Personal profile


I graduated in Biological Science (Bachelor Degree) in 2009, and then in Molecular Biology and Genetics (Master Degree) in 2011, both at the University of Pavia, Italy.

In November 2011 I gained a 3-years national fellowship at the University of Pavia and I started working as PhD student under the supervision of Professor Antonio Torroni.

In May 2014 I was awarded an EMBO Short Term Fellowship (90 days) to visit the Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck Medical University, where I spent 7 months in the Forensic Molecular Biology lab directed by Professor Walther Parson.

In 2014 I was also nominated by the Fondazione Cariplo and subsequently selected by the Scientific Review Panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to participate in the 64th Meeting of Nobel Laureates (29 June–4 July 2014) in Lindau, Germany – dedicated to Physiology and Medicine.

In December 2014, I received my PhD in “Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology” (University of Pavia), dissertation title “Mitogenome variation: a female perspective in human evolution”.

In March 2015, I left the University of Pavia and I was appointed by the University of Huddersfield as a Research Fellow in Archaeogenetics.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Phylogeography 
  • Application of molecular genetic techniques 

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Research Output 2014 2018

1 Citations

The Paleo-Indian Entry into South America According to Mitogenomes

Brandini, S., Bergamaschi, P., Cerna, M. F., Gandini, F., Bastaroli, F., Bertolini, E., Cereda, C., Ferretti, L., Gomez-Carballa, A., Battaglia, V., Salas, A., Semino, O., Achilli, A., Olivieri, A. & Torroni, A. 1 Feb 2018 In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35, 2, p. 299-311 13 p.

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Open Access
South America
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5 Citations

A genetic chronology for the Indian Subcontinent points to heavily sex-biased dispersals

Silva, M., Oliveira, M., Vieira, D., Brandão, A., Rito, T., Pereira, J. B., Fraser, R. M., Hudson, B., Gandini, F., Edwards, C., Pala, M., Koch, J., Wilson, J. F., Pereira, L., Richards, M. B. & Soares, P. 23 Mar 2017 In : BMC evolutionary biology. 17, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

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Mitogenome Diversity in Sardinians: A Genetic Window onto an Island's Past

Olivieri, A. , Sidore, C. , Achilli, A. , Angius, A. , Posth, C. , Furtwängler, A. , Brandini, S. , Capodiferro, M. R. , Gandini, F. , Zoledziewska, M. , Pitzalis, M. , Maschio, A. , Busonero, F. , Lai, L. , Skeates, R. , Gradoli, M. G. , Beckett, J. , Marongiu, M. , Mazzarello, V. , Marongiu, P. & 12 others Rubino, S., Rito, T., Macaulay, V., Semino, O., Pala, M., Abecasis, G. R., Schlessinger, D., Conde-Sousa, E., Soares, P., Richards, M. B., Cucca, F. & Torroni, A. 1 May 2017 In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 34, 5, p. 1230-1239 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations

Origin and spread of human mitochondrial DNA haplogroup U7

Sahakyan, H. , Kashani, B. H. , Tamang, R. , Kushniarevich, A. , Francis, A. , Costa, M. D. , Pathak, A. K. , Khachatryan, Z. , Sharma, I. , Van Oven, M. , Parik, J. , Hovhannisyan, H. , Metspalu, E. , Pennarun, E. , Karmin, M. , Tamm, E. , Tambets, K. , Bahmanimehr, A. , Reisberg, T. , Reidla, M. & 59 others Achilli, A., Olivieri, A., Gandini, F., Perego, U. A., Al-Zahery, N., Houshmand, M., Sanati, M. H., Soares, P., Rai, E., Šarac, J., Šarić, T., Sharma, V., Pereira, L., Fernandes, V., Černý, V., Farjadian, S., Singh, D. P., Azakli, H., Üstek, D., Trofimova, N. E., Kutuev, I., Litvinov, S., Bermisheva, M., Khusnutdinova, E. K., Rai, N., Singh, M., Singh, V. K., Reddy, A. G., Tolk, H. V., Cvjetan, S., Lauc, L. B., Rudan, P., Michalodimitrakis, E. N., Anagnou, N. P., Pappa, K. I., Golubenko, M. V., Orekhov, V., Borinskaya, S. A., Kaldma, K., Schauer, M. A., Simionescu, M., Gusar, V., Grechanina, E., Govindaraj, P., Voevoda, M., Damba, L., Sharma, S., Singh, L., Semino, O., Behar, D. M., Yepiskoposyan, L., Richards, M. B., Metspalu, M., Kivisild, T., Thangaraj, K., Endicott, P., Chaubey, G., Torroni, A. & Villems, R. 7 Apr 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 46044

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
mitochondrial DNA
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Erratum to: Quantifying the legacy of the Chinese Neolithic on the maternal genetic heritage of Taiwan and Island Southeast Asia

Brandão, A., Eng, K. K., Rito, T., Cavadas, B., Bulbeck, D., Gandini, F., Pala, M., Mormina, M., Hudson, B., White, J., Ko, T., Saidin, M., Zafarina, Z., Oppenheimer, S., Richards, M. B., Pereira, L. & Soares, P. 1 May 2016 In : Human Genetics. 135, 5, p. 587

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Southeastern Asia