My primary research interest is the application of genetic/genomic-based analysis to address relevant ecological and evolutionary questions that are useful for the management and conservation of animal species. My work focuses on the exploitation of NGS data, such as RAD sequencing, using bioinformatic tools to develop population genetics and population genomics interpretations of animal species in relation to ecosystem patterns. Currently I’m studying the population genomics of two gastropod species from Antarctica. Additionally, I’m also collaborating with other projects on pinnipeds, blue tits, brittle stars and shellfish.
Previous Research and Other Interests
I earned my PhD here at the University of Bielefeld under the supervision of Joe Hoffman. During my PhD project I primarily investigated the population genomics of four European shellfish species, but I could also collaborate on a number of other projects. During this time I was an Early Stage Researcher within the Marie Curie CACHE ITN (https://www.cache-itn.eu/).
As part of my Master’s degree at the University of Ferrara, I spent one year at the NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz to conduct research on the life-history traits of steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) as revealed by genetic analysis.
In summer 2012 I joined the Marine Turtle Rescue Center (CRTM) located in Linosa Island to study the ecology and behaviour of the endangered species Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) and to contribute to the monitoring of cetacean species around Linosa Island.
In addition to my research activity, I like focusing my attention on playing Capoeria, juggling, slacklining and playing the bass.
- 2015–2019: PhD Student – University of Bielefeld & Marie Curie Initial Training Network fellow
- 2012–2015: Master’s Degree in Ecology and Evolution, University of Ferrara
- 2009–2012: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, University of Ferrara
Clark, M.S., Peck, L.S., Harper, E.M., Arivalagan, J., Backeljau, T., Berland, S., Cardoso, J.C.R., Caurcel, C., Chapelle, G., De Noia, M., Dupont, S., Gharbi, K., Hoffman, J.I., Last, K., Marie, A., Melzner, F., Michalek, K., Morris, J., Power, D.M., Ramesh, K., Saunders, S., Sillampää, K., Slight, V., Stewart-Sinclair, P., Sundell, K., Telesca, L., Vendrami, D. L. J., Ventura, A., Wilding, T., Yarra, T., Harper, E.M. Deciphering mollusc shell production. Biological Reviews.
Lilley, T., Sävilammi, T. M., Ossa, G., Blomberg, A. S., Vasemägi, A., Yung, V., Vendrami, D. L. J., & Johnson, J. S. (2020). Population connectivity predicts vulnerability to white-nose syndrome in the Chilean myotis (Myotis chiloensis)-a genomics approach. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.119.401009
Vendrami, D. L. J., De Noia, M., Telesca, L., Brodte, E. M., & Hoffman, J. I. (2020). Genome‐wide insights into introgression and its consequences for genome‐wide heterozygosity in the Mytilus species complex across Europe. Evolutionary Applications. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12974
De Noia*, M., Telesca*, L., Vendrami, D. L. J.*, Gokalp, H. K., Charrier, G., Harper, E. M., & Hoffman, J. I. (2020). Population Genetic Structure is Unrelated to Shell Shape, Thickness and Organic Content in European Populations of the Soft-Shell Clam Mya Arenaria. Genes, 11(3), 298. Doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030298 * These authors contributed equally to this work
Vendrami, D.L.J., Forcada, J. & Hoffman, J.I. (2019) Experimental validation of in silico predicted RAD locus frequencies using genomic resources and short read data from a model marine mammal. BMC Genomics. https://bmcgenomics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12864-019-5440-8
Vendrami, D.L.J., De Noia, M., Telesca, L., Handal, W., Charrier, G., Boudry, P., Eberhart-Philips, L. & Hoffman, J.I. (2019) RAD sequencing sheds new light on the genetic structure and local adaptation of European scallops and resolves their demographic histories. Scientific Reports, 9: 7455. Doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43939-4
Vendrami, D.L.J., Houston, R. D., Gharbi, K., Telesca, L., Gutierrez, A. P., Gurney‐Smith, H., … & Hoffman, J. I. (2019). Detailed insights into pan‐European population structure and inbreeding in wild and hatchery Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) populations revealed by genome‐wide SNP data. Evolutionary Applications. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/eva.12736
Klimova, A., Ortega-Rubio, A,. Vendrami, D.L.J. & Hoffman, J.I. (2018). Genotyping by sequencing reveals contrasting patterns of population structure, ecologically mediated divergence and long-distance dispersal in North American palms. Ecology and Evolution, 8(11), 5873-5890. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/ece3.4125
Vendrami, D.L.J., Telesca, L., Schweyen, H., Weiss, M., Fawcett, K., Lehmann, K., Clark, M.S., Leese, F., McMinn, C., Moore, H. & Hoffman, J.I. (2017) RAD sequencing resolves fine-scale population structure in a benthic invertebrate: implications for understanding phenotypic plasticity. Royal Society Open Science, 4: 160548. Doi: 10.1098/rsos.160548 vendrami-et-al-2017
Vendrami D. L. J., Shah A., Telesca L., Hoffman J.I. (2016) Mining the transcriptomes of four commercially important shellfish species for single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with biomineralization genes. Marine Genomics Special Issue “Cells to Shells”, 27: 17-23. Doi: 10.1016/j.margen.2015.12.009
RAD sequencing of European scallops: population structure, demographic history and adaptation: International Marine Conservation Conference 6, Virtual conference, August 2020
A newly developed SNP chip reveals unforseen patterns of population structure and genetic diversity in invasive oysters: Wild Genomics Meeting, Bielefeld, Germany, March 2018
Investigation of the genetic structure of the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in Europe using a high density SNP array: 7th International oyster symposium, Bangor, UK, September 2017
Population Genomics of shellfish (speed talk): Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2017
High resolution genetic evidence for fine-scale population structure and phenotypic plasticity in king scallops, Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI), Helgoland, Germany, July 2016
SNP-based genetic analysis of hatchery steelhead (O.mykiss) from California Central Valley: Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting, Juneau, AK, June 2014
Department of Animal Behaviour