Amir Yassin

Post-doctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Amir studied biology (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) at the University of Alexandria (Egypt) and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Paris South. His research has focuses on the ecological genetics and systematics of the invasive drosophilid Zaprionus indicus in Egypt. During his post- doctoral training at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris with Michel Veuille he investigated the molecular phylogenetics of South American orthopterans. At AMNH Amir focuses on phylogenetics of endemic Drosophila species from Madagascar and gene-tree incongruence in insects.


Yassin A, Amédégnato C, Cruaud C, Veuille M. (2009) Molecular taxonomy and species delimitation in Andean Schistocerca (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution [in press]

Yassin A, Borai F, Capy P, David JR, Elias E, Riad SA, Shalaby HG, Serour S, Abou-Youssef AY. (2009) Evolutionary genetics of Zaprionus. II. Mitochondrial DNA and chromosomal variation of the invasive drosophilid Zaprionus indianus in Egypt.Mitochondrial DNA 20(2-3), 34-40.

Yassin A, Araripe LO, Capy P, Da Lage JL, Klaczko LB, Maisonhaute C, Ogereau D, David JR. (2008) Grafting the molecular phylogenetic tree with morphological branches to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the genus Zaprionus (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47(3):903-915.

David JR, Lemeunier F, Tsacas L, Yassin A. (2007) The historical discovery of the nine species in the Drosophila melanogaster species subgroup. Genetics 177(4):1969-1973.

Araripe LO, Yassin A, Klaczko LB, Moréteau B, David JR. (2008) Divergent abdominal bristle patterns in two distantly related drosophilids: antero-posterior variations and sexual dimorphism in a modular trait. Genetica 134(2), 211-222.

Yassin A, Abou-Youssef AY, Bitner-Mathe B, Capy P, David JR. (2007) Mesosternal bristle number in a cosmopolitan drosophilid: an X-linked variable trait independent of sternopleural bristles. Journal of Genetics 86(2), 149-158.

David JR, Araripe LO, Bitner-Mathé BC, Capy P, Goñi B, Klaczko LB, Legout H, Martins MB, Vouidibio J, Yassin A, Moreteau B. (2006) Sexual dimorphism of body size and sternopleural bristle number: a comparison of geographic populations of an invasive cosmopolitan drosophilid. Genetica 128(1-3), 109-122.

David JR, Araripe LO, Bitner-Mathé BC, Capy P, Goñi B, Klaczko LB, Legout H, Martins MB, Vouidibio J, Yassin A, Moreteau B. (2006) Quantitative trait analysis and geographic variability of natural populations of Zaprionus indianus, a recent invader in Brazil. Heredity 96(1), 53-62.