Antonio Torroni
Antonio Torroni
affiliation: Università di Pavia
research area(s): Genetics And Genomics
Course: Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology
University/Istitution: Università di Pavia
Antonio Torroni, born in Rome (Italy) in 1961, is Professor of Genetics (since 2000) and Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield (UK). He was Vice-Chancellor for Research of the University of Pavia (2010-2013), President of the Italian Genetics Association - AGI: (2018-2020), Coordinator of the PhD Program in Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology (2011-2020), Coordinator of the PhD program in Genetic and Biomolecular Sciences (2002-2011), Director of the PhD School in Life Sciences "Camillo Golgi" (2006-2011) and one of the three Coordinators of the University of Pavia Strategic Theme "MIGRATions: towards an INterdisciplinary Governance model" (2015-2019). He graduated in Biological Sciences at the Rome University La Sapienza in 1984 and received his PhD in Genetic Sciences (and Molecular Biology) from the University of Pavia in 1988. He was a Postdoctoral fellow (1989) and then Assistant Professor (1990-1994) at the Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta (USA). He taught and carried out research activity as Assistant Professor (Ricercatore) at the Dept. of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Rome University La Sapienza (1994-1998), and as Associate Professor at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, University of Urbino (1998-2000). His research is mainly directed to the study of genetic variation in human and animal populations. He is a leading expert in human mitochondrial DNA variation and his studies have provided important contributions to the definition of the origin, evolution and dispersal process of human populations as well as the role played by "normal" sequence variation of human mitochondrial DNA in some pathologies. He has authored 198 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (see, with more than 19,000 citations and a current ISI h-index of 74. Many of these papers have been published in high impact journals and received great attention from the international scientific community and media.
Prof. Antonio Torroni is a member of the research group "Genetics and Genomics of Human and Animal Populations" of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology (University of Pavia), which aims to reconstruct, based on genetic and genomic data, the evolutionary history and demographic events that have involved present and past human populations (at both micro and macro-geographic levels) and some animals (mainly domestic animals and those living in close contact with our species). Genetic findings can be easily employed also in multidisciplinary studies involving apparently far away scientific and cultural contexts, from forensics to history, archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, education and public health.
Note: The total number of publications in international journals is 194, with over 19,000 citations. The current H-index is 74 (Web of Science).

187) Brandini S, Bergamaschi P, Cerna MF, Gandini F, Bastaroli F, Bertolini E, Cereda C, Ferretti L, Gómez-Carballa A, Battaglia V, Salas A, Semino O, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Torroni A. The Paleo-Indian entry into South America according to mitogenomes. Mol Biol Evol. 35:299-311 (2018).

188) Grugni V, Raveane A, Mattioli F, Battaglia V, Sala C, Toniolo D, Ferretti L, Gardella R, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Torroni A, Passarino G, Semino O. Reconstructing the genetic history of Italians: New insights from a male (Y-chromosome) perspective. Ann Hum Biol. 45:44-56 (2018).

189) Caporali L, Iommarini L, La Morgia C, Olivieri A, Achilli A, Maresca A, Valentino ML, Capristo M, Tagliavini F, Del Dotto V, Zanna C, Liguori R, Barboni P, Carbonelli M, Cocetta V, Montopoli M, Martinuzzi A, Cenacchi G, De Michele G, Testa F, Nesti A, Simonelli F, Porcelli AM, Torroni A, Carelli V. Peculiar combinations of individually non-pathogenic missense mitochondrial DNA variants cause low penetrance Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. PLoS Genet. 14:e1007210 (2018).

190) Strobbe D, Caporali L, Iommarini L, Maresca A, Montopoli M, Martinuzzi A, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Torroni A, Carelli V, Ghelli A. Haplogroup J mitogenomes are the most sensitive to the pesticide rotenone: Relevance for human diseases. Neurobiol Dis. 14:129-139 (2018).

191) Gómez-Carballa A, Pardo-Seco J, Brandini S, Achilli A, Perego UA, Coble MD, Diegoli TM, Álvarez-Iglesias V, Martinón-Torres F, Olivieri A, Torroni A, Salas A. The peopling of South America and the trans-Andean gene flow of the first settlers. Genome Res. 28:767-779 (2018).

192) Achilli A, Olivieri A, Semino O, Torroni A. Ancient human genomes-keys to understanding our past. Science. 360:964-965 (2018).

193) Grugni V, Raveane A, Ongaro L, Battaglia V, Trombetta B, Colombo G, Capodiferro MR, Olivieri A, Achilli A, Perego UA, Motta J, Tribaldos M, Woodward SR, Ferretti L, Cruciani F, Torroni A, Semino O. Analysis of the human Y-chromosome haplogroup Q characterizes ancient population movements in Eurasia and the Americas. BMC Biol. 17:3 (2019).

194) Raveane A, Aneli S, Montinaro F, Athanasiadis G, Barlera S, Birolo G, Boncoraglio G, Di Blasio AM, Di Gaetano C, Pagani L, Parolo S, Paschou P, Piazza A, Stamatoyannopoulos G, Angius A, Brucato N, Cucca F, Hellenthal G, Mulas A, Peyret-Guzzon M, Zoledziewska M, Baali A, Bycroft C, Cherkaoui M, Chiaroni J, Di Cristofaro J, Dina C, Dugoujon JM, Galan P, Giemza J, Kivisild T, Mazieres S, Melhaoui M, Metspalu M, Myers S, Pereira L, Ricaut FX, Brisighelli F, Cardinali I, Grugni V, Lancioni H, Pascali VL, Torroni A, Semino O, Matullo G, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Capelli C. Population structure of modern-day Italians reveals patterns of ancient and archaic ancestries in Southern Europe. Sci Adv. 5(9):eaaw3492 (2019).

195) Ongaro L, Scliar MO, Flores R, Raveane A, Marnetto D, Sarno S, Gnecchi-Ruscone GA, Alarcón-Riquelme ME, Patin E, Wangkumhang P, Hellenthal G, Gonzalez-Santos M, King RJ, Kouvatsi A, Balanovsky O, Balanovska E, Atramentova L, Turdikulova S, Mastana S, Marjanovic D, Mulahasanovic L, Leskovac A, Lima-Costa MF, Pereira AC, Barreto ML, Horta BL, Mabunda N, May CA, Moreno-Estrada A, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Semino O, Tambets K, Kivisild T, Luiselli D, Torroni A, Capelli C, Tarazona-Santos E, Metspalu M, Pagani L, Montinaro F. The genomic impact of European colonization of the Americas. Curr Biol. 29(23):3974-3986.e4 (2019).

196) Grugni V, Raveane A, Colombo G, Nici C, Crobu F, Ongaro L, Battaglia V, Sanna D, Al-Zahery N, Fiorani O, Lisa A, Ferretti L, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Francalacci P, Piazza A, Torroni A, Semino O. Y-chromosome and surname analyses for reconstructing past population structures: the Sardinian population as a test case. Int J Mol Sci. 20(22). pii: E5763 (2019).

197) Modi A, Lancioni H, Cardinali I, Capodiferro MR, Rambaldi Migliore N, Hussein A, Strobl C, Bodner M, Schnaller L, Xavier C, Rizzi E, Bonomi Ponzi L, Vai S, Raveane A, Cavadas B, Semino O, Torroni A, Olivieri A, Lari M, Pereira L, Parson W, Caramelli D, Achilli A. The mitogenome portrait of Umbria in Central Italy as depicted by contemporary inhabitants and pre-Roman remains. Sci Rep. 10(1):10700 (2020).

198) Torroni A, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Semino O. The Human Mitochondrial Genome, from Basic Biology to Disease - Chapter 5 “Haplogroups and the history of human evolution through mtDNA”, pp. 111-129 (2020) ( (2020).
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