Francesca Dani


I graduated in Natural Sciences at the University of Florence in 1990. Subsequently, I carried out a PhD in Animal Biology studying the chemical communication of social wasps, under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Turillazzi. Since then my research has mainly concerned chemical communication, considering the production and the release of pheromones, their perception and their effects on behaviour, especially in social insects. From 1996 to 1998 I worked thanks to a mobility grant by the CNR and an individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant at the Chemical Ecology laboratory of Prof. E.D. Morgan at the University of Keele (UK). I then carried out research activities as a post-doc and contract researcher at the Mass Spectrometry Center and the Biology Department of the University of Florence, applying mass spectrometry to the analysis of pheromones and the study of proteomics of the olfactory organs of insects and other arthropods. I am currently an associate professor of Zoology at the same University.

KRÖBER T., Koussis K., Bourquin M., Tsitoura P., Konstantopoulou M., Awolola T.S., Dani F.R., Qiao H., Pelosi P., Iatrou K., Guerin P.M. 2018. Odorant-binding protein-based identification of natural spatial repellents for the African malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae. Insect. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 96:36-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2018.03.008.

IOVINELLA I., McAFEE A., MASTROBUONI G., KEMPA S., FOSTER L.J., PELOSI P., DANI F.R. 2018. Proteomic analysis of chemosensory organs in the honey bee parasite Varroa destructor: A comprehensive examination of the potential carriers for semiochemicals. J. Proteomics. 181:131-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2018.04.009.

PELOSI P., IOVINELLA I., ZHU J, WANG G, DANI, F.R. 2017. Beyond chemoreception: diverse tasks of soluble olfactory proteins in insects. Biol. Rev. 93: 184-200. doi: 10.1111/brv.12339.

Pradella D., Martin S.J., Dani F.R. 2015. Using Errors by Guard Honeybees (Apis mellifera) to Gain New Insights into Nestmate Recognition Signals. Chem. Senses. 40:649-53. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjv053.

DANI F.R., JONES G.R. CORSI S., BEARD R., PRADELLA D., TURILLAZZI S. 2005. Nestmate recognition cues in the honey bee: differential importance of cuticular alkanes and alkenes. Chem. Senses. 30: 1–13.