• CV


    Dr. rer. nat. (Complex Systems), University of Pisa
    Doctoral studies, University of Pisa (Italy) and Freie Universität Berlin
    Master in Applied Bioinformatics, University of Cologne
    Studies in Applied Bioinformatics, University of Cologne
    Master (Laurea) in Biology, University of Florence
    Studies in Biology, University of Florence (Italy)


    Junior Professor, University of Münster
    Research Associate, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, USA
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

    External functions

    Member of the Faculty of 1000, Biology
    Member of the Society for Evolutionary Biology and Evolution
  • Projects

    • MGSE - Münster Graduate School of Evolution - Unterstützung des Evolution Think Tank ( - )
      Third-party funding : Santander Consumer Bank AG
    • Molecular evolution in natural ecosystems: linking comparative genomics and biological stoichiometry ( - )
      Third-party funding : Volkswagen Foundation - Evolutionary Biology | Project Number: 85 373-1
  • Publications

    • 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., 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., 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., 235-247. Basel.
  • Dissertations

    Henze, StefanieThe role of nutrient limitation in shaping genome composition in prokaryotes: an experimental evolution approach 
    Henze, StefanieThe impact of nitrogen deprivation on genome evolution in Escherichia coli
    Preuss, ChristophOn the evolution of complex genetic diseases