Francesca Tassi

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Curriculum Vitae esteso english (pdf)



  • Testing alternative models of genealogical relationships between modern and ancient population
  • Coalescent theory and stochastic processes
  • Approximate Bayesian Computation techniques



  • 2015-present: European Research Council fellowship, University of Ferrara. “Meeting Darwin's last challenge: toward a global tree of human languages and genes (LANGELIN)”.
  • 2012-2014: Ph.D student in Evolutionary Biology, University of Ferrara (Supervisor: Prof. Guido Barbujani. Thesis: Genome-based multidisciplinary approaches to the reconstruction of human demographic history.)
  • 2010-2011: Research fellowship at the Department of Biology and Evolution, University of Ferrara, “The impact of biotechnological innovation of individual rights. An interdisciplinary study”.

  • 2010: Master Degree in BioMolecular Science at University of Ferrara, with final mark 110/110 cum laude. (Supervisor: Prof. Guido Barbujani. Thesis (in Italian): Studio delle relazioni genetiche fra Neandertaliani, Cro-Magnon ed Europei moderni.)
  • 2007:Degree in Biological Science at University of Ferrara, with final mark 110/110 cum laude. (Supervisor: Prof. Guido Barbujani. Thesis (in Italian): Polimorfismi STR X linked: rilevazione delle frequenze alleliche in un campione di popolazione ferrarese.)



  • Kampuansai J, Kutanan W., Tassi F, Kaewgahya M, Ghirotto S., Kangwanpong D.  Effect of migration patterns on maternal genetic structure: a case of Tai–Kadai migration from China to Thailand. Journal of Human Genetics. 2016
  • Ghirotto S*, Tassi F *, Barbujani G, Pattini L, Hayward C, Vollenweider P, Bochud M, Rampoldi L, and Devuyst O. The Uromodulin Gene Locus Shows Evidence of Pathogen Adaptation through Human Evolution. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2016
  • Tassi F.*, Ghirotto S.*, Mezzavilla M., Torres Vilaça S., De Santi L., and Barbujani G. Early modern human dispersal from Africa: genomic evidence for multiple waves of migration. Investig Genet. 2015;6:13.
  • Longobardi G., Ghirotto S., Guardiano C., Tassi F., Benazzo A., and Barbujani G. 2014. Across language families: Genome diversity mirrors linguistic variation within Europe. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015;157(4):630-40.
  • Vai S.*, Ghirotto S.*, Pilli E., Tassi F., Lari M., Rizzi E., Lalueza-Fox C., Matas-Lalueza L., Ramirez O., Achilli A., Olivieri A., Torroni A., Giostra G., Bedini E., Pejrani Baricco L., Piazza A., Veeramah K., Geary P., Caramelli D., and Barbujani G.. 2015. Genealogical relationships between early medieval and modern inhabitants of Piedmont. PLoS One. 2015;10(1):e0116801.
  • Barbujani G., Ghirotto S., Tassi F. 2013. Nine things to remember about human genome diversity. Tissue Antigens. 2013;82(3):155-64.
  • Tassi F., Ghirotto S., Caramelli D. and Barbujani G. 2013. Genetic evidence does not support an Etruscan origin in Anatolia. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2013;152(1):11-8.
  • Ghirotto S., Tassi F., Fumagalli E., Colonna V., Sandionigi A., Lari M., Vai S., Petiti M., Corti G., Rizzi E., De Bellis G., Caramelli D. and Barbujani G. 2013. Origins and evolution of the Etruscans' mtDNA. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e55519.
  • Barbujani G. And Tassi F., 2011. Genetic data in forensic science: Use, misuse and abuse. In Biotech innovation and fundamental rights, (Bin R., Lorenzon S., Lucchi N., eds.), pp. 243-259. Berlin: Springer.
  • Ghirotto S., Tassi F., Benazzo A., Barbujani G., 2011. No evidence of Neandertal admixture in the mitochondrial genomes of early European modern humans and contemporary Europeans. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2011;146(2):242-52.
  • Fabbri M., Gaudio R. M., Tarantino S., Venturi M., Tassi F., Avato F. M., 2010 Population study of X-STRs in an Italian population sample.Minerva Medico legale. 130:139-44

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