Marco Salemi, PhD

Phone: 352.273.9567

Email: salemi@pathology.ufl.edu

Biography: 

DEGREES
Ph.D. in Science. 1999. Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium.
Post-graduate school in Biotechnology Application. 1995. University of Milan, Italy.
B.S. with full marks in Chemistry, 1991. University of Pavia, Italy.

SCIENTIFIC APPOINTMENTS
2013-current Associate Professor. Department of Pathology Immunology and Laboratory Medicine. University of
Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.
2010-2012 Assistant Professor. Department of Pathology Immunology and Laboratory Medicine. University of
Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.
2004-2009. Research Assistant Professor. Department of Pathology, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Florida,
U.S.A.
2002-2004. Postdoctoral Researcher. Laboratory of Prof. Walter Fitch, University of California Irvine (UCI), Irvine,
California, U.S.A.
1999-2002. Postdoctoral scientist. Laboratory of Prof. Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Rega Institute, Catholic University of
Leuven, Belgium.
1996-1999. Mary Curie Fellow. Laboratory of Prof. Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Rega Institute, Catholic University of
Leuven, Belgium.
1991-1996. Postgraduate fellow. Laboratory of Prof. Umberto Bertazzoni, "Istituto di Genetica Biochimica ed
Evoluzionistica" (Institute of Genetics, Biochemistry and Evolution) of CNR (National Research Center), Pavia, Italy.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
As Marie-Curie Fellow at the Rega Institute (Leuven, Belgium), and post-doctoral scientist with Walter M. Fitch at
the University of California, Irvine (USA), Dr. Salemi has become an internationally recognized expert in the field of
molecular evolution of viruses and phylogenetic analysis. During the last ten years, as faculty at the University of
Florida, Gainesville (U.S.A.), his interests have included molecular epidemiology, intra-host viral evolution, and the
application of phylogenetic and population genetic methods to the study of human and simian pathogenic viruses.
More recently, he has been applying the Bayesian coalescent framework to study the molecular evolution and
phylogeography of emergent and re-emergent bacterial pathogens, such as MRSA, Salmonella and V. cholera, using
genome-wide SNPs.

HONORS & AWARDS
2012 , University of Florida Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors.
2008 . Honor Aedificanti Award for his efforts in AIDS research, Kiwanis International Association, Caltanissetta, Italy, December 5th 2008.
2004. Distinguished International Educator of the Year Award, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A.
2002. Award from the Catholic University of Leuven for the best PhD thesis in Science
2001 Award for best scientific paper originated in Ireland: M. Salemi, et al. Dating the common ancestor of SIVcpz
and HIV-1 group M and the origin of HIV-1 subtypes using a new method to uncover clock-like molecular evolution.
The FASEB J. 15:267-268, 2000.
1999-2000. His biography has been included in Who’s Who in the world as young scientist.
1999. Invited Speaker (HTLV and the molecular clock) at the Fourth European Conference on Experimental AIDS
Research, ECEAR 99. Tampere, Finland, June 18-21.
1999. Young Researcher Award for the abstract: The evolutionary rate of HTLV-II in injecting drug users is 50 to 200
times faster compared to in endemically infected Amerindian and Pygmy tribes. M. Salemi, J. Desmyter, A-M.
Vandamme. Ninth International Conference on Human Retrovirology: HTLV. Kagoshima, Japan, April 5-9.
1998. Best Congress contribution award for the abstract: Post-Colombian introduction of HTLV-I in Latin America.
S. Van Dooren, M. Salemi, E. Gotuzzo, E. Audenaert, S. Duwe, H. Ellerbrok, R. Grassmann, J. Desmyter and A-M
Vandamme. Third European Conference on Experimental AIDS Research. Munich, Germany, February 28-March 3.
1996. Awarded with Marie Curie Fellowship, European Union, for the project "Molecular investigation on the origin
and genetic stability of Human T-lymphotropic viruses".