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Andrea Acurio, Ph.D. Candidate 
Genomics, Bioinformatics and Evolution Group (GBE) 
Department of Genetics and Microbiology Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) 08193 Barcelona, Spain.
Phone: +34 93 581 4708
Fax: +34 93 581 2387               
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EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Universidad Católica del Ecuador, School of Biological Sciences, May 2007. 
Master in Genetics. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Faculty of Biosciences, September 2010.

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Master student in Genetics at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. September 2009-2010. 
Master Thesis: "Diversity of Galileo Transposable Element in the Drosophila repleta species group"(Principal Investigator: Dr. Alfredo Ruiz) at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. April 2009- August 2010.
Research staff in the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics. School of Biological Sciences. Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito. Ecuador. September 2004 – September 2006.
Research staff associate. Curatorial Assistant at the Drosophila Stock Center, University of California, San Diego U.S.A. June 2008-February2009 
Research Assistant in the Project: "Diversity of Drosophilids (Diptera, Drosophilidae) in Ecuador: Characterization of new Drosophila species" (Principal Investigator: Dr. Violeta Rafael). Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito. Ecuador. May 2007 – March 2008. 
Bachelor Thesis: “Diversity of the Drosophila genus (Diptera, Drosophilidae) in 6 habitats of the Yasuní National Park (Ecuadorian Amazon) and taxonomic multimedia key of Drosophila to Ecuador. Universidad Católica del Ecuador. November 2005 – May 2007. 
Assistant in the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics. School of Biological Sciences. Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito. September 2004 – September 2006. 

PUBLICATIONS 
Acurio A., Rafael V. & Dangles O. 2010. Biological Invasions in the Amazonian Tropical Rainforest: the Case of Drosophilidae (Insecta, Diptera) in Ecuador, South America. Biotropica DOI 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00628.
Acurio A. & Rafael V. 2010. Diversity of Drosophila (Diptera, Drosophilidae) in Ecuador. Drosophila Information Service 92: 20-25. 
Acurio A. & Rafael V. 2009. Diversity of Drosophilids in Yasuni National Park (Ecuadorian Amazonia) Revista Acta Amazonica 39: 713-718. 
Acurio A. Drosophila of Ecuador. Taxonomic Multimedia Key. Available on line in Lucidcentral.org [http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/viewkeydetails.aspx?id=435] Centre for Biological Information Technology CBIT. The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

FIELD WORK 
Yangana, Machalilla, Loja and Manabí, Ecuador. Collection and taxonomic identification of Drosophilidae species. November, 2010.
Guayllabamba, Pichincha, Ecuador. Collection and taxonomic identification of Drosophila repleta species group. June, 2009. 
Catalina Island, California. U.S.A. Collection of Drosophila repleta species group. September, 2008. 
Pichilingue, Los Rios, Ecuador. Collection and taxonomic identification of Drosophila willistoni species group. February, 2008. 
Yasuní Tropical Rain Forest, Amazonia, Ecuador. Collection and taxonomic identification of Drosophila species. December, 2006. 

REFERENCES 
Dr. Violeta Rafael. Professor of Evolutionary Biology. Catholic University of Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador. Phone: (593) 22991700 ext: 1823. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Dr. Olivier Dangles. Invited Professor of Ecology in the Entomology Department and Researcher in Ecology of the Institute for Research and Development (IRD). Quito, Ecuador. Phone: (593) 22991700 ext: 1294. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Dr. Jeffrey Powell. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Yale University New Haven. Connecticut. U.S.A. Phone: (001) 203-432-3887. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Dr. Alfredo Ruiz. Professor of Genetics. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona). Phone: (34) 93 – 581- 2729 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it