Iuri Matteuzzo Ventura

PhD Candidate – Ecology and Evolution
Department of Ecology and Evolution
Zoology 303, 1101 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL


I am from the distant and sunny Brazil. I have previously worked with the interaction between selfish bacteria (Spiroplasma and Wolbachia) and D. melanogaster in natural populations.
For my PhD, my long-term goal is to elucidate a bit the evolution of new genes in Drosophila. My short-term goal is to survive to Chicago’s winter.

2013 – present
PhD Ecology and Evolution
University of Chicago
Advisor: Manyuan Long

2010 – 2013
MSc Genetics and Molecular Biology
University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil
Advisor: Louis Bernard Klaczko

2006 – 2009
BSc Biology
University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil


- Ventura IM, Long M. (2015) Connecting evolutionary genomics to cell biology. Encyclopedia of Cell Biology. Elsevier, 153-159. 
- Ventura IM, Costa T, Klaczko LB. (2013) Low temperature reveals genetic variability against Spiroplasma male-killing expression in Drosophila melanogaster natural populations (in press).
- Ventura IM, Martins AB, Lyra ML, Andrade CA, Carvalho KA, Klaczko LB. (2012) Spiroplasma in Drosophila melanogaster Populations: Prevalence, Male-Killing, Molecular Identification, and No Association with Wolbachia. Microbial Ecology 64: 794-801.