Francesco Montinaro

Research Assistant


Research Interests

I am interested in evolutionary genetics of human populations, 
focusing on forces that contributed to shape the genetic variation across demes. 
Current projects explore the characterization of admixture processes occurred during the 
Atlantic Slave Trade and the Bantu expansions, with a particular attention to the interaction between 
Bantu-Speaking populations and Hunter-Gatherers.




Selected Publications

    1: Marks SJ, Montinaro F, Levy H, Brisighelli F, Ferri G, Bertoncini S, Batini C,
    Busby GB, Arthur C, Mitchell P, Stewart BA, Oosthuizen O, Oosthuizen E, D'Amato
    ME, Davison S, Pascali V, Capelli C. Static and moving frontiers: the genetic
    landscape of southern african bantu-speaking populations. Mol Biol Evol. 2015
    Jan;32(1):29-43. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu263. Epub 2014 Sep 14. PubMed PMID:
    2: Capocasa M, Battaggia C, Anagnostou P, Montinaro F, Boschi I, Ferri G, Alù M, 
    Coia V, Crivellaro F, Destro Bisol G. Detecting genetic isolation in human
    populations: a study of European language minorities. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e56371.
    doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056371. Epub 2013 Feb 13. PubMed PMID: 23418562;
    PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3572090.
    3: Congiu A, Anagnostou P, Milia N, Capocasa M, Montinaro F, Destro Bisol G.
    Online databases for mtDNA and Y chromosome polymorphisms in human populations. J
    Anthropol Sci. 2012;90:201-15. doi: 10.4436/jass.90020. PubMed PMID: 23274751.
    4: Marks SJ, Levy H, Martinez-Cadenas C, Montinaro F, Capelli C. Migration
    distance rather than migration rate explains genetic diversity in human
    patrilocal groups. Mol Ecol. 2012 Oct;21(20):4958-69. doi:
    10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05689.x. Epub 2012 Jul 5. PubMed PMID: 22765647.
    5: Milia N, Congiu A, Anagnostou P, Montinaro F, Capocasa M, Sanna E, Destro
    Bisol G. Mine, yours, ours? Sharing data on human genetic variation. PLoS One.
    2012;7(6):e37552. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037552. Epub 2012 Jun 5. PubMed
    PMID: 22679483; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3367958.
    6: Montinaro F, Boschi I, Trombetta F, Merigioli S, Anagnostou P, Battaggia C,
    Capocasa M, Crivellaro F, Destro Bisol G, Coia V. Using forensic microsatellites 
    to decipher the genetic structure of linguistic and geographic isolates: A survey
    in the eastern Italian Alps. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2012 Dec;6(6):827-33. doi:
    10.1016/j.fsigen.2012.04.001. Epub 2012 May 15. PubMed PMID: 22595149.
    7: Coia V, Boschi I, Trombetta F, Cavulli F, Montinaro F, Destro-Bisol G,
    Grimaldi S, Pedrotti A. Evidence of high genetic variation among linguistically
    diverse populations on a micro-geographic scale: a case study of the Italian
    Alps. J Hum Genet. 2012 Apr;57(4):254-60. doi: 10.1038/jhg.2012.14. Epub 2012 Mar
    15. PubMed PMID: 22418692.