Silvia Ghirotto

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My research interests are in population genetics models of evolution to study human population history by Approximate Bayesian Computation techniques for both contemporary and serial sampling. I analyze modern and ancient human DNA data in order to highlight, if any, genealogical relationships between modern and ancient population testing alternative models of evolution. I'm also interested in phylogenetics inference of demographics and evolutionary parameters; in molecular evolution; selection; coalescent theory and stochastic processes.



2009 -             Dottorato di Ricerca in Biologia Evoluzionistica e Ambientale - Curriculum Genetica

2007 - 2008    Laurea Specialistica in Scienze Biomolecolari e Cellulari

2003 - 2006    Laurea in scienze biologiche



  • Belle EM, Benazzo A, Ghirotto S, Colonna V, Barbujani G. 2009. Comparing models on the genealogical relationships among Neandertal, Cro-Magnoid and modern Europeans by serial coalescent simulations. Heredity. 102(3):218-25
  • Guimaraes S, Ghirotto S, Benazzo A, Milani L, Lari M, Pilli E, Pecchioli E, Mallegni F, Lippi B, Bertoldi F, Gelichi S, Casoli A, Belle EM, Caramelli D, Barbujani G, 2009. Genealogical discontinuities among Etruscan, Medieval and contemporary Tuscans. Molecular Biology and Evolution; doi: 10.1093/molbev/msp126
  • Ghirotto S, Mona S, Benazzo A, Paparazzo F, Caramelli D, Barbujani G. Inferring Genealogical Processes from Patterns of Bronze-Age and Modern DNA variation in Sardinia. Mol Biol Evol. 2010 Apr;27(4):875-86.
  • Barbujani G and Ghirotto S. 2010. Origin of the Tuscans. Standard Article in: "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE SCIENCES".
  • Ghirotto S, Tassi F, Benazzo A, Barbujani G. 2011. No evidence of Neandertal admixture in Cro-Magnoid and modern European mitochondrial genomes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21569.
  • Ghirotto S, Penso-Dolfin L and Barbujani G. 2011. Genomic evidence for an African expansion of anatomically-modern humans by a Southern route. Human Biology. 83, 477-489.



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