Bernardi discovered the genomic code, the set of rules concerning the organization , the function and the evolution of the eukaryotic genome and which is relevant for genome function and evolution. He is the proponent of a neo-selectionist theory of genome evolution which not only provides a solution to the neutralist/selectionist debate, but also introduces an epigenomic component in genome evolution.
MD 1952 (Padua University, Italy); PhD (Physics) 1967 (Strasbourg University, France); “Doctor honoris causa”: 1997, Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (Moscow, Russia); 2003, University of Ancona (Italy); 2012, University of Montevideo (Uruguay).
425 scientific papers (see www.giorgiobernardi.eu and http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=py2ns28AAAAJ&hl=en)
1952-1956: Assistant, Biochemistry Institute. University of Pavia (Exams in Physics)
1957-1959: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Research Council (Ottawa, Canada)
1959-1969: Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolecules (Strasbourg, France)
1970-1997 : Head, Laboratoire de Genetique Moleculaire, Institut Jacques Monod (Paris, France)
1998-2009 : President of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn and Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution (Naples, Italy)
2010-present: Visiting Professor, Department of Science, Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy)