Roberto Feuda

I got my B.Sc and M.Sc degree (cum laude) in the Sapienza – Università di Roma in Italy. During my studies as undergraduate students I worked on the influence of glaciations cycles on the genetic structure of the European moles. In 2007 I got a fellowship as co-curator of mammals specimens at the museum of Comparative Anatomy of the Sapienza – Università di Roma. In 2008 I was awarded a fellowship to work as tutor at the Department of Human and Animal Biology of Sapienza – Università di Roma. In the summer of 2008 I was selected for a summer school in Bioinformatics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. In that period I worked on gene duplication and the change of selective pressure in plants. The studies of the phylogeography and demographic history of small mammals, before, and a Summer school at the Pisani/Nugent Lab in NUIM, later, introduced me to the amazing world of Bioinformatics. Since October 2009 I became a PhD Student in the Pisani Lab funded by an IRCSET fellowship. My main research interests are phylogenomics and its pitfalls focused on the origin of animals. Currently I’m working on the phylogenomics of early animals, origin of vision and radiations of GPCR across the animal kingdom. I am also collaborating with Daisuke Urano (Alan Jones Lab, University of North Carolina) in a research on the origin of GPCR signaling system in Eukaryotes.

Publications :

Resolving phylogenetic signal from noise when divergence is rapid: a new look at the old problem of echinoderm class relationships. Davide Pisani, Roberto Feuda, Kevin J. Peterson Andrew Smith. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolutions. In press.

Conference activity :


Feuda R., Campbell L., Sperling E.A., Peterson K.J., Pisani D. Distinguishing signal, noise and bias in early animal evolution: The difficult problem of the sponge phylogeny. Systematic assocation Belfast July 2011

Feuda R., Hamilton S., Longhorn S., McInerney J., Pisani D. Comparative Genomics of Early animals Vison. Evolution Meeting Oklahoma June 2011

Feuda R., Hamilton S., Longhorn S., McInerney J., Pisani D. The Origin of Retinal binding domain. A phylogenomic approch to a Vision.Italian Society for Evolutionaty Biology . Milan  September 2010


Feuda R., Hamilton S., Longhorn S., McInerney J., Pisani D. The Origin of Retinal binding domani. A phylogenomic approch to a Vision. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. Lyon 2-4 June 2010

Colangelo P., Loy A., Hutterer R., Annesi F., Feuda R., Amori G., Capanna E., 2007. Phylogeography of the common mole Talpa europaea Linnaeus, 1758. European Molecular Biology organizatio (EMBO) workshop, “Molecular biodiversity and DNA barcode”. Rome, 17-19 May, 2007. Volume of Abstracts: 45.