Francisco Perfectti


F. Perfectti doing data mining
F. Perfectti doing data mining

Francisco Perfectti, PhD, is associate professor at the Department of Genetics in the University of Granada.


Francisco Perfectti is Profesor Titular (tenured) at the Department of Genetics in the University of Granada. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Granada in 1995 with a dissertation on the characterization of the genetic resources of Annona cherimola. In 1995, he moved to the Department of Biology of the University of Rochester (NY, USA) to do a postdoctoral stay with Dr. Jack Werren working into the genetics of speciation in parasitic wasps of the genus Nasonia. He returned as Profesor Asociado to the University of Granada during the academic year 1997/98. He was visiting scholar at the University of California – Berkeley, with Carl Rothfels, during the academic year 2016/17.

His research has covered several topics on evolutionary biology (including both genetic and ecological aspects), population genetics and evolutionary genomics. His scientific interests are focused on the analysis of the coevolutionary processes, at the genomic level (parasite chromosomes, evolution of repeated DNA) and ecological level (evolutionary biology of the interaction between pollinators and plants), as well as on the speciation process and the genetics of adaptation, using animal (ortoptera, Nasonia) and plant (Erysimum, Moricandia) models. He is also interested in the role of individual-based networks in population dynamics and evolution. His research work has resulted in >90 contributions to scientific meetings and close to a hundred scientific papers, the vast majority of which have been published in SCI indexed international journals, such as Nature, Evolution, Genetics, Heredity, Proceedings of The Royal Society, Chromosoma, Ecology Letters, The American Naturalist, Philosophical Transactions, PLoS ONE, Oikos, Annals of Botany, New Phytologist, Molecular Ecology, etc. He has participated in 15 public-funded research projects.

F. Perfectti teachs “Evolutionary Biology” and “Conceptual Development of Biology” at undergraduate level (Biology Degree) and several courses at graduate level, including “Phylogeography and Molecular Phylogeny” and “Creativity, Rigor and Communication” in the Master of Genetics and Evolution. He has supervised six Ph.D. students. He has participated in 12 Teaching Innovation Projects, two of them awarded by the University of Granada, and in several Tutorial Action Plans. It has been awarded the University of Granada prize for scientific excellence. He is a member of the following scientific societies: The Society for the Study of Evolution, Spanish Society of Genetics, Coevolution Society, and founder member of the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology.


Departamento de Genética
Facultad de Ciencias
Campus Fuentenueva
Universidad de Granada
18071 Granada, Spain

Phone: +34 958 249 697
E-mail: fperfect[at]

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Francisco Perfectti (standing) together botanist Juan Lorite phenotyping Erysimum plants in Sicily