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Benazzo_photoDr. Andrea Benazzo is a research technician at the University of Ferrara, Italy. His main research interest is in the use of genomic data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of organisms, focusing on past demography and adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Dr. Benazzo is also interested in developing bioinformatic tools for analysis of genomic data. During his time at the Center, he processed human next generation sequencing data with updated pipelines in order to make them suitable to different kind of population genetics analysis. In particular, he applied recently developed computational methods to infer population structure, admixture, and migrations, as well as investigate how these processes acted together to shape the observed pattern of genetic variation at a whole genomic scale.

2016 - 2017Bioinformatics and biostatistics course (6 Italian CFU) for Master students in Biology
2011 - 2012Tutor for Biostatistics course Bachelor students (University of Ferrara)
2012 - 2016Advanced Biostatistics course (6 Italian CFU) for Master students in Biology
2011 - 2012Teaching support for the Biostatistics course (University of Ferrara)
2010 - 2011Tutor for Biometry course Bachelor students (University of Ferrara)
2009 - 2010Tutor for Biometry course Bachelor students (University of Ferrara)
2009 - 2010Teaching support for the laboratory of Biometry course (University of Ferrara)
2008 - 2009Teaching support for the laboratory of Biometry course (University of Ferrara)
2007 - 2008Tutor for Biometry course Bachelor students (University of Ferrara)
2013 - presentBioinformatic technician in the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at University of Ferrara.
2012Research fellow at University of Ferrara
2011Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, University of Ferrara
2008Master Degree in BioMolecular Science at University of Ferrara
2006Degree in Biological Science at University of Ferrara
2016Cristofari R., Bertorelle G, Ancel A, Benazzo A, Le Maho Y, Ponganis P.J, Stenseth N.C, Trathan P.N, Whittington J.D, Zanetti E, Zitterbart D.P, Le Bohec C , Trucchi E (2016). Full circumpolar migration ensures evolutionary unity in the Emperor penguin. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11842
Cesare de Filippo, Felix M. Key, Silvia Ghirotto, Andrea Benazzo, Juan R. Meneu, Antje Weihmann, NISC Comparative Sequence Program, Genís Parra, Eric D. Green, Aida M. Andrés (2016). Recent selective pressure changes in human genes previously under balancing selection. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33(6):1435-47 DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msw023
Cornetti L, Benazzo A, Hoban S, Vernesi C, Bertorelle G (2016). Ancient, but not recent, population declines have had a genetic impact on alpine yellow-bellied toad populations, suggesting potential for complete recovery. Conservation Genetics 17: 727 DOI: 10.1007/s10592-016-0818-5
2015Stefania Vai, Sibelle Torres Vilaça, Matteo Romandini, Andrea Benazzo, Paola Visentini, Marta Modolo, Marco Bertolini, Peggy MacQueen, Jeremy Austin, Alan Cooper, David Caramelli, Martina Lari, Giorgio Bertorelle (2015). The Biarzo case in northern Italy: Is the temporal dynamic of swine mitochondrial DNA lineages in Europe related to domestication?. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep16514
Benazzo A, Ghirotto S, Torres VS, Hoban S (2015). Using ABC and microsatellite data to detect multiple introductions of invasive species from a single source. Heredity 115, 262–272, DOI:10.1038/hdy.2015.38
Longobardi G, Ghirotto S, Guardiano C, Tassi F, Benazzo A, Ceolin A, Barbujani G (2015). Across language families: Genome diversity mirrors linguistic variation within Europe. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 157(4):630-40, DOI:10.1002/ajpa.22758
2014Chiara Batini, Pille Hallast, Daniel Zadik, Pierpaolo Maisano Delser, Andrea Benazzo, Silvia Ghirotto, Eduardo Arroyo-Pardo, Gianpiero L. Cavalleri, Peter de Knijff, Berit Myhre Dupuy, Heidi Eriksen, Turi E. King, Adolfo López de Munain, Ana M. López-Parra, Aphrodite Loutradis, Jelena Milasin, Andrea Novelletto, Horolma Pamjav, Antti Sajantila, Aslıhan Tolun, Bruce Winney, Mark A. Jobling (2014). Large-scale recent expansion of European patrilineages shown by population resequencing. Nature Communications, 6:7152 DOI:10.1038/ncomms8152
Benazzo A, Panziera A, Bertorelle G (2014). 4P: Fast computing of population genetics statistics from large DNA polymorphism panels. Ecology and Evolution. 5(1):172-5 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1261
Marilia O Scliar, Mateus H Gouveia, Andrea Benazzo, Silvia Ghirotto, Nelson J Fagundes, Thiago P Leal, Wagner CS Magalhães, Latife Pereira, Maira R Rodrigues, Giordano Soares-Souza, Lilia Cabrera, Douglas E Berg, Robert H Gilman, Giorgio Bertorelle and Eduardo Tarazona-Santos (2014). Bayesian inferences suggest that Amazon Yunga natives diverged from Andeans less than 5000 ybp: implications for South American prehistory. BMC Evolutionary Biology.14(1):174, DOI: 10.1186/s12862-014-0174-3
Bellucci E, Bitocchi E, Ferrarini A, Benazzo A, Biagetti E, Klie S, Minio A, Rau D, Rodriguez M, Panziera A, Venturini L, Attene G, Albertini E, Jackson SA, Nanni L, Fernie AR, Nikoloski Z, Bertorelle G, Delledonne M, Papa R (2014). Decreased nucleotide and expression diversity and modified coexpression patterns characterize domestication in the common bean. Plant Cell. 26(5):1901-1912, DOI: 10.1534/genetics.113.160531
2013Hoban SM, Mezzavilla M, Gaggiotti OE, Benazzo A, van Oosterhout C, Bertorelle G. (2013). High variance in reproductive success generates a false signature of a genetic bottleneck in populations of constant size: a simulation study. BMC Bioinformatics. 14:309. DOI:10.1186/1471-2105-14-309.
Antigone S. Dimas, Vasiliki Lagou, Adam Barker, Joshua W. Knowles, Reedik Mägi, Marie- France Hivert, Andrea Benazzo, Denis Rybin, Anne U. Jackson, Heather M. Stringham, Ci Song, Antje Fischer-Rosinsky, Trine Welløv Boesgaard, Niels Grarup, Fahim A. Abbasi, Themistocles L. Assimes, Ke Hao, Xia Yang, Cécile Lecoeur, Inês Barroso, Lori L. Bonnycastle, Yvonne Böttcher, Suzannah Bumpstead, Peter S. Chines, Michael R. Erdos, Jurgen Graessler, Peter Kovacs, Mario A. Morken, Narisu Narisu, Felicity Payne, Alena Stancakova, Amy J. Swift, Anke Tönjes, Stefan R. Bornstein, Stéphane Cauchi, Philippe Froguel, David Meyre, Peter EH. Schwarz, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Ulf Smith, Michael Boehnke, Richard N. Bergman, Francis S. Collins, Karen L. Mohlke, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Thomas Quertemous, Lars Lind, Torben Hansen, Oluf Pedersen, Mark Walker, Andreas FH. Pfeiffer, Joachim Spranger, Michael Stumvoll, James B. Meigs, Nicholas J. Wareham, Johanna Kuusisto, Markku Laakso, Claudia Langenberg, Josée Dupuis, Richard M. Watanabe, Jose C. Florez, Erik Ingelsson, Mark I. McCarthy, Inga Prokopenko on behalf of the MAGIC investigators (2013). Impact of type 2 diabetes susceptibility variants on quantitative glycemic traits reveals mechanistic heterogeneity. Diabetes. 63(6):2158-71 DOI: 10.2337/db13-0949
Marino IAM , Benazzo A, Agostini C, Mezzavilla M, Hoban SM, Patarnello T, Zane L, Bertorelle G (2013). Evidence for past and present hybridization in three Antarctic icefish species provides new perspectives on an evolutionary radiation. Molecular Ecology. 22(20):5148-61. DOI:10.1111/mec
2011Ghirotto S, Tassi F, Benazzo A, Barbujani G (2011). No evidence of Neandertal admixture in Cro-Magnoid and modern European mitochondrial genomes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146(2):242-52, Link
2010Bertorelle G, Benazzo A, Mona S (2010). ABC as a flexible framework to estimate demography over space and time: some cons, many pros. Molecular Ecology. 19(13):2609-25. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-14-309
Ghirotto S, Mona S, Benazzo A, Paparazzo F, Caramelli D, Barbujani G. (2010) Inferring Genealogical Processes from Patterns of Bronze-Age and Modern DNA variation in Sardinia. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27(4):875-86. DOI:10.1093/molbev/msp292
2009Guimaraes S, Ghirotto , Benazzo A, Milani L, Lari M, Pilli E, Pecchioli E, Mallegni F, Lippi B, Bertoldi F,Gelichi S, Casoli A, Belle EM, Caramelli D, Barbujani G. (2009) Genealogical discontinuities among Etruscan, Medieval and contemporary Tuscans. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 26(9):2157-66. DOI:10.1093/molbev/msp126
Belle EM, Benazzo A, Ghirotto S, Colonna V, Barbujani G. (2009). Comparing models on the genealogical relationships among Neandertal, Cro-Magnoid and modern Europeans by serial coalescent simulations. Heredity. 102(3):218-25. DOI:10.1038/hdy.2008.103

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