. Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia

Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia

Romano Dallai

Dipartimento di Biologia Evolutiva
Università degli studi di Siena
Via Aldo Moro 2 – 53100 Siena
Tel.: +39-0577-234412
Fax.: +39-0577-234476
e-mail dallai@unisi.it
Luogo e data di nascita - Firenze, 12 aprile 1938

Titolo di studio - Laurea in Scienze Agrarie

Titolo accademico - Professore Ordinario di Zoologia all’Università di Siena (dal 1 gennaio 2010 cessato dal servizio). È stato per 18 anni (1981 – 1999) Preside della facoltà di Scienze M.F.N dell’Università di Siena. Ha ricevuto la medaglia d’oro da questa Facoltà che lo ha proposto al Senato Accademico per il conferimento del titolo di Professore Emerito. Dal 1986 al 2003 è stato Direttore del Dipartimento di Biologia Evolutiva. Dal 1986 al 2009 è stato Direttore della Scuola di Dottorato in Biologia Evoluzionistica. . È stato presidente dell’ Unione Zoologica Italiana (UZI) dal 1997 al 2001.

Docenza - Titolare di Zoologia, corso di Laurea in Scienze Biologiche (attualmente come Professore a contratto)

 Interessi scientifici - Sistematica, Biogeografia ed Evoluzione dei Collemboli.
Morfologia ultrastrutturale di tessuti ed organi di Invertebrati, in particolare di Insetti; giunzioni cellulari; riproduzione.
Ha pubblicato più di 500 lavori, molti dei quali accolti su riviste molto qualificate. Di rilievo sono le pubblicazioni riguardanti la filogenesi dei bassi Esapodi ( due lavori si Science), la particolare determinazione del sesso e la riproduzione dei Collemboli, la descrizione di vari modelli di spermatozoi di Insetti. È autore del libro (1999) “Insects. Their spermatozoa and phylogeny” con B.J: Jamieson e B.A. Afzelius.
Ha pubblicato inoltre lavori sulla ultrastruttura delle ghiandole accessorie dell’apparato riproduttore maschile e femminile di insetti ed ha descritto una nuova proteina (ceratotoxina) con attività antibatterica in Ceratitis capitata.
È editore della rivista internazionale “Tissue and Cell” e co-editor di “Zoomorphology”. È nell’editorial board di diverse riviste scientifiche e Reviewer per riviste di morfologia ultrastrutturale degli Artropodi.
Ha tenuto congressi in molte università italiane ed estere ed ha tenuto “training courses” sulla microscopia elettronica in Brasile, Cina, Giappone e Portogallo.
È stato docente di Zoologia Agraria in Somalia negli anni 1979 – 1981.
È stato organizzatore di diversi congressi in Italia ed all’estero ed ha collaborazioni scientifiche con numerosi colleghi italiani e stranieri.
È accademico ordinario dell’Accademia Nazionale di Entomologia dal 1982.

Prof Romano Dallai was born in Florence on April 12nd 1938.
In Florence he graduated in Agriculture Sciences with maximum votation cum laude. In that occasion he was awarded for his brilliant iter studiorum with faculty's Morettini prize.
He served in the Italian army for military draft from February 1962 to July 1963.
From 1965 to 1965 he got a young student fellowship from the Italian Ministry for Education. He served as a volontary assisatnt to the chair of Agricultural Entomology of the University of Florence. In 1965 he became assistant at the chair of Zoology in the Faculty of Sciences of Siena University. In 1969 he became docent of Zoology and Professor of Zoology at Siena University in 1975. In 1979, 1980 and 1981 he has been teaching summer courses of Agricultural Zoology at the University of Mogadishu (Somaliland).
As a member of Italian Council of Research (CNR) he visited several universities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Xian) as formal agreements between CNR and the China Academy of Sciences. In this occasion he was invited to give several conferences. In November-December 1985 he was invited by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to direct and run in Shanghai a course on Electron Microscopy. He directed similar courses in Coimbra (Purtugal 1991), Brasilia (Brazil 1997), Piracicaba (Brazil 1999), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil 2000).
In 2007 he was invited to give seminars at Universities of Tsukuba (Sugadaira) and Tokio by the Japanese Society for Science Promotion.
He was co-organizer of 2007 FASEB meeting on the Biology of Cilia and Flagella that was held at Saxton-river, Vermont (USA). In 1978, 1986, 1989, and 2002 he organized at Siena the First, Second, Third and Sixth International Seminar on Apterygota. He has been invited to give plenary lectures in international meetings at Beijing (China, 1992), Caxambu(Brazil, 1995), Florence (Italy, 1996), Montreal (Canada, 1999), Fos de Iguassu (Brazil, 2000), Bejing (China, 2004), Rouen (France, 2004), Agua de Lindoa (Brazil, 2005), Sheffield (UK, 2005), Dresden (Germany, 2005), Texel (Holland 2006), Port Elizabeth (South Africa, 2006).
He was Dean of the Science Faculty at the University of Siena form 1981 to 1999. In 1999 the Science Faculty honored him with the gold medal for his outstanding Dean activity that greatly contributed to the development of the Faculty.
From 1985 to 2003 he was Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Siena. He directed the PhD School of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Siena.
In 2003 the Senatum of Siena University gave him the nomination for the official plenary talk given at the opening ceremony for the academic year 2003-2004. He retired in Januray 2010.
The Faculty of Sciences gave him the nomination for Emeritus Professor.
He was president of Italian Union of Zoology (UZI) from 1999 to 2002 and in 2009 he got the nomination of honorary member.
He is ordinary member of the National Academy of Entomology since 1991. During his scientific career he developed and maintained numerous scientific collaborations with both Italian and foreign collaborators from several countries. His main scientific activity dealt with Entomology, Zoology, Cell Biology, and Electron Microscopy. He investigated in the field of Systematics and Zoogeography of Hexapoda, the functional morphology and ultrastucture of invertebrate cell junctions, the ultrastructure of insect organs, the comparative spermatology of insects. On these topics he produced more than 500 papers, many of which published on peer reviewed international journals, and two books: Insects, their spermatozoa and phylogeny 1999 (New Hampshire USA) in collaboration with B.G.M Jamieson and B.A. Afzelius. and a Zoology textbook for graduate students (2007) that is currently at second edition (Monduzzi Editore)