As part of her fellowship at WRBU, Dr. Silvia Justi assesses the taxonomic status of several species belonging to species complexes. For the past 12 years, her primary area of research has been the evolution of Chagas disease vectors, with the recent addition of investigating the diversification process of neotropical malaria vectors.
Dr. Justi’s main study interests are in disease vector systematics, with emphasis in phylogenomics and taxonomy. Her master's degree work focused on studying the population genetics and epidemiological relevance of Chagas disease vectors of the genus Rhodnius in Bolivia; during her doctorate program, she published the most diverse phylogenetic study of the subfamily Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) of Chagas disease vectors to date.
Dr. Justi completed her Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ (Brazil) and her Philosophical Doctorate in Genetics from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Lima-Cordón RA, Monroy MC, Stevens L, Rodas GA, Rodas A, et al. Description of Triatomahuehuetenanguensis sp. n., a potential Chagas disease vector (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae). ZooKeys. 2019;(820): 51-70.
Gallant JP, Lima-Cordón RA, Justi SA, Monroy MC, Viola T, Stevens L. The role of natural selection in shaping genetic variation in a promising Chagas disease drug target: Trypanosoma cruzi trans-sialidase. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 2018;(62): 151-159.
de Oliveira J, Ayala JM, Justi SA, da Rosa JA , Galvão C. Description of a new species of Nesotriatoma Usinger, 1944 from Cuba and revalidation of synonymy between Nesotriatoma bruneri (Usinger, 1944) and N. flavida (Neiva, 1911)(Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae). Journal of Vector Ecology. 2018; 43(1): 148-157.