Dr Lorenzo Santorelli
I am an evolutionary biologist and an entomologist at heart. I graduated with honours at the University of Florence in Biological Sciences with a thesis on the social wasps P. dominuls. During my MSc and PhD at Rice University (Texas, USA) I studied the genetic basis of the social behaviour in Dictyostelium discoideum.
I then moved to the UK where I worked as researcher at the University of Leeds (on leaf-cutter ants) and University of Oxford (working on the social bacterium P. aeruginosa and P. fluorescens).
While at Oxford I was also awarded the title of Junior Research Fellow for the St Cross College and Associate Director of the Doctoral Training Centre.
University roles and responsibilities
- Academic Integrity Officer
- Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Affiliations and memberships
My research field has been focusing on evolution of cooperative behaviour in macro and microorganisms using an interdisciplinary approach, involving entomology, molecular biology, genetics, animal behaviour and microbiology.
At the University of Surrey I have supervised final year projects on several subjects.
During my career I have taught on several courses at graduate and postgraduate levels.
At the University of Surrey I teach on a range of modules for the School of Biosciences and Medicine including: Animal Diversity, Animal Behaviour, Evolution and the Origin of Biodiversity, Animal Biology.
My primary focus is to develop courses in the field of Zoology for the programs of Biological Science and Veterinary Biosciencess
Courses I teach on
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 aeruginosa. Journal 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 discoideum. Molecular 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