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Dr Alejandra Perotti

Dr Alejandra Perotti
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Alejandra Perotti



  • Associate Professor in Invertebrate Biology
  • Chair of the Ethics Research Committee
  • Supervisor of PhD students, UK and abroad

Areas of Interest

  • Funding from BBSRC, The Royal Society, EC/EU, MINCyT (Arg) and Industry
  • Main research topics
    • Ectoparasitic lice and mites of primates: using Pediculus lice as proxies of hosts' evolution.
    • Ancient DNA: ectoparasites (lice and mites), and their extinct hosts.
    • Mites of medical and veterinary importance, whole organism biology and evolution.
    • Forensic acarology: the utility of mites (Acari) in forensic investigations, crime case reports and research.
    • Mites of economic importance, genetics, whole organism biology; biology of interactions (e.g. predation, phoresy) between mites with other arthropods (e.g. Bumblebees) and with bacteria (e.g. symbiosis, Wolbachia).
    • Sex ratio distorters (e.g. Rickettsia, Wolbachia) and their asexual arthropod hosts.

Member of the Evolution Research Group

Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • H-index (Hirsch number) = 16; i10 index = 21
  • Development of working protocols for forensic labs to analyse micro-invertebrate and acarological evidence from crime scenes
  • Analysis of acarological evidence in open, cold cases, leading to warrants issued overseas
  • Research and Development Responsible of APST-ENFSI (Animal Plant and Soil Traces Advisor Group of European Network of Forensic Science Institutes)
  • Consultant and reviewer for bio-control mite patents and patent disputes
  • Consultant on private cases; dermatology-related cases, and pest-control companies
    • Mite infestations in general
    • biting lice and
    • allergy or house dust mites
  • Interviews and reports in BBC NEWS, BBC Radio Berkshire, Daily Mail, Metro, Times Education, etc., on forensic research and human lice
  • Project provider for Nuffield Foundation (research student bursaries, placements)

Esteem Factors

  • Co-opted Board member of the EURAAC (European Association of Acarologists)
  • Associate Member of APST-ENFSI (Animal Plant and Soil Traces Group-European Network of Forensic Science Institutes)
  • Former EAFE Board member (European Association of Forensic Entomologists)
  • Awards received: 'Friends of the University of Reading Award'; 'Cesar Milstein Award' (Ministry of Science, Argentina); 'National Prize in Applied Entomology' (Entomological Society of Argentina)
  • Overseas External Examiner for PhDs thesis/Vivas
  • Organiser of VI EAFE Congress (European Association for Forensic Entomology), Crete 2008
  • Invited speaker in over 15 International Seminars in Europe and America.
  • Session Chair, Plenary speaker and Workshop organizer in 4 International Meetings.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of international congresses (acarology or forensic sciences)
  • Curator of the 'Acari of Forensic Importance Reference Collection' (AFIRC) (Reading University)


  • Part 1: BI1BEA2
  • Part 2: BI2EI4-Invertebrates
  • Part 2: BI2EWEV-Overseas Biodiversity field-course (South Spain)
  • Part 3: BI3EB7-Forensic Zoology

International Collaborators

  • Prof. Daniel Young, University of Wisconsin
  • Prof. Eske Willerslev, Center for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark
  • Prof. Marta Saloña Bordas, Universidad del País Vasco
  • Prof. C. Teresa Michieli, Director Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Museo "Prof. Mariano Gambier" FFHA - Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina
  • Prof. Edward Mitchell, Université de Neuchâtel
  • Dr. Jens Amendt, Institute of Legal Medicine, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • Dr. Corina Beron, INBIOTEC - CONICET, Argentina
  • Prof. Simonetta Lambiasse, Università di Pavia
  • Dr. Ibrahim Cakmak, Department of Plant Protection, University of Adnan Menderes, Aydin, Turkey
  • Dr. Jürgen Deckert, Curator, Head of Insect Collection, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
  • Dr. Didier Van den Spiegel, Head of "Biological collection and data management" unit Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, BE
  • Dr. Sergio Bermúdez, Departamento de Investigación en Entomología Médica, Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud, Panamá.
  • Prof. Valerio Scali and Dr. Ombretta Mareschaldi, Università di Bologna
  • Prof. Amparo Latorre, Universitat de Valencia
  • Prof. Andres Moya, Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Genómica y Salud del Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública (CSISP)-Universitat de Valencia
  • Laboratorio de Trazos Biológicos, Policía Judicial, Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina
  • Dr. Yelitza Velazques, Universidad de Alicante
  • Dr. Peter Mašán, Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • J. Alexander Rodríguez-Arrieta, MSc., Researcher, Microscopic Structures Research Centre, Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Varinia Varela Guarda, Arqueóloga Investigadora, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
  • Dr. Luis Flores Girón and Dr. Pablo Rodríguez López del Río, ZooBotánico de Jerez and Wildvets SLP
  • Dr. Rebeca Atencia, Director of the Jane Goodall Institute, Tchimpounga Sanctuary, Congo
  • Dr. Sawsan al Jubori, Al- Mustansiriyia University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Dr. Martín Fugassa, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
  • Dr. David Reed, Florida Museum of natural History
  • Collaboration with Forensic Institutes and Scientific Police of Latin American Countries and European Countries (ENFSI)

National Collaborators

  • Dr. Henk R. Braig, Bangor University, Wales
  • Prof. Dave Goulson, University of Sussex
  • Prof. Eske Willerslev, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Darren Mann, Pitt's River Museum, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Jane Hopper, The Howletts Wild Animal Trust, Port Lympne, Kent
  • SOCOs Thames Valley Police

Research groups / Centres


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  • Perotti, M.A., Kirkness, E.F. , Reed, D.L. and Braig, H.R. (2008) Endosymbionts of lice. In: Bourtzis, T. M. a. K. (ed.) Insect Symbiosis. CRC, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 205-219. ISBN 9780849312861
  • Braig, H.R., Turner, B.D. and Perotti, M.A. (2008) Symbiotic rickettsia. In: Miller, T. and Bourtzis, K. (eds.) Insect Symbiosis. CRC, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 221-249. ISBN 9780849312861


This list was generated on Mon Sep 28 14:46:45 2020 UTC.

Pre 2007

Perotti, M.A., H.K. Clarke, B.D. Turner and H.R Braig. 2006. Rickettsia as obligate and mycetomic bacteria. FASEB Journal, 20:2372-2374.

Perotti, M.A. and H.R. Braig. 2005. Endosymbionts of Acari. Phytophaga, 14: 457-476.

Perotti, M.A., S.S. Catalá, A. Ormeño, M. Zelazowska, S.M. Bilinski, and H.R. Braig. 2004. The sex ratio distortion in the human head louse is conserved over time. BMC Genetics, 5:10.

Perotti, M.A. and T.L. Lysyk. 2003. A novel growth media for rearing larval horn flies, Haematobia irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, 40: 22-29.

Perotti, M.A. 2001. Prey location and predation rates of predatory mites (Acari: Macrochelidae) on immature stages of pest flies (Diptera: Muscidae). Systematics & Applied Acarology, 6: 27-33.

Perotti, M.A., T. J. Lysyk., L. Kalischuk-Tymensen, L.J. Yanke, and L.B.Selinger. 2001. Growth and Survival of immature Haematobia irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) is influenced by bacteria isolated from cattle manure and conspecific larvae. Journal of Medical Entomology, 38: 180-187.

Perotti, M.A. 2000. Control biológico de la mosca de los cuernos, Haematobia irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) [Biological control of the horn fly, Haematobia irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae)] Boletin Sociedad Entomológica de Argentina. 16: 6-10.

Perotti, M.A. 2000. Acaros foréticos (Acari: Pygmephoridae) de la mosca de los cuernos Haematobia irritans (L.). Aspectos ecológicos de la interacción. [Phoretic mites (Acari: Pygmephoridae) of the horn fly, Haematobia irritans (L.). Ecology of the interaction] Revista de Medicina Veterinaria (Arg), 80: 449-452.

Perotti, M.A. P.Mariategui and C. Speicys. 2000. Predator mites of dung-breeding flies (Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae, Parasitidae) on Ontherus sulcator (F.) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Revista Sociedad Entomológica de Argentina, 59: 200-204.

Perotti, M.A. 1999. Localization of distant preys by Glyptholaspis confusa Foa (Acari: Macrochelidae). Revista Sociedad Entomológica de Argentina, 58:106-108.

Perotti, M.A. 1999. Control biologico de moscas sinantrópicas [Biological control of synanthropic flies]. Technical Bulletin. ISBN 987-9136-75-6, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata Special Editions.

Perotti, M.A. and J. A. Bachmann. 1999. First record and population ecology of the horn fly, Haematobia irritans L (Diptera: Muscidae) on cattle from Southeast of Buenos Aires province (Argentina). Research and Reviews in Parasitology,59: 47-51.

Perotti, M.A. 1998. Moscas sinantrópicas (Diptera: Muscidae y Fanniidae) en producciones avícolas del sud este bonaerense [Synantropic flies (Diptera: Muscidae y Fanniidae) associated with poultry farms in South-eastern Buenos Aires province]. Natura Neotropicalis, 29: 145-154.

Perotti, M.A. and M.A. Brasesco. 1998. First record of Pediculaster (Acari: Pygmophoridae), for Argentina, collected on the horn fly Haematobia irritans L (Diptera, Muscidae). Revista Sociedad Entomológica de Argentina, 57: 136-137.

Perotti, M.A. and N. Sardella. 1998. Sobre la presencia de la mosca hematófaga Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae) en Mar del Plata: Una advertencia sanitaria. [About the occurrence of the stable fly Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae) in Mar del Plata: a health hazard warning]. Revista Sociedad Entomológica de Argentina, 57: 71-72.

Perotti, M.A. and M.J.A. Brasesco. 1997. Orientación química de Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Acari: Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae): detección de presas a distancia, huevos de Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) y Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) [Chemo-orientation of Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Acari: Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae) and detection of distant eggs of Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) and Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae)]. Revista Sociedad Entomológica de Argentina, 56: 67-70.

Perotti, M.A. 1996. Something else about the horn fly, Haematobia irritans. Annales Sociedad Rural Argentina. 129:24

Perotti, M.A. 1996. Poultry manure and associated fauna (beneficial associated organisms). Technical Monograph: Revista CAPIA Informa. 159: 15-25

Perotti, M.A. and M.J.A. Brasesco. 1996. Especificidad forética de Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Acari: Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae) [Phoretic specificity of Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Acari: Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae)]. Ecologia Austral, 6:3-8.

Plus 6 (six) unpublished Research Reports for the Nacional Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and for the Sociedad Rural de Argentina.

PhD Opportunities

Forensic acarology: the importance of mites in forensic investigations

Trace evidence: Locard's exchange principle using invertebrates

See also

  • Bacterial endosymbionts, sex ratio distorters and reproduction of arthropods, mites and insects
  • Forensic Acarology and Entomology in Environmental Biology Research

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