Janisete Gomes da Silva Miller
Fellow Research Productivity of CNPq – Level 2

Full Professor

Campus Soane Nazaré de Andrade, Rodovia Jorge Amado, Km 16, Bairro Salobrinho CEP 45662-900. - Ilhéus/BA

73 3680-5440

Janisete Gomes da Silva Miller has a BSc. in Biological Sciences (Universidade de São Paulo), an MSc. in Biological Sciences (Genetics 1988), and a PhD on Biological Sciences (Genetics) from Universidade de São Paulo/The Pennsylvania State University (USA) (1996).

She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Pennsylvania State University (USA) from 1997 to 2000 with a fellowship from the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA).

At present, she is a full professor at Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz  (2001 to present) and the vice-chair of the Graduate Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UESC. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Board On Biological Sciences and Environment at the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa no Estado da Bahia (FAPESB) (2007-2010).

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Working Group on Fruit Flies of the Western Hemisphere (TWWH) and also of the Steering Committee do International Symposia on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance.

Interest in Research

She has been studying Ecology, Molecular Genetics and Evolution of pest insects of global quarantine significance. Her research has focused on on the use of genetic tools to examine molecular systematics, phylogeography, population genetics, and integrative taxonomy on fruit flies (Tephritidae) and ants (Ponerinae).


She has coordinated and collaborated in projects with funding from Brazilian agencies  (CNPq, FAPESB, EMBRAPA) and international agencies (International Agency of Atomic Energy – IAEA-FAO/ONU) in collaboration with the following institutions in Brazil and abroad:


-  Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA, AM), EMBRAPA (Amapá (AP), Amazônia Oriental (PA), CNPMF (BA), Semiárido (PE)) Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Universidade Federal Rural do Semiárido (UFERSA, RN), Instituto Biológico (Campinas, SP), Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ/USP), Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados (MS).


-  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Florida Department of Agriculture, Ohio State University (USA), University of Pavia (Italy), Instituto de Ecologia A. C. (Mexico), Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA, Argentina), Universidad de Tucumán (Argentina).


Student supervision


She has advised graduate students at the Graduate Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology and the Graduate Program in Zoology at UESC and also  in the Graduate Program in Entomology at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia and at the Universidade Federal do Amapá.



She has extensive experience teaching graduate courses (Scientific Writing, Molecular Biology applied to Zoology) and undergraduate courses (Evolution, Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms).

Most Relevant Articles

Barr, N. B.; Ruiz, R.; Farris, R.; Silva, J. G.; Lima, K. M.; Dutra, V. S; Ronchi-Teles, B.; Kerr, P. H.; Norrbom, A. L.; Nolazco, N.; Thomas, D. B. Identifying seven Anastrepha (Diptera; Tephritidae) species using DNA Barcodes. Journal of Economic Entomology (accepted).


Santos, I.S.; Mariano, C.; DELABIE, J.; COSTA, M. A.; Carvalho Filho, A. F.; SILVA, J. G. Much more than a neck?: Karyotype differentiation between Dolichoderus attelaboides (Fabricius, 1775) and Dolichoderus decollatus Smith, 1858 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and karyotypic diversity of five other Neotropical species of Dolichoderus Lund, 1831. Myrmecological News, v. 23, p. 61-69, 2016.


DIAS, V. S.; Silva, J. G.; Lima, K. M.; Petitinga, C.; Laumann, R.; Hernandez-Ortiz, V.; Paranhos, B.; Uramoto, K.; Zucchi, R. A.; Joachim-Bravo, I. S. An integrative multidisciplinary approach to understanding cryptic divergence in Brazilian species of the Anastrepha fraterculus complex (Diptera: Tephritidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, p. n/a-n/a, 2015.


Manni, M.; Lima, K. M.; Guglielmino, C.; Lanzavecchia, S.; Juri, M.; Vera, T.; Cladera, J.; Scolari, F.; Gomulski, L.; Bonnizoni, M.; Gasperi, G.; SILVA, J. G.; Malacrida, A. Relevant genetic differentiation among Brazilian populations of Anastrepha fraterculus (Diptera, Tephritidae). ZooKeys (Online), v. 540, p. 157-173, 2015.


Meixner, M. D.; McPheron, B. A.; Silva, J. G.; Gasparich, G. E.; Sheppard, W. S. The Mediterranean fruit fly in California: evidence for multiple introductions and persistent populations based on microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA variability. Molecular Ecology, v. 11, p. 891-899, 2002.


Gasparich, G. E.; Silva, J. G.; Han, H.-Y.; McPheron, B. A.; Steck, G. J. ; Sheppard, W. S. . Population Genetic Structure of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) and Implications for Worldwide Colonization Patterns. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, v. 90, p. 790-797, 1997.

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