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 Current Position: Associate Professor of Genetics, SSD BIO/18-Genetica) at the Dept. Biology and Biotechnology “L. Spallanzani”, University of Pavia. Via Ferrata 9, 27100 Pavia, Italy.

E-mail:; Tel: +39 0382-985553; Fax: +39 0382-528496.

Place and DOB: Albano Laziale (Rome, Italy); November 5, 1973. Status: Married with three children.



Jan 23, 2014. National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as Associate Professor of Genetics.

May 13, 2005. Degree in Advanced School of Integrated Formation (S.A.F.I.). Institute for Advanced Study (I.U.S.S.) of Pavia.

Jan 24, 2005. Ph.D. degree in Genetic and Biomolecular Science. University of Pavia.

Jul 11, 2001. "Laurea" (Master's Degree) cum laude in Biological Sciences. University of Perugia.



2016 (Jun)-present. Visiting Scientist at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

2015(Aug)-2015(Nov). Associate Professor of Genetics at the Dept. of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, University of Perugia.

2008-2015(Jul). Ricercatore (Assistant Professor of Genetics) at the University of Perugia.

2004-2007. Post Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Genetics and Microbiology. University of Pavia.

2001-2004. Ph.D. Student of Genetic and Biomolecular Science. University of Pavia.

2001-2004. Graduate Student for the Advanced School of Integrated Formation (SAFI). I.U.S.S. of Pavia.

2000-2001. Undergraduate Internship at the Genetic Lab of the Dept. of Cellular and Environmental Biology. University of Perugia.



2007-2015. Perugia’s University Lecturer for: Molecular Genetics, Genetics and Genetics Engineering (Tot. 90 CFU - 752 h).

2013-2015. Member of the Scientific Board for the PhD program in “Biotechnology”. Univ. of Perugia.

2011-2014. Member of the Scientific Board for the PhD program in “Biology and Ecology”. Univ. of Perugia.

2012-present. Member of the Editorial board of PLoS ONE.

2007-2012. Scientific Consultant for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), Salt Lake City, Utah (USA).

2006-present. Referee for international journals: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Annals of Human Biology, Animal Genetics, Annals of Human Genetics, BMC Genomics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Current Genetics, European Journal of Human Genetics, Journal of Anthropological Sciences, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Mutation Research.

2006-present. Member of the review board for: European Research Council (ERC), Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), National Science Foundation (USA) and Royal Society (UK).

2003-present. Member of the following Professional Societies: American Society of Human Genetics (from 2008); Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology (from 2006); Italian Genetics Association (from 2003).



2008-2011 (7 months). Visiting Scientist at SMGF and University of Utah (USA) to collaborate in different projects on the origin of Native American populations.

2007 (from July to September). Visiting Scientist at SMGF (Utah, USA) to set up a database of ~80.000 mtDNAs and to develop efficient haplogroup prediction tools.

2007 (August). Visiting scientist at Gorgas Institute and Smithsonian Institute di Panama City (Panama) to coordinate the sample collection of ~1.500 Panamanians.


2015-present. Member of the European Project ERC-CoG-2014, No. 648535: “An ARTery of EMPIRE. Conquest, Commerce, Crisis, Culture and the Panamanian Junction, 1513-1671”.

2013-present. Unit Coordinator for the MIUR project PRIN 2012 entitled “Human genetic prehistory: times and modes of geographic and demographic expansions by using highly resolved (calibrated) molecular phylogenies” (cod. 2012JA4BTY_002).

2012-present. Unit Coordinator for the MIUR project FIRB – Futuro in Ricerca 2012 entitled “The genetic history of Italy as traced by genomic analysis of humans and domesticated animals” (cod. RBFR126B8I_002).

2011-2013. Unit Coordinator for the MIUR project PRIN 2009 entitled “The first peopling of the Americas: mitochondrial genome footprints” (cod. 2009P2CNKK_005).

2010-2014. Coordinator for the MIUR project FIRB – Futuro in Ricerca 2008 entitled “The parallel genetic history of humans and domesticated animals” (cod. RBFR08U07M).

2011-2013. Collaborator for the National Geographic Grant 2011: “Horse domestication in the ancient Near East”.

2006-2009. Collaborator for the ACUME 2 European Thematic Network: “Interfacing Sciences, Literature and Humanities”.

2002-2003. Grant Recipient - “Progetto Giovani Ricercatori Bando 2002” (University of Pavia) entitled “Study of Italian populations through phylogenetic and molecular dissection of the mtDNA haplogroup H”



  1. “Città di Ponzano Romano per la Scienza 2007” prize.

2005 and 2004. Advanced School of Integrated Formation S.A.F.I. (I.U.S.S. of Pavia) annual prizes.

  1. Honorable Mention for the Italian Genetics Association (AGI) annual prize.



Dr. Alessandro Achilli’s research activity is mainly dedicated to: (1) the analysis of mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA sequence variation with the aim of better defining origins, evolution and dispersal patterns of human and animal populations; (2) the definition of the role played by the human and animal genome sequence variation in association studies; (3) the application of mtDNA surveys in forensic genetics.



Author and co-author of 80 original articles in international ISI journals (with 12 first and seven last ca-authorships), one book chapter and three non-ISI publications (June 2016). Four of them were selected as cover story articles for the print version of Current Biology and Genome Research. Some of the results have been reported by television and radio broadcasts, such as: History Channel, Discovery News, Rai Uno, Rai Tre (TG-Leonardo), Tef Channel, Radio 24, Il Corriere Della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Repubblica, Le Scienze, L'Unità, Panorama, International Herald Tribune, National Geographic, Telegraph, The New York Times, Times, The Horse.


Scopus (Author ID: 6701652869). Docs: 83; Citations: 4158; H-index: 33.

ISI-Web of Knowledge (ResearcherID: I-9236-2012): Docs: 92; Total citations: 3948; H-index: 32.

Google Scholar: Docs: 115; Total citations: 6180; H-index: 39.

Ranked at pos.82 among the Top Italian Scientists (


  1. Colli L, Lancioni H, Cardinali I, Olivieri A, Capodiferro MR, Pellecchia M, Rzepus M, Zamani W, Naderi S, Gandini F, Vahidi SM, Agha S, Randi E, Battaglia V, Sardina MT, Portolano B, Rezaei HR, Lymberakis P, Boyer F, Coissac E, Pompanon F, Taberlet P, Ajmone Marsan P, Achilli A. Whole mitochondrial genomes unveil the impact of domestication on goat matrilineal variability. BMC Genomics. 16: 1115 (2015) [IF: 3.867]
  1. Achilli A, Perego UA, Lancioni H, Olivieri A, Gandini F, Hooshiar Kashani B, Battaglia V, Grugni V, Angerhofer N, Rogers MP, Herrera RJ, Woodward SR, Labuda D, Smith DG, Cybulski JS, Semino O, Malhi RS, Torroni A. Reconciling migration models to the Americas with the variation of North American native mitogenomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 110: 14308-13 (2013) [IF: 9.809]
  2. Achilli A, Olivieri A, Soares P, Lancioni H, Hooshiar Kashani B, Perego UA, Nergadze SG, Carossa V, Santagostino M, Capomaccio S, Felicetti M, Al-Achkar W, Penedo MC, Verini-Supplizi A, Houshmand M, Woodward SR, Semino O, Silvestrelli M, Giulotto E, Pereira L, Bandelt HJ, Torroni A. Mitochondrial genomes from modern horses reveal the major haplogroups that underwent domestication. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 109: 2449-54 (2012) [IF: 9.737]
  3. Cerezo M, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Perego UA, Gómez-Carballa A, Brisighelli F, Lancioni H, Woodward SR, López-Soto M, Carracedo A, Capelli C, Torroni A, Salas A. Reconstructing ancient mitochondrial DNA links between Africa and Europe. Genome Res. 22: 821-6 (2012) [IF: 14.397] (Cover story article)
  4. Perego UA, Lancioni H, Tribaldos M, Angerhofer N, Ekins JE, Olivieri A, Woodward SR, Pascale JM, Cooke R, Motta J, Achilli A. Decrypting the mitochondrial gene pool of modern Panamanians. PLoS ONE. 7: e38337 (2012) [IF: 3.730]
  5. Perego UA, Angerhofer N, Pala M, Olivieri A, Lancioni H, Hooshiar Kashani B, Carossa V, Ekins JE, Gómez-Carballa A, Huber G, Zimmermann B, Corach D, Babudri N, Panara F, Myres NM, Parson W, Semino O, Salas A, Woodward SR, Achilli A*, Torroni A*. The initial peopling of the Americas: a growing number of founding mitochondrial genomes from Beringia. Genome Res. 20: 1174-9 (2010) [IF: 13.588] (Cover story article) *These authors contributed equally to this work
  6. Perego UA*, Achilli A*, Angerhofer N, Accetturo M, Pala M, Olivieri A, Hooshiar Kashani B, Ritchie KH, Scozzari R, Kong QP, Myres NM, Salas A, Semino O, Bandelt HJ, Woodward SR, Torroni A. Distinctive Paleo-Indian migration routes from Beringia marked by two rare mtDNA haplogroups. Curr Biol. 19: 1-8 (2009) [IF: 10.992] (Cover story article) *These authors contributed equally to this work
  7. Achilli A*, Olivieri A*, Pellecchia M, Uboldi C, Colli L, Al-Zahery N, Accetturo M, Pala M, Hooshiar Kashani B, Perego UA, Battaglia V, Fornarino S, Kalamati J, Houshmand M, Negrini R, Semino O, Richards M, Macaulay V, Ferretti L, Bandelt HJ, Ajmone-Marsan P, Torroni A. Mitochondrial genomes of extinct aurochs survive in domestic cattle. Curr Biol. 18: R157-8 (2008) [IF: 10.777] (Cover story article) *These authors contributed equally to this work
  8. Achilli A, Olivieri A, Pala M, Metspalu E, Fornarino S, Battaglia V, Accetturo M, Kutuev I, Khusnutdinova E, Pennarun E, Cerutti N, Di Gaetano C, Crobu F, Palli D, Matullo G, Santachiara-Benerecetti AS, Cavalli-Sforza LL, Semino O, Villems R, Bandelt HJ, Piazza A, Torroni A. Mitochondrial DNA variation of modern Tuscans supports the Near Eastern origin of Etruscans. Am J Hum Genet. 80: 759-68 (2007) [IF: 11.092]
  9. Carelli V, Achilli A, Valentino ML, Rengo C, Semino O, Pala M, Olivieri A, Mattiazzi M, Pallotti F, Carrara F, Zeviani M, Leuzzi V, Carducci C, Valle G, Simionati B, Mendieta L, Salomao S, Belfort R Jr, Sadun AA, Torroni A. Haplogroup effects and recombination of mtDNA: novel clues from the analysis of LHON pedigrees. Am J Hum Genet. 78: 564-74 (2006) [IF: 12.629]
Tematiche di Ricerca

Genomics of Human and Animal Populations

Human and animal genome sequence variation in association studies.

An interdisciplinary approach to reconstruct the human history

Parole Chiave

DNA variability

Population Genetics

Molecular Phylogenetics


Association studies