Paolo Uva

Research Interests | Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

During my PhD, I acquired experience in molecular systematics and phylogenetic analysis studying termites of the genus Reticulitermes. This genus includes subterranean termites, whereby their colonies usually consist of galleries constructed below ground level. Reticulitermes taxonomy has been matter of controversies based on morphological and chemical data. Using an integrate approach combining DNA sequences and the chemical composition of cuticular hydrocarbons involved in nestmate recognition, I discussed the taxonomy and speciation of the Reticulitermes genus in Europe. Termites play an important natural role in the breakdown of cellulose in natural environments. However they are highly destructive pests causing extensive damage in urban settings even in Europe. In this context I also supervised a pioneer project to control termite populations in urban areas at a large scale.

Afterwards, I integrated my biological background with a Master degree in Bioinformatics. This was a great opportunity to work in this new exciting field using techniques for storing, handling and exchange the massive amounts of data emerging principally from genomics research.
I'm currently developing a tool for processing large quantities of raw DNA data. This tool allows users to store, retrieve and analyse data automatically. It is used to maintain and annotate EST sequences obtained in a genome sequencing project.

I'm currently interested in analysis of expression data.


Curriculum Vitae

Born on May 14, 1972 in Livorno, Italy.

Development of a web-driven database to manage and automatically annotate thousands of EST sequences (Expressed Sequence Tags)

2002 -2003
Master in Bioinformatics organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in collaboration with the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland

PhD in Life Sciences at the "Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique" Marseilles/Tours, France.
Subject: Phylogenetic relationships of European Reticulitermes termites.

Studies in Biology at the University of Rome, Italy


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