Professor Davide Pisani

BSC(Parma), PhD(Bristol)

  • BS8 1TQ


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Research interests

My research is at the interface of molecular and organismal biology.  I am interested in the application of comparative genomics (including novel genomic markers - e.g. microRNAs) to investigate key problems in organismal evolution.  Currently addressed problems include early animal evolution and the evolution of  sensorial reception (particularly vision) in early animal evolution.  A major driver of this research line is to understand the factors that caused the animals to radiate only during the Cambrian despite their early (Cryogenian) origins.  Further to that I am interested in the evolution of the Ecdysozoa, particularly the Arthropoda, and the process through which arthropods colonised the land.  Finally, I am extremely interested in early evolution, which underpinned the origin of the major prokaryotic lineages and eukaryogenesis. I am not, however, only interested in comparative genomics; a strong focus of my research group is in the development of novel phylogenetic methods and analytical protocols.  These include  supertree methods, methods to distinguish phylogenetic from non-phylogenetic signals, and approaches to differentiate homologous from homoplastic similarity in morphological data sets.       

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How are visual gene pathways lost and restored during reptile evolution?

Fonseca Simoes, B., Sanders, K., Hunt, D. M., Breen, J., Hutchinson, M., Pisani, D., Chang, B., Teeling, E. C., Ford, M. & Ludington, A.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    • 78 Article (Academic Journal)
    • 4 Chapter in a book
    • 3 Comment/debate (Academic Journal)

    A Cambrian–Ordovician terrestrialization of arachnids

    Lozano-Fernandez, J., Tanner, A., Puttick, M. N., Vinther, J., Edgecombe, GD. & Pisani, D., 11 Mar 2020, In : Frontiers in Genetics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
    55 Downloads (Pure)

    A draft genome sequence of the elusive giant squid, Architeuthis dux

    da Fonseca, R. R., Couto, A., Machado, A. M., Brejova, B., Albertin, C. B., Silva, F., Gardner, P., Baril, T., Hayward, A., Campos, A., Ribeiro, Â. M., Barrio-Hernandez, I., Hoving, H-J., Tafur-Jimenez, R., Chu, C., Frazão, B., Petersen, B., Peñaloza, F., Musacchia, F., Alexander, G. C. & 24 others, Osório, H., Winkelmann, I., Simakov, O., Rasmussen, S., Rahman, M. Z., Pisani, D., Vinther, J., Jarvis, E., Zhang, G., Strugnell, J. M., Castro, L. F. C., Fedrigo, O., Patricio, M., Li, Q., Rocha, S., Antunes, A., Wu, Y., Ma, B., Sanges, R., Vinar, T., Blagoev, B., Sicheritz-Ponten, T., Nielsen, R. & Gilbert, M. T. P., 16 Jan 2020, In : GigaScience. 9, 1, 12 p., giz152.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 56 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 60 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Editorial activity

    BMC Evolutionary Biology (Journal)

    Davide Pisani (Editorial board member)

    21 Oct 2011

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity