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Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma
Senior Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Honorary Fellow, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

2014 Associate Professor, University of Oxford, UK
2001 PhD, Scienze Medico-Forensi, Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, Italy
1996 Degree in Biological Sciences, (110 cum laude) La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

2014-2020 Associate Professor of Human Evolution, Dept. of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
2006-2014 Lecturer in Human Evolution, Dept. of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
2006-2020 Tutorial Fellow and Director of Studies for Human Sciences, St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK
2004-2006 Technical Support Scientist, Genetic Identity Europe, Promega Corporation, Italy
2003-2004 Technician, Institute of Legal Medicine, Universita’ Cattolica, Rome, Italy
2002-2003 Field Force, Abbott Laboratories, Italy
2001-2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Legal Medicine, Università Cattolica, Rome, Italy
2001 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Galton Laboratory, UCL, UK
1999-2000 PhD Visiting student, Galton Laboratory, UCL, London, UK
1998 PhD Visiting Student, Dept. of Zoology, LMU, Munich, Germany

Editorial advisory boards: Journal of Anthropological Sciences (2008-2012); Plos ONE; Investigative Genetics (Section Editor-molecular Anthropology)

2010 International Prize for Physical Anthropology “Fabio Frassetto”, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy

Peer-review for Scientific Journals
Nature, Science, American Journal of Human Genetics, Current Biology, Nature Communication, European Journal of Human Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, PLoS-ONE, South African Archaeological Bulletin, Forensic Sciences International Genetics, Human Genetics.
Peer review for Grant Funding Bodies
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, UK), The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, UK), The Royal Society (UK), The Leverhulme Trust (UK), The Wellcome Trust (UK), The National Research Foundation (NSF, South Africa), The Ministry of University and Research (MIUR, Italy), The Estonian Science Foundation (Estonia, ETF), Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT, Portugal), The Leakey Foundation (USA), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation; Germany), Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council, Sweden).

2008-2009 Royal Society: “Characterisation of linked microsatellites across multiple independent genomic regions and their analysis in human populations from sub-Sahara Africa”
2008-2010 British Academy: “The Greeks in the West: the genetic legacy of the Greek colonisation in South Italy and Sicily”
2008-2010 John Fell Fund: “Genomic analysis in Biological Anthropology: the peopling of Europe”
2009-2010 Wenner-Gren Foundation
“Human Evolutionary Genetics in Southern Africa: Insights from Namibia Populations”
2009-2011 Boise Trust Fund: “The North is not enough: expanding knowledge of Southern Africa Khoisan diversity by examining farmer/forager introgression in Lesotho”
2011-2012 John Fell Fund: “The Bushmen of southern Africa: DNA collection and genetic analysis of Namibian Bushmen”
2015-2017 Leverhulme Trust: “The genetic landscape of southern Africa human populations”
2017-2018 Boise Trust Fund: “Modelling hominin gene-flow along the rift valley: baboon genome variation in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique”.
2019-2020 Boise Trust Fund: ““Modelling hominin population structure in Southern Africa: genome variation in P. ursinus morphotypes”

I have coordinated and been directly involved in several fieldwork expeditions to collect human saliva samples from African populations in Lesotho (2009), Namibia (2011 and 2013) and South Africa (2017 and 2019). More than a thousand samples were collected; data on these samples have been included in several publications. In 2017 and 2019 I was involved in the collection of baboon faecal samples at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, that I’m currently analysing to investigate the genomic variation and evolutionary history of this population.

Undergraduate teaching
University of Parma (2020- )
• Anthropology, Laurea Triennale in Biolog
• Molecular Anthropology, Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Biomolecolari, Genomiche e Cellulari
University of Oxford (2006-2020 )
• Lectures in Genetics and Biology (Biological Sciences and Human Sciences)
• Human Evolutionary Genetics (course convenor; Biological Sciences and Humans Sciences)
• Tutorial teaching (Biological Sciences and Human Sciences)
• Supervision: projects, extended essays, presentations (Biological Sciences)
Graduate teaching
University of Oxford (2006-2020)
• Six Doctoral students supervision, Three Master student supervision
• Seminars (invited): University of Pisa; Universita’ Cattolica di Roma
• Courses (invited): Human Evolutionary Genetics, Universita’ di Pavia (1 week course)
Undergraduate examining
University of Parma
• Anthropology (Laurea Triennale in Biologia); Molecular Anthropology (Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Biomolecolari, Genomiche e Cellulari)
University of Oxford
• Human Sciences: Examiner and assessor for the Human Genetics and Evolution paper
• Biological Sciences: Examiner and Assessor for the Human Evolutionary Genetics paper
• Biological Sciences: Examiner and Assessor for the Quantitive Methods paper
• Member of the board of examiners for the Final Examinations for the Biological Sciences (Examiner: 2016-2017; Deputy Chair: 2017-2018, Chair, 2018-2019)
• PhD thesis examinations
• External examiner: Universitat de Barcelona; University of Cambridge; University College London; Nanyang Technological University; Universidade de Santiago de Compostela; University of Western Cape.
• Internal examiner: University of Oxford.

University of Parma (2020- )
• Gruppo di Riesame, Laurea in Biologia
• Collegio di Dottorato di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze
University of Oxford (2006-2020)
• Director of Studies for Human Sciences, St Hugh’s College (This role requires pastoral and academic supervision of the full 3 years cohort of students reading Human Sciences at St Hugh’s college)
• Admissions Interviews coordinator and interviewer for the Human Sciences course (St Hugh’s college)
• Member of the Biological Sciences Examiners Board
• Member of the Institute of Human Sciences
• Member of panels for the examination of candidates for University academic posts (University Lecturer/Associate Professor)
• Member of the Governing Body of St Hugh’s College (voting member)
• Member of College Committees (Academic, Teaching, Estates, Investment, IT, etc )

I have an h-index of 35 (Google Scholar), with almost 7000 citations; I have 15 papers with more than 100 citations and I have received more than 700 citations per year in the last four years
(Google Scholar, January 2021; For a full list of citations, see: https://scholar.google.se/citations?hl=en&pli=1&user=2zs3huwAAAAJ )
ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9348-9084).
In total, I published more than 70 scientific articles (1999-2020). Of these,
• Four are in Nature & Science;
• Twenty-five papers are in journal covering general Biology and Genetics (Current Biology, Nature Communication, Science Advances, Proceeding of the Royal Society: Biology; Nature Genetics, American Journal of Human Genetics, European Journal of Human Genetics, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Genome Research)
I have contributed to two books (“Neanderthals and Modern-Humans-discussing the Transition”, 2000; “Methods in Molecular Biology”, 2005) and co-edited one (“Population in the Human Sciences”, 2011; with P. Kreager, B. Winney and S. Ulijaszek).
I have also contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences (“Genetics and the Origins of the British Population”, 2008) and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History (“Genetics and Southern African History”, 2018). 

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021


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