Lorenzo Santorelli

Dr Lorenzo Santorelli

Programme Director for Biological Sciences and Teaching fellow in Zoology
PGCert, MSc, PhD
+44 (0)1483 684368
26 AY 04


University roles and responsibilities

  • Academic Integrity Officer
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Affiliations and memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the British Entomological and Natural History Society


Research interests

My teaching

Courses I teach on


My publications


Kümmerli R, Santorelli L, Granato E, Dumas Z, Griffin AS, West SA (2015). Co-evolutionary dynamics between public good producers and cheats in the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosaJournal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 2264–2274

Jiricny N, Molin S, Foster K, Diggle SP, Scanlan PD, Ghoul M, Johansen HJ, Santorelli LA, Popat R, West SA, Griffin AS (2014) Loss of Social Behaviours in Populations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infecting Lungs of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis. PloS one, 9:1, e83124

Santorelli LA, Kuspa A, Shaulsky G, Queller, DC, Strassmann JE (2013) A new social gene in Dictyostelium discoideum, chtB. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13:4 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-4

Constant N, Santorelli LA, Lopes JFS, Hughes WOH (2012) The effects of genotype, caste and age on foraging performance in Acromyrmex subterraneusleaf-cutting ants. Behavioral Ecology,

Nehring V, Evison S, Santorelli LA, D'Ettorre P, Hughes WOH (2011) Kin-informative recognition cues in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278, 1942-1948

Waddington S, Santorelli LA, Ryan F, Hughes WOH (2010) Genetic polyethism in leaf cutting ants. Behavioral Ecology. 21, 1165-1169

Khare A, Santorelli LA, Strassmann JE, Queller DC, Kuspa A, Shaulsky G (2009) Cheater-resistance is not futile. Nature. 461, 980-983

Santorelli LA, Thompson CRL, Villegas E, Svetz J, Dinh C, Parikh A, Sucgang R, Kuspa A, Strassmann JE, Queller DC, Shaulsky G. (2008) Facultative cheater mutants reveal the genetic complexity of cooperation in social amoebae. Nature. 451, 1107-1111

Fortunato A, Strassmann JE, Santorelli LA, Queller DC(2003) Co-occurrence in nature of different clones of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideumMolecular Ecology. 12, 1031-1038

Queller D.C, Zacchi F, Cervo R, Turillazzi S, Henshaw MT, Santorelli LA, Strassmann JE (2000) Unrelated helpers in a social insect. Nature. 405, 784-787