Dr Fabio Manfredini

Personal profile

Visit my personal webpage: www.fabiomanfredini.com



2014-2016       Marie Curie Fellow (International Incoming Fellowship), School of Biological Sciences - Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Royal Holloway, University of London. Project: “Multi-level analysis of the evolution of cooperative behaviour in social insects”. Advisor: Mark J. F. Brown.

2013-2014   Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological Sciences - Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Royal Holloway, University of London. Project: “Are bumblebees the Extended Phenotype of nematodes? A transcriptomics approach”. Advisor: Mark J. F. Brown.

2013-Mar/Jun  Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Entomology and Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD), Penn State University. Project: “Disruption of reproductive fitness in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta through a RNAi approach”. Advisor: David P. Hughes.

2010-2013       Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Entomology, Penn State University. Project: “Functional Genomics of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta.” Advisor: Christina M. Grozinger. Co-advisor: DeWayne D. Shoemaker.

2009                Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena. Project: “Immunocompetence in paper wasps after parasitization by the Strepsipteran Xenos vesparum”. Advisor: Laura Beani.

Educational background

2005-2009       PhD: Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena. Dissertation title: “Dealing with a changeable environment: host-parasite relationships in insects”. Advisor: Romano Dallai. Co-advisor: Laura Beani.

2007-2008       Visiting Student at the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Project: “Interactions between microbial flora and Plasmodium in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae”. Advisor: George Dimopoulos.

2003-2005       MSc: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution, University of Siena. 110 (out of 110) cum laude. Thesis title: “The peculiar immunity elusion of Xenos vesparum (Insecta: Strepsiptera) as endoparasite inside Polistes dominulus (Insecta: Hymenoptera)”. Advisor: Romano Dallai.

1999-2003       BSc: Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.Thesis title: “Public perception of OGM”. Advisor: Mauro Mandrioli.

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the evolution of complex behaviors and phenotypic plasticity in different contexts such as colony foundation and division of labor in social insects, interactions with parasites and biological invasions. I’m interested in a multidisciplinary perspective, including genomics and molecular, physiological and behavioral approaches. I have mainly used two study models for my research purposes: the fire ant Solenopsis invicta and the paper wasp Polistes dominulus and I have just started working with a third system, the buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris

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