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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 2011 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Maternal relationships within an Iron Age burial at the High Pasture Cave, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Dulias, K., Birch, S., Wilson, J. F., Justeau, P., Gandini, F., Flaquer, A., Soares, P., Richards, M. B., Pala, M. & Edwards, C. J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Archaeological Science. 110, 104978.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations (Scopus)

The genomic history of the Iberian Peninsula over the past 8000 years

Olalde, I., Mallick, S., Patterson, N., Rohland, N., Villalba-Mouco, V., Soares Da Silva, M., Dulias, K., Edwards, C., Gandini, F., Pala, M., Soares, P., Ferrando-Bernal, M., Adamski, N., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Cheronet, O., Culleton, B., Fernandes, D., Lawson, A. M., Mah, M., Oppenheimer, J. & 75 others, Stewardson, K., Zhang, Z., Arenas, J. M. J., Moyano, I. J. T., Salazar-García, D. C., Castanyer, P., Santos, M., Tremoleda, J., Lozano, M., Borja, P. G., Fernández-Eraso, J., Mujika-Alustiza, J. A., Barroso, C., Bermúdez, F. J., Mínguez, E. V., Burch, J., Coromina, N., Vivó, D., Cebrià, A., Fullola, J. M., García-Puchol, O., Morales, J. I., Oms, F. X., Majó, T., Vergès, J. M., Díaz-Carvajal, A., Ollich-Castanyer, I., López-Cachero, F. J., Silva, A. M., Alonso-Fernández, C., de Castro, G. D., Echevarría, J. J., Moreno-Márquez, A., Berlanga, G. P., Ramos-García, P., Muñoz, J. R., Vila, E. V., Arzo, G. A., Arroyo, Á. E., Lillios, K. T., Mack, J., Velasco-Vázquez, J., Waterman, A., de Lugo Enrich, L. B., Sánchez, M. B., Agustí, B., Codina, F., de Prado, G., Estalrrich, A., Flores, Á. F., Finlayson, C., Finlayson, G., Finlayson, S., Giles-Guzmán, F., Rosas, A., González, V. B., Atiénzar, G. G., Pérez, M. S. H., Llanos, A., Marco, Y. C., Beneyto, I. C., López-Serrano, D., McClure, S. B., Pérez, M. M., Foix, A. O., Borràs, M. S., Sousa, A. C., Encinas, J. M. V., Kennett, D. J., Richards, M., Alt, K. W., Haak, W., Pinhasi, R., Lalueza-Fox, C. & Reich, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Science. 363, 6432, p. 1230-1234 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Iron Age
1 Citation (Scopus)

Untangling Neolithic and Bronze Age mitochondrial lineages in South Asia

Silva, M., Justeau, P., Rodrigues, S., Oteo-Garcia, G., Dulias, K., Foody, G., Fichera, A., Yau, B., Rito, T., Wilson, J. F., Gandini, F., Edwards, C. J., Pala, M., Soares, P. A. & Richards, M. B., 3 Jul 2019, In : Annals of Human Biology. 46, 2, p. 140-144 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Central Asia
Gene Pool
14 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
South America
North America
20 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Central Asia
Bronze Age
maternal lineage