Alejandra Perotti

Associate Professor in Invertebrate Biology, University of Reading

My research looks at ectoparasitic lice and mites of primates: using Pediculus lice as proxies of hosts' evolution. I also research ancient DNA of ectoparasites (lice and mites), and their extinct hosts. I am interested in mites of medical and veterinary importance, whole organism biology and evolution as well as forensic acarology: the utility of mites (Acari) in forensic investigations, crime case reports and research. My research also covers mites of economic importance, genetics, whole organism biology; biology of interactions (e.g. predation, phoresy) between mites with other arthropods (e.g. Bumblebees) and with bacteria (e.g. symbiosis, Wolbachia).
Sex ratio distorters (e.g. Rickettsia, Wolbachia) and their asexual arthropod hosts.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Associate Professor in Invertebrate Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading