Federico Plazzi


Federico Plazzi is Adjunct Professor of Applied Statistics and Evolutionary Zoology at the University of Bologna since 2015. While coping above all with bivalve molluscs, he also worked and still work on other groups, such as hexapods and bony fishes. His research interests focus on phylogenetics, phylogenomics, and mitogenomics, as well as on the impact of small regulatory elements (like retroposons and small noncoding RNAs) on eukaryotic genomes. To this extent, he also aims to develop statistical and computational methods and tools.


Curriculum Vitae

Federico Plazzi was a graduate student from 2002 to 2007 at the University of Bologna, where he got his Bachelor of Science in 2005, cum laude, with a dissertation entitled “Effects of Alimentary Availability on the Dynamics of Experimental Populations of Aeolosoma viride (Annelida: Aphanoneura)” and his Master Degree in Biodiversity and Evolution in 2007, cum laude, with a dissertation entitled “Molecular phylogeny of bivalve molluscs: the contributions from mitochondrial genes 12s, 16s, cob, coI”. From 2008 to 2010 he was PhD student at the University of Bologna, where he got his PhD title in 2011 with a dissertation entitled “A Molecular Phylogeny of Bivalve Mollusks – Ancient Radiations and Divergences as Revealed by Mitochondrial Genes“.

From 2011 to 2012 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Experimental and Evolutionary Biology. From 2015 Federico is Adjunct Professor in Applied Statistics for the Degree Course in Natural Science and from 2016 he is Adjunct Professor in Evolutionary Zoology for the Degree Course in Biological Science. Moreover, from 2012 Federico is Professor of Natural Sciences in a high school in Bologna (scientific studies).

His main research interests are (i) phylogenetics, phylogenomics, and mitogenomics, with special reference to bivalve molluscs, even if he also worked and still work on orthopteroid insects and bony fishes; (ii) the role of small noncoding RNAs in the regulation of eukaryotic genome, again with special reference to bivalve molluscs and their peculiar mitochondrial genetics. During his research career, Federico worked twice in Yokohama (Japan) as Visiting Fellow at the Okada Lab, Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he worked on the characterization of retroposons from a wide array of bivalve species and their usefulness for phylogenetic studies.

For more informations see the personal webpage at University of Bologna