Since 2017, I am committed to a policy of posting all our work as preprints on bioRxiv, just before journal submission. For more information on the use of preprints, have a look at our ASAPbio page.


Below is a list of my favorite and most(ly) recent publications. We publish all our work following an open access model, but have provided pdf links below for convenience.

For a full list follow link to Google Scholar:


Maleness-on-the-Y (MoY) orchestrates male sex determination in major agricultural fruit fly pests.

Science 2019 Sep.

Meccariello A, Salvemini M, Primo P, Hall B, Koskinioti P, Dalikova Ma, Gravina A, Gucciardino MA, Forlenza F, Gregoriou ME, Ippolito D, Monti SM, Petrella V, Perrotta MM, Schmeing S, Rug- giero A, Scolari F, Giordano E, Tsoumani KT, Marec F, Windbichler N, Nagaraju J, Arunkumar KP, Bourtzis K, Mathiopoulos KD, Ragoussis J, Vitagliano L, Tu Z, Papathanos PA*, Robinson MD*, Saccone G*.

A perspective on the need and current status of efficient sex separation methods for mosquito genetic control.

Parasite and Vectors; 2018 Dec.​

Papathanos PA* , Bourtzis K, Tripet F, Bossin H, Virginio JF, Capurro ML, Pedrosa MC , Guindo A, Sylla L, Coulibaly MB, Yao FA, Epopa PS, Diabate A

Redkmer: An assembly-free pipeline for the identification of abundant and specific X-chromosome target sequences for X-shredding by CRISPR endonucleases.

The CRISPR Journal Jan 2018 (pdf)

Papathanos PA, Windbichler N

Rapid evolution of female-biased genes among species of malaria mosquitoes

Genome Research 2017 Jul (pdf)

Papa F, Windbichler N, Lawniszak M, Waterhouse RM, Cagnetti A, D’Amato R,Presampieri T, Nolan T, Papathanos PA

A CRISPR-Cas9 sex-ratio distortion system for genetic control

Scientific Reports 2016 Aug (pdf)

Galizi R, Hammond A, Kyrou, O’Loughlin SM, Papathanos PA, Taxiarchi C, Bernardini F, Nolan T, Windbichler N, Crisanti A.

Radical remodeling of the Y chromosome in a recent species radiation of malaria mosquitoes.

PNAS; 2016 Apr (pdf)

Hall AB*, Papathanos PA*, Sharma A*, Cheng C*, Akbari OS, Assour L, Bergman NH, Cagnetti A, Crisanti A, Dottorini T, Fiorentini E, Galizi R, Hnath J, Jiang X, Koren S, Nolan T, Radune D, Sharakhova MV, Steele A, Timoshevskiy VA, Windbichler N, Zhang S, Hahn MW, Phillippy AM, Emrich SJ, Sharakhov IV, Tu ZJ, Besansky NJ.

Targeting the X chromosome during spermatogenesis induces Y chromosome transmission ratio distortion and early dominant embryo lethality in Anopheles gambiae

PLoS Genetics; 2008 Dec (old but awesome)

Windbichler N*, Papathanos PA*, Crisanti A.