Francesco FRATI

Francesco Frati
Biosketch and CV

Full Professor in Zoology
Rector of the University of Siena.
Bachelor in Biology (1988) and PhD in Animal Biology (1992) at the University of Siena.
Visiting Fellow at the Dpt. Cell Biology & Anatomy, Cornell Medical College (1990-91), and post-doctoral fellow at the Dpt. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut (1992).
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences (2007-10); Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Biology (2003-2009); Chair of the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program in Evolutionary Biology (2010-2011); Member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Zoological Society (2007-11).Member of the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences.
Member of the National Academy of Entomology.
Associate Editor of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Member of the Editorial Board of Pedobiologia and Entomologia.

Research Interests

Systematics, phylogeny and evolution of basal hexapods

Population genetics and phylogeography of Collembola

Molecular evolution of the mitochondrial genome

Origin and evolution of Antarctic Collembola

Traceability of food product by molecular identification

Teaching Activities

Evolutionary Biology (bachelor program in Biology)
Animal Biology (master program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology)

Selected Publications
  1. Nardi F., Frati F., Liò P. (2016) Animal inference on human mitochondrial diseases. Computational Biology and Chemistry: in press.
  2. Tanganelli V., Fanciulli P.P., Nardi F., Frati F. (2014) Molecular phylogenetic analysis of a novel strain from Neelipleona enriches Wolbachia diversity in soil biota. Pedobiologia, 57: 15-20.
  3. Convey P., Chown S.L., Clarke A., Barnes D.K.A., Bokhorst S., Cummings V., Ducklow H.W., Frati F., Green T.G., Gordon S., Griffiths H.J., Howard-Williams C., Huiskes A.H.L., Laybourn-Parry J., Berry Lyons W., McMinn A., Morley S.A., Pek L.S., Quesada A., Robinson S.A., Schiapparelli S., Wall D.H. (2014) The spatial structure of Antarctic biodiversity. Ecological Monographs, 84: 203-244.
  4. Carapelli A., Convey P. Nardi F., Frati F. (2014) The mitochondrial genome of the antarctic springtail Folsomotoma octooculata (Hexapoda; Collembola), and an update on the phylogeny of collembolan lineages based on mitogenomic data. Entomologia: 2: 190.
  5. Nardi F., Liò P., Carapelli A., Frati F. (2014) MtPAN3: site-class specific amino acid replacement matrices for mitochondrial proteins of Pancrustacea and Collembola. Mol. Phylog. Evol., 75: 239-244.
  6. Carapelli A., Torricelli G., Nardi F., Frati F. (2013) The complete mitochondrial genome of the Antarctic sea spider Ammothea carolinensis (Chelicerata; Pycnogonida). Polar Biology, 36: 593-602.
  7. Nardi F., Carapelli A., Frati F. (2012) Internal consistency as a method to assess the quality of dating estimates using multiple markers. Mol. Phylog. Evol., 62: 874-879.
  8. Nardi F., Carapelli A., Frati F. (2012) Repeated regions in mitochondrial genomes: distribution, origin and evolutionary significance. Mitochondrion, 12: 483-491.
  9. Stroscio S., Baviera C., Frati F. Lo Paro G., Nardi F. (2011) Deep genetic divergence in the darkling beetle Pimelia Fabricius, 1775 (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae) reflects plio-pleistocene paleogeographic history of Sicily. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 49: 196-203.
  10. Stroscio S., Baviera C., Frati F. Lo Paro G., Nardi F. (2011) Colonization of the Aeolian Archipelago by Pimelia rugulosa rugulosa Germar, 1824: geological and environmental relations. Biol. J. Linnean Soc., 104: 29-37.