GOVERNANCE BOARD / RESEARCHER
Francisco Perfectti is a Professor of Genetics at the University of Granada. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Granada in 1995 with a Ph.D. thesis on the characterization of the genetic resources of Annona cherimola. In 1995 he moved to the Department of Biology of the University of Rochester (NY, USA) for a postdoctoral stay with Dr. Jack Werren, working on the genetics of speciation in parasitic wasps of the genus Nasonia. He returned as Associate Professor to the University of Granada during the 1997/98 academic year. He was a visiting professor at the University of California - Berkeley during the academic year 2016/17.
As an evolutionary geneticist, he has developed several lines of interdisciplinary research, including both genomic and ecological aspects, such as the coevolutionary dynamics of parasite chromosomes, the evolution of repeated DNA, the speciation process, the coevolution between pollinators and plants, and the developmental noise. He is also interested in the role of individual-based networks in population dynamics and evolution. He has participated in 20 public-funded research projects, and his more recent scientific project analyses the genetics of the phenotypic plasticity in the plant genus Moricandia. His research work has resulted in >90 contributions to scientific meetings and close to a hundred scientific papers, the vast majority of which have been published in SCI-indexed international journals, such as Nature, Evolution, Genetics, Heredity, Proceedings of The Royal Society, Chromosoma, Ecology Letters, The American Naturalist, Philosophical Transactions, PLoS ONE, Oikos, Annals of Botany, New Phytologist, Molecular
F. Perfectti teaches Evolutionary Biology at the undergraduate level as well as several postgraduate courses in the Master in Genetics and Evolution, such as Phylogeography and Molecular Phylogeny, and Creativity, Rigor, and Communication in Science. He has participated in 12 Teaching Innovation Projects, two of them awarded, and in several Tutorial Action Plans. He has been recognized with
the UGR award for scientific excellence. He has supervised six Ph.D. students. He is a member of
The Society for the Study of Evolution, the Spanish Society of Genetics, and a founding member
of the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology. He is also a member of the editorial board of