell line during the seasonal sexual rest of clams: finding niches of cells for gonad renewal. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 149(1):105–110. LINK
  • PUNZI E., Milani L., GHISELLI F.*, PASSAMONTI M*. (2018). Lose it or keep it: (how bivalves can provide) insights into mitochondrial inheritance mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 330(1):41–51. (* equally contributing authors) LINK


  • Skibinski DOF, GHISELLI F, Diz AP, Milani L, Mullins JGL. (2017). Structure related differences between cytochrome oxidase I proteins in a stable heteroplasmic mitochondrial system. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(12):3265–3281. LINK
  • GHISELLI F., Milani L., IANNELLO M., PROCOPIO E., Chang P.L., Nuzhdin S.V., PASSAMONTI M. (2017). The complete mitochondrial genome of the grooved carpet shell, Ruditapes decussatus (Bivalvia, Veneridae). PeerJ5 e3692. LINK  DATASET
  • LUCHETTI A., PLAZZI F., MANTOVANI B. (2017). Evolution of two short interspersed elements in Callorhinchus milii (Chondrichthyes, Holocephali) and related elements in sharks and the coelacanth. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(6):1406–1417. LINK
  • POZZI A., PLAZZI F., Milani L., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M. (2017). SmithRNAs: could mitochondria “bend” nuclear regulation? Molecular Biology and Evolution. 34(8):1960–1973. LINK
  • Guerra D., PLAZZI F., Stewart D.T., Bogan A.E., Hoeh W.R., Breton S. (2017). Evolution of sex-dependent mtDNA transmission in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida). Scientific Reports, 7:1551.
  • BONANDIN L., SCAVARIELLO C., Mingazzini V., LUCHETTI A., MANTOVANI B. (2017). Obligatory parthenogenesis and TE load: Bacillus stick insects and the R2 non-LTR retrotransposon. Insect Science 24:409–417.
  • Milani L., Pecci A., GHISELLI F., PASSAMONTI M., Bettini S., Franceschini V., Maurizii MG. (2017). VASA exp