Welcome to the Institute of Population Genetics of Vetmeduni Vienna!
Congratulations to Ágnes Jónás on her successful PhD thesis defense: "Inferring evolutionary trajectories from time series data".
"Reconstruction of haplotype-blocks selected during experimental evolution" explained by S. Franssen, N. Barton and C. Schlötterer in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Link to publication [Link 1]
This year's retreat led us to Altaussee for talks, networking and socialising. Link to group foto [Link 2]
Congratulations to our PhD student Juraj Bergmann [Link 3] for receiving Erasmus and Vetmeduni grants for a 6-month research stay at the University of Sussex.
"A novel method for quantifying the rate of embryogenesis uncovers considerable genetic variation for the duration of embryonic development in Drosophila melanogaster" by B. Horvath, A.J. Betancourt and A.T. Kalinka is now online at BMC Evolutionary Biology. Link to publication [Link 4]
Congratulations to our student Benjamin Fürnsinn who successfully passed the final exam of the Bachelor's Programme in Biomedicine and Biotechnology with the highest grade possible.
"Suitability of Different Mapping Algorithms for Genome-wide Polymorphism Scans with Pool-Seq Data" by R. Kofler, A.M. Langmüller, P. Nouhaud, K.A. Otte and C. Schlötterer: now online in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. Link to publication [Link 5]
An intense month at the population genetics introductory course for our new PhD students, and guest ESRs from the BINGO training network [Link 6], from Austria, Germany, Portugal and Greece. Read more [Link 7]
Link to course
"Ancestral population reconstitution from isofemale lines as a tool for experimental evolution" by P. Nouhaud, R. Tobler, V. Nolte and C. Schlötterer is now online in Ecology and Evolution. Link to publication [Link 9]
Genetics recently accepted "Estimating the effective population size from temporal allele frequency changes in experimental evolution" by A. Jónás, T. Taus, C. Kosiol, C. Schlötterer and A. Futschik. Link to publication [Link 10]
"PoPoolationTE2: Comparative Population Genomics of Transposable Elements Using Pool-Seq" by R. Kofler, D. Gómez-Sánchez and C. Schlötterer was accepted by Molecular Biology and Evolution. Link to publication [Link 11]
PhD students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics [Link 12] taught 10-12 year old, curious mini-investigators about evolution and fruit flies in an outreach effort at "Kinderuni".
D. Schrempf and C. Kosiol are part of the collaborative paper "Reversible polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models and their application to tree inference", recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Link to publication [Link 13]
A.M. Jakšić and C. Schlötterer pulished a study about "The interplay of temperature and genotype on patterns of alternative splicing in Drosophila melanogaster" in Genetics. Link to publication [Link 14]
"Improved versions of common estimators of the recombination rate" by K. Gärtner and A. Futschik is now online [Link 15] in the Journal of Computational Biology.
Congratulations to our PhD student Tom Hill! He successfully defended his thesis "Hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila simulans, caused by a rapid global invasion of the P-element". Good luck for your next career step as Postdoc in the US!
"Inference of adaptive gene expression by experimental evolution" was funded by the FWF. Link to grants [Link 16]
The 5th edition of the MIND THE GAP meeting is this year organised by students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, registration is now open: link to meeting website [Link 17]
The yearly SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) meeting was concluded by a Mini-Symposium on April 27, featuring talks by Nick Barton, Brian Charlesworth, Andy Clark, and Jean-Michel Gibert.
Welcome to two new group leaders! Kirsten Senti (website coming up, soon) will add a a wealth of expertise in functional genetics including CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis. His research interest focuses on the battle between transposable elements and their control by the piRNA pathway.
Congratulations also to Robert Kofler [Link 18]. Robert advanced to group leader after the FWF granted his project "Optimizing novel methods for dissecting complex traits".
Congratulations to our former graduate student Raymond Tobler [Link 19]. Ray is currently lead postdoc researcher on the Aboriginal Heritage Project, a collaboration between the Australian Centre of Ancient DNA (ACAD) and the South Australian Museum (SAM), which aims to reconstruct the genetic history of Aboriginal Australia. Ray was recently awarded an Indigenous Discovery Fellowship that will enable his group to further extend the phylogenetic analyses and study paleo-demography and adaptation.
Congratulations to PhD student Dominik Schrempf [Link 20] for a Visiting Grant at Aarhus University!
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Recent press releases
In search of lost genes [Link 25]
Featured in the press
... Link to Falter "Heureka" [Link 27]
... Link to "Die Presse"
... Link to "The New York Times" [Link 29]
... Link to "Der Standard" [Link 30]
... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" [Link 31]