Academics at the Department of Biology

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang
Professional Appointments
- 2010-present Junior Professor for Evolutionary Functional Genomics, WWU Münster, Germany
- 2006-2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, USA
- 2005-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
- 2004-2005 Visiting Scientist, Institute for Molecular Biology, Free University, Berlin, Germany

- 2005 Ph.D. Complex Systems, University of Pisa, Italy
- 2004 M.Sc. Applied Bioinformatics, University of Cologne, Germany
- 1999 M.Sc. Molecular Biology, University of Florence, Italy

- Bioinformatics, Molecular Evolution
- Ecological genetics
- Evolutionary ecology

- Comparative genomics
- Moelcular evolution
- Evolutionary ecology
- Biological stoichiometry

Ausgewählte Projekte
- Comparative genomics of autotrophic species
- Material costs of evolutionary change in natural populations
- Stoichiogenomics of insect species
- Mathematical modelling of nitrogen fluxes in tropical and temperate forests

Ausgewählte Kooperationen
- Prof. Dr. Dag Hessen, University of Oslo, Norway
- Prof. Dr. Sudhir Kumar, Arizona State University, USA
- Prof. Dr. Lawrence Weider, University of Oklahoma, USA
- Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, WWU Münster, Germany


  • Elser JJ, Acquisti C, Kumar S. . ‘Stoichiogenomics: the evolutionary ecology of macromolecular elemental composition.’ TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 26, No. 1: 38-44. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2010.10.006.
  • He F, Chen WH, Collins S, Acquisti C, Goebel U, Ramos-Onsins S, Lercher MJ, de Meaux J. . ‘Assessing the Influence of Adjacent Gene Orientation on the Evolution of Gene Upstream Regions in Arabidopsis thaliana.’ GENETICS 185, No. 2: 695-701. doi: 10.1534/genetics.110.114629.
  • Acquisti C, Kumar S, Elser JJ. . ‘Signatures of nitrogen limitation in the elemental composition of the proteins involved in the metabolic apparatus.’ PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 276, No. 1667: 2605-2610. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1960.
  • Acquisti C, Elser JJ, Kumar S. . ‘Ecological nitrogen limitation shapes the DNA composition of plant genomes.Molecular biology and evolution 26, No. 5: 953-6. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msp038.
  • Acquisti C, Poste G, Curtiss D, Kumar S. . ‘Nullomers: Really a Matter of Natural Selection?PLOS ONE 2, No. 10. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001022.
  • Collins S, de Meaux J, Acquisti C. . ‘Adaptive walks toward a moving optimum.’ GENETICS 176, No. 2: 1089-1099. doi: 10.1534/genetics.107.072926.
  • Acquisti C, Kleffe J, Collins S. . ‘Oxygen content of transmembrane proteins over macroevolutionary time scales.’ NATURE 445, No. 7123: 47-52. doi: 10.1038/nature05450.
  • Acquisti C, Allegrini P, Bogani P, Buiatti M, Catanese E, Fronzoni L, Grigolini P, Mersi G, Palatella L. . ‘In the search for the low-complexity sequences in prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes: how to derive a coherent picture from global and local entropy measures.’ CHAOS SOLITONS & FRACTALS 20, No. 1: 127-137. doi: 10.1016/S0960-0779(03)00435-1.
  • Buiatti M., Acquisti C., Mersi G., Bogani P., Fronzoni L. . ‘The living state of matter: between noise and homeorrhetic constraints.’ In Non-extensive entropy interdisciplinary applications., edited by Gell-Mann M., Tsallis, C. (Eds.): , 221-241. Oxford.
  • Acquisti C., Mersi G., Buiatti M. . ‘A computational model of a developing tumor cord.’ In Mathematical Modeling & Computing in Biology and Medicine., edited by Capasso, V. (Eds.): , 610-615. Bologna.
  • Buiatti M., Acquisti C., Mersi G., Bogani P., Buiatti M. jr. . ‘The biological meaning of DNA correlations.’ In Fractals in Biology and Medicine., edited by Losa G.A., Merlini D., Nonnenmacher T.F., Weibel, E.R. (Eds.): , 235-247. Basel.