General Info

Nardi Francesco - PostDoc


Office/Ufficio: +39 (0)577 234420

Laboratory/Laboratorio: +39 (0)577 234398

Fax: +39 (0)577 234476

Skype: francesco_nardi

Research Interest

- Phylogeography and population genetics of the olive fly and other insects of agricultural importance
- Phylogeography in the Mediterranean
- Mitochondrial genomics, molecular evolution
- Phylogeny of basal Hexapods
- Bioinformatics, phylogenetic methods, dating

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Siena, Nov 28th 1974
1998– Degree in Biology at the University of Siena “Molecular phylogeny of Apterygotan insects (Arthropoda: Insecta)”.
2001 – PhD in Animal Biology (Zoology) at the University of Siena “The mitochondrial genome of  Tetrodontophora bielanensis (Insecta: Collembola): structure and phylogenetic significance.
2000/2001 - Research assistant at the University of California at Berkeley (USA)
2001 and 2005 – Guest researcher at the Joint Genome Institute (USA)
2002 and 2007 – PostDoc (U. Siena)
2003/2006 – “Assegno di ricerca” Post Doctoral fellowship at the Department of Evolutionary Biology (U. Siena) "Genetic variability and control of Bactrocera oleae ”.
2008/2010 – Fixed term research position at the Department of Evolutionary Biology (U. Siena)

SIBE/ISEB – Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica

1999/2000 – Young researchers program, University of Siena: “The mitochondrial genome of Tetrodontophora bielanensis”
2004/2006 - Monte dei Paschi Foundation: “Reproductive biology and population genetics of the olive fly, biological basis for ecocompatibile control strategies” with Prof Romano Dallai
2004/2007 – United States Department of Agricolture NRI grant: “Invasion genetics of the olive fruit fly (Tephritidae)” Co-PI with Prof. George Roderick (UC Berkeley)
2005, 2006, 2008 – Monte dei Paschi Foundation: “Organization of the Master in Bioinformatics” with Prof. Tiezzi
2010 - Linnean Society Systematics Research Fund: “Phylogenetic analysis of Protura using complete mitochondrial genome sequencing”

Referee for:
Gene, Genetica, Genome, Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Insect Molecular Biology, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Bullettin of Entomological Research, Journal of Applied Entomology, Zoological Scripta, Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Canadian Journal of Zoology, National Science Foundation (USA)

DNA lab, phylogenetic analyses, sequence annotation, bioinformatics

Faculty of Sciences, University of Siena
2003/2004 – Entomological Biotechnologies
2004/2005; 2005/2006; 2006/2007 – Molecular Evolution
2005/2006 – Computer science for Biologists

Master level
2004; 2005; 2006 – Grapewine entomology and pathology (part)
2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009 – Introduction to Biology (part)
2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009 – Introduction to Bioinformatics (part)
2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009 – Phylogenetic trees
2004; 2005; 2006 - Genomics (part)
2005 to 2010 – Tutor of the Master in Bionformatics

Selected Publications

(30 in peer reviewed international journals, 2 book chapters)

Nardi F, Carapelli A, Boore JL, Roderick GK, Dallai R, Frati F. Domestication
of olive fly through a multi-regional host shift to cultivated olives:
comparative dating using complete mitochondrial genomes. Mol Phylogenet Evol.
2010 Nov;57(2):678-86. Epub 2010 Aug 17. PubMed PMID: 20723608.

Cicconardi F, Nardi F, Emerson BC, Frati F, Fanciulli PP. Deep phylogeographic
divisions and long-term persistence of forest invertebrates (Hexapoda:
Collembola) in the North-Western Mediterranean basin. Mol Ecol. 2010
Jan;19(2):386-400. Epub 2009 Dec 14. PubMed PMID: 20015142.

Nardi F, Carapelli A, Vontas JG, Dallai R, Roderick GK, Frati F. Geographical
distribution and evolutionary history of organophosphate-resistant Ace alleles in
the olive fly (Bactrocera oleae). Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2006
Jul;36(7):593-602. Epub 2006 May 19. PubMed PMID: 16835025.

Nardi F, Carapelli A, Dallai R, Roderick GK, Frati F. Population structure
and colonization history of the olive fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera,
Tephritidae). Mol Ecol. 2005 Aug;14(9):2729-38. PubMed PMID: 16029474.

Nardi F, Spinsanti G, Boore JL, Carapelli A, Dallai R, Frati F. Hexapod
origins: monophyletic or paraphyletic? Science. 2003 Mar 21;299(5614):1887-9.
PubMed PMID: 12649480.

Nardi F, Carapelli A, Fanciulli PP, Dallai R, Frati F. The complete
mitochondrial DNA sequence of the basal hexapod Tetrodontophora bielanensis:
evidence for heteroplasmy and tRNA translocations. Mol Biol Evol. 2001