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Professor Davide Pisani

Professor Davide Pisani

Professor Davide Pisani
BSC(Parma), PhD(Bristol)

Professor of Phylogenomics

Area of research

The application of comparative genomics to investigate key problems in organismal evolution.

Office Life Sciences: 114
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41196

Research summary

My research is at the interface of molecular and organismal biology.  I am interested in the application of comparative genomics (including novel genomic markers - e.g. microRNAs) to investigate key problems in organismal evolution.  Currently addressed problems include early animal evolution and the evolution of  sensorial reception (particularly vision) in early animal evolution.  A major driver of this research line is to understand the factors that caused the animals to radiate only during the Cambrian despite their early (Cryogenian) origins.  Further to that I am interested in the evolution of the Ecdysozoa, particularly the Arthropoda, and the process through which ...

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I obtained a degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology) at the University of Parma (Itlay) in 1998, with a thesis discussing the behavioural ecology of the Italian ruin lizard.  In 2002 I obtained a PhD from the University of Bristol (School of Earth Sciences, under the supervision of Prof. Michael Benton and Dr Mark Wilkinson) with a thesis discussing the application of novel phylogenetic methods (including supertree methods) and types of data (molecular data) in Palaeobiology.  In July 2002 I moved to the Pennsylvania State University to pick up a NASA funded postdoctoral research assistantship in the laboratory of S. Blair ...

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