Hovirag Lancioni

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Hovirag Lancioni, Ph.D.

Unit: Population genetics and molecular evolution

Research Group in Bio-Molecular Diversity & Evolutionary Biology


Current Position: Three-year researcher (SSD BIO/18-Genetica) at the Dept. of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, University of Perugia. Via Elce di Sotto, 06123 Perugia, Italy.

E-mail: hovirag.lancioni@unipg.it; Tel: +39 075-5855747/52.

Place and DOB: Assisi (PG, Italy); January 21, 1976. Status: Married with two children.





2005: Ph.D. degree in “Biology and Ecology”, dissertation title: “Human satellite cell proliferation, differentiation and biomolecular characterization during elderly”.

2001: Qualifying examination to practise the profession of Biologist.

2000: "Laurea" (Master's Degree) cum laude in Biological Sciences. University of Perugia, thesis dissertation in embryology and histology.


    October 2013 – present: Three-year researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology,  University  of Perugia.


September 2010 – August 2013: Postdoctoral scholar Department of Cellular and Environmental Biology, University of Perugia, Supervisor: dr. Alessandro Achilli

July 2010 – September 2010: contract with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Piacenza)

Luglio 2008: stage at the Molecular, Anthropology and Paleogenetic Laboratory, supervisor prof. David Caramelli (Department of Evolutionary Biology, Università of Florence)

November 2007 – March 2010: Postdoctoral scholar Department of Cellular and Environmental Biology, University of Perugia, Supervisor: prof. Fausto Panara

2006: Post doctoral fellowship, Dept. of Cellular and Environmental Biology, University of Perugia

2006: contract with the Department of Cellular and Environmental Biology, University of Perugia

2005: annual fellowship, Department of Cellular and Environmental Biology, University of Perugia

2001-2005: collaboration with the Cellular Physiology Laboratory, University of Chieti.

2001-2004: Ph.D. fellowship in “Biology and Ecology”, Department of Cellular and Environmental Biology, University
of Perugia, Supervisor: prof. Fausto Panara.

August – September 2003: stage at prof. Clara Franzini-Armstrong’s laboratory, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania (USA).

2001: fellowship, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Pediatrics (University of Perugia).


2011 – present: Teacher assistant in Genetics, program in Biological Science, University of Perugia.
Supervisors: dr. Alessandro Achilli.

2010 – present: Teacher assistant in Genetics, program in Biotechnology, University of Perugia.
Supervisors: dr. Alessandro Achilli.

2010 – present: “Cultore della Materia” (Expert) in Genetics and Molecular Genetics at the University of Perugia.

2001– present: “Cultore della Materia” (Expert) in Developmental Biology, Cellular Biology and Anthropology
at the University of Perugia.

2000-2001 Academic year: tutor in Cytology and Histology, program in Biological Science, University of Perugia.

2000-2001 Academic year: tutor in Sperimental Biology Laboratory I and II, program in Biotechnology, University of Perugia.


Her research activity mainly focuses on:   1) the characterization and expression analysis of proteins during embryogenesis, myogenesis and immunoreaction.   2) production, molecular characterization and clinic employment of recombinant allergens.  3) the use of molecular markers (SSRs, AFLPs, SNPs) for the analysis of intraspecific biodiversity.  4) the analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence variation in order to shed light on human and animal origin, evolution and dispersal routes.

She authored and co-authored 23 papers on international high impact-factor journals.
She also authored and co-authored 48 conference proceedings submitted to national and international

 ISI PUBLICATIONS (IF= Impact Factor 2013)

1.       Lancioni H, Di Lorenzo P, Cardinali I, Ceccobelli S, Capodiferro MR, Fichera A, Grugni V, Semino O, Ferretti L, Gruppetta A, Attard G,  Achilli A, Lasagna E (2016) Survey of uniparental genetic markers in the Maltese Cattle breed reveals a significant founder effect, but does not indicate local domestication. Animal Genetics doi: 10.1111/age.12408. [Epub ahead of print] [IF: 2.210].

3.Colli L*, Lancioni H*, Cardinali I, Olivier A, Capodiferro MR, Pellecchia M, Rzepus M, Zamani W, Naderi S, Gandini S, Farhad Vahidi SM, Agha S, Randi E, Sardina MT, Portolano B, Rezaei HR, Lymberakis P, Boyer F, Coissac E, Pompanon F, Taberlet P, Ajmone Marsan P and Achilli A (2015) Whole Mitochondrial Genomes Unveil the Impact of Domestication on Goat Matrilineal Variability. BMC Genomics 16(1):1115. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2342-2 *These authors contributed equally to this work [IF: 4.041].

4.Grugni V, Battaglia V, Perego UA, Raveane A, Lancioni H, Olivieri A, Ferretti L, Woodward SR, Pascale JM, Cooke R, Myres N, Motta J, Torroni A, Achilli A, Semino O (2015) Exploring the Y chromosomal ancestry of modern Panamanians. PLoS ONE 4;10(12):e0144223. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144223. eCollection 2015 [IF: 3.534].

5.Olivieri A, Gandini F, Achilli A, Fichera A, Rizzi E, Bonfiglio S, Battaglia V, Brandini S, De Gaetano A, El-Beltagi A, Lancioni H, Agha S, Semino O, Ferretti L, Torroni A (2015).  Mitogenomes from Egyptian Cattle Breeds: New Clues on the Origin of Haplogroup Q and the Early Spread of Bos taurus from the Near East. PLoS One. 10(10):e0141170. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141170. eCollection 2015 [IF: 3.534].

6.Ceccobelli S, Di Lorenzo P, Lancioni H, Monteagudo Ibáñez LV, Tejedor MT, Castellini C, Landi V, Martínez Martínez A, Delgado Bermejo JV, Vega Pla JL, Leon Jurado JM, García N, Attard G, Grimal A, Stojanovic S, Kume K, Panella F, Weigend S, Lasagna E (2015) Genetic diversity and phylogeographic structure of sixteen Mediterranean chicken breeds assessed with microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA. Livestock Science 175:27-36 [IF: 1.100].

7.Vai S, Ghirotto S, Pilli E, Tassi F, Lari M, Rizzi E, Matas-Lalueza L, Ramirez O, Lalueza-Fox C, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Torroni A, Lancioni H, Giostra C, Bedini E, Baricco LP, Matullo G, Di Gaetano C, Piazza A, Veeramah K, Geary P, Caramelli D, Barbujani G. (2015) Genealogical Relationships between Early Medieval and Modern Inhabitants of Piedmont. PLoS ONE 30;10(1):e0116801 [IF: 3.534]. 

8.Ajmone-Marsan P, Colli L, Han JL, Achilli A, Lancioni H., Joost S, Crepaldi P, Pilla F, Stella A, Taberlet P, Boettcher P, Negrini R, Lenstra JA, Italian Goat Consortium, Econogene Consortium, Econogene Consortium Globaldiv Consortium, Globaldiv Consortium (2014) The characterization of goat genetic diversity: Towards a genomic approach. Small Ruminant Research 121:58-72 [IF: 1.099].

9.Ceccobelli S, Di Lorenzo P, Lancioni H, Castellini C, Monteagudo Ibáñez LV, Sabbioni A, Maria Sarti F, Weigend S, Lasagna E (2013). Phylogeny, genetic relationships and population structure of five Italian local chicken breeds. Italian Journal of Animal Science 12(3):e66 [IF: 0.604].

10.Lancioni H, Di Lorenzo P, Ceccobelli S, Perego UA, Miglio A, Landi V, Antognoni MT, Sarti FM, Lasagna E, Achilli A (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of three italian merino-derived sheep breeds evaluated through a complete mitogenome analysis. PLoS ONE, 8(9):e73712 [IF: 3.534].

11.Achilli A, Perego UA, Lancioni H, Olivieri A, Gandini F, Hooshiar Kashani B, Battaglia V, Grugni V, Angerhofer N, Rogers MP, Herrera RJ, Woodward SR, Labuda D, Smith DG, Cybulski JS, Semino O, Malhi RS, Torroni A (2013). Reconciling migration models to the Americas with the variation of North American native mitogenomes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110(35):14308-14313 [IF: 9.809].

12.Pilli E, Modi A, Serpico C, Achilli A, Lancioni H, Lippi B, Bertoldi F, Gelichi S, Lari M, Caramelli D (2013) Monitoring DNA Contamination in Handled vs. Directly Excavated Ancient Human Skeletal Remains. PLoS ONE 8(1):e52524 [IF: 3.534].

13.Perego UA*, Lancioni H*, Tribaldos M*, Angerhofer N, Ekins JE, Olivieri A, Woodward SR, Pascale JM, Cooke R, Motta J, Achilli A (2012). Decrypting the mitochondrial gene pool of modern Panamanians. PLoS ONE 7(6):e38337. [IF: 3.534]. *These authors contributed equally to this work

14.Marconi G, Albertini E, Mari A, Palazzo P, Porceddu A, Raggi L, Bolis L, Lancioni H, Palomba A, Lucentini L, Lanfaloni L, Marcucci F, Falcinelli M, Panara F (2012). In planta expression of a mature Der p 1 allergen isolated from an Italian strain of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. Transgenic Research 21(3):523-35. doi: 10.1007/s11248-011-9551-5. Epub 2011 Sep 9 [IF: 2.281].

15.Bodner M, Perego UA, Huber G, Fendt L, Röck AW, Zimmermann B, Olivieri A, Gómez-Carballa A, Lancioni H, Angerhofer N, Bobillo MC, Corach D, Woodward SR, Salas A, Achilli A, Torroni A, Bandelt HJ, Parson W (2012). Rapid coastal spread of First Americans: Novel insights from South America's Southern Cone mitochondrial genomes. Genome Research 22(5):811-820 [IF: 13.852].

16.Cerezo M, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Perego UA, Gómez-Carballa A, Brisighelli F, Lancioni H, López-Soto M, Carracedo Á, Capelli C, Torroni A, Salas A (2012). Reconstructing ancient mitochondrial DNA links between Africa and Europe. Genome Research 22(5):821-826. [IF: 13.852].  (Cover story article)

17.Achilli A, Olivieri A, Soares P, Lancioni H, Hooshiar Kashani B, Perego UA, Nergadze SG, Carossa V, Santagostino M, Capomaccio S, Felicetti M, Al-Achkar W, Penedo MC, Verini-Supplizi A, Houshmand M, Woodward SR, Semino O, Silvestrelli M, Giulotto E, Pereira L, Bandelt HJ, Torroni A (2012). Mitochondrial genomes from modern horses reveal the major haplogroups that underwent domestication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109(7):2449-54 [IF: 9.809].

18.Hooshiar Kashani B, Perego UA, Olivieri A, Angerhofer N, Gandini F, Carossa V, Lancioni H, Semino O, Woodward SR, Achilli A, Torroni A (2012). Mitochondrial Haplogroup C4c: a Rare Lineage Entering America through the Ice-Free Corridor? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147:35–39 [IF: 2.514].-

19.Achilli A, Olivieri A, Pala M, Hooshiar Kashani B, Carossa V, Perego UA, Gandini F, Santoro A, Battaglia V, Grugni V, Lancioni H, Sirolla C, Bonfigli AR, Cormio A, Boemi M, Testa I, Semino O, Ceriello A, Spazzafumo L, Gadaleta MN, Marra M, Testa R, Franceschi C, Torroni A (2011). Mitochondrial DNA backgrounds might modulate diabetes complications rather than T2DM as a whole. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21029 [IF: 3.534].

20.Perego UA, Angerhofer N, Pala M, Olivieri A, Lancioni H, Hooshiar Kashani B, Carossa V, Ekins JE, Gómez-Carballa A, Huber G, Zimmermann B, Corach D, Babudri N, Panara F, Myres NM, Parson W, Semino O, Salas A, Bandelt HJ, Woodward SR, Achilli A, Torroni A (2010). The initial peopling of the Americas: an ever-growing number of founding mitochondrial genomes from Beringia. Genome Research 20(9): 1174-1179 [IF: 13.852] (Cover story article)

21.Pala M, Achilli A, Olivieri A, Hooshiar Kashani B, Perego UA, Sanna D, Metspalu E, Tambets K, Tamm E, Accetturo M, Carossa V, Lancioni H, Panara F, Zimmermann B, Huber G, Al-Zahery N, Brisighelli F, Woodward SR, Francalacci P, Parson W, Salas A, Behar DM, Villems R, Semino O, Bandelt HJ, Torroni A (2009). Mitochondrial Haplogroup U5b3: A Distant Echo of the Epipaleolithic in Italy and the Legacy of the Early Sardinians. The American Journal of Human Genetics 84: 814–821 [IF: 10.987].

22.Lucentini L, Palomba A, Gigliarelli L, Sgaravizzi G, Lancioni H, Lanfaloni L, Natali M, Panara F (2009). Temporal changes and effective population size of an Italian isolated and supportive-breeding managed northern pike (Esox lucius) population. Fisheries Research 96: 139-147 [IF: 1.843].

23.Gigliarelli L, Lucentini L, Palomba A, Sgaravizzi G, Lancioni H, Lanfaloni L, Willenz P, Gaino E, Panara F (2008). Applications of PCR-RFLPS for differentiating two freshwater sponges: Ephydatia fluviatilis and Ephydatia mülleri. Hydrobiologia 605: 265-269 [IF: 2.212].

24.Lancioni H, Lucentini L, Palomba A, Fulle S, Micheli MR, Panara F (2007). Muscle actin isoforms are differentially expressed in human satellite cells isolated from donors of different ages. Cell Biology International 31: 180-185 [IF: 1.635].

25.Lucentini L, Caporali S, Palomba A, Lancioni H, Panara F (2006). A comparison of conservative DNA extraction methods from fins and scales of freshwater fish: A useful tool for conservation genetics. Conservation Genetics 7: 1009-1012 [IF: 1.846].

26.Lucentini L, Palomba A, Lancioni H, Gigliarelli L, Natali M, Panara F (2006). Microsatellite polymorphism in Italian populations of northern pike (Esox lucius L.). Fisheries Research 80: 251-262 [IF: 1.843].

27.Lucentini L, Palomba A, Gigliarelli L, Lancioni H, Viali P, Panara F (2006). Genetic characterization of a putative indigenous brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) population in a secondary stream of the Nera River Basin (Central Italy) assessed by means of three molecular markers. Italian Journal of Zoology 73(3): 263-273 [IF: 0.865].

28.Lancioni H, Lucentini L, Panara F (2005). Ontogenetic changes of circulating erythroid cells and haemoglobin components in northern pike (Esox lucius Linnaeus, 1758). Journal of Fish Biology 66: 1576-1588 [IF: 1.834].

29.Lancioni H, Marcucci F, Albini R, Sensi L, Lucentini L, Panara F (2003). Presence of Ecp-like proteins in the freshwater bivalve Anodonta sp., but not in sponges (Ephidatia fluviatilis) and planarians (Dugesia polychroa). Italian Journal of Zoology 70: 305-308 [IF: 0.865].

30.Marcucci F, Lancioni H, Albini R, Sensi L, Frati F, Panara F (2003). Immunological evidence that ECP-like immunoreactive proteins are present in blood of vertebrates. Italian Journal of Zoology 70: 147-151 [IF: 0.865].

31.Lucentini L, Fulle S, Ricciolini C, Lancioni H, Panara F (2003). Low molecular weight phosphotyrosine protein phosphatase from PC12 cells. Purification, some properties and expression during neurogenesis in vitro and in vivo. The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 35 (9): 1378-1387 [IF: 4.240].


  1. Babudri N, Lancioni H, Achilli A (2012) Environmental stress and mutagenesis in enteric and non enteric bacteria. Ecological genetics 2:3-13.
  2. Babudri N, Achilli A,Martinelli C, Moore E,Lancioni H, Pavlov YI (2011). The role of DNA polymerase alpha in the control of mutagenesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells starved for nutrients. Ecological genetics 1:53-61.
  3. Lucentini L, Palomba A, Lancioni H, Gigliarelli L, Natali M, Panara F (2006). Caratterizzazione genetica di popolazioni italiane di Luccio (Esox lucius L.) mediante marcatori microsatellite. Journal of Freshwater Biology - Quaderni ETP 27-34. 
  4. Lucentini L, Palomba A, Lancioni H, Natali M, Panara F (2006). A nondestructive, rapid, reliable and inexpensive method to sample, store and extract high-quality DNA from fish body mucus and buccal cells. Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 257-260.
  5. Lucentini L, Ricciolini C, Lancioni H, Baldoni L, Panara F (2003). Analisi della diversità genetica delle popolazioni di luccio (Esox lucius L.) del Lago Trasimeno. Biologia Ambientale 18 (1): 15-18.

Lucentini L, Palomba A, Gigliarelli L, Sgaravizzi G, Ricciolini C, Puletti ME, Lancioni H, Lanfaloni L, Panara F (2009). Northern Pike: A Species in Crisis? In: Endangered Species: New Research. A. Colums and L. Kuznetsov. Eds. Nova Publisher.