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October 2017

Congratulations to Andrea Fulgione on his succesful defense entitled "Uncovering the early history of a model organism: Arabidopsis thaliana in Africa and in the island of Madeira".

October 2017

We spent the yearly institute retreat at Altaussee for talks, networking and socialising with 36 participants including associated members and guests. Link to group foto [Link 2]

September 2017

Paper accepted in Genome Biology and Evolution by J. Bergman, A. Betancourt and C. Vogl: "Transcription-associated compositional skews in Drosophila genes".
Link to publication [Link 3]

September 2017

An intense month has started for our new PhD students attending the Introductory Course.
Link to DK website
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August 2017

Welcome to this year's high school intern Petra who joins us for 4 weeks to assist in hands-on fly evolution projects.
Link to FFG Talente
 [Link 5]

August 2017

Accepted in Molecular Biology and Evolution: "Quantifying selection with Pool-Seq time series data" by T. Taus, A. Futschik and C. Schlötterer.
Link to publication [Link 6]

August 2017

Several PopGen Vienna members and alumni are currently hosted by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP). Christian Schlötterer was invited to co-coordinate the KITP workshop “Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Nature and the Lab” (July 24 - September 15, 2017). Robert Kofler and Andreas Futschik are also hosted by KITP for the duration of the workshop and are joined by PhD student Anna Maria Langmüller, Postdoc Neda Barghi as well as alumni Claudia Bank and Carolin Kosiol who were all invited to add their expertise.
Link to KITP workshop
 [Link 7]

August 2017

"Regulation of transposable elements: interplay between TE-encoded regulatory sequences and host-specific trans-acting factors in Drosophila melanogaster" by Jakšić, Kofler and Schlötterer is now out in Molecular Ecology.
Link to publication [Link 8]

July 2017

Brandnew paper "Strong epistatic and additive effects of linked candidate SNPs for Drosophila pigmentation have implications for analysis of genome-wide association studies results" now out in Genome Biology:
Link to publication [Link 9]

July 2017

Our PhD students are organising the course "Experimental Evolution: From theory to practice" in November 2017.
Link to course [Link 10]

June 2017

Congratulations to Neda Barghi and Kathrin Otte who each won a "Bright Spark" award! Vetmeduni's "Start-up Bright Spark" programme supports preliminary research of junior scientists in view of future applications for third-party/start-up funding. The funded projects are "The physiological and stress metabolome of natural populations of Drosophila simulans" (K. Otte) and "Investigating the fitness of evolving populations of Drosophila simulans through competition assay" (N. Barghi)

June 2017

Our institute is joining the Vetmeduni's Open Day. Find us at the fruit fly evolution booth and at the Science Cafe. Link to video teaser [Link 11]
Link to Open Day [Link 12]

June 2017

Congratulations to Barbara Horvath-Ellis! She recently defended her PhD thesis: "The genetic and phenotypic basis of adaptive developmental and reproductive traits in Drosophila melanogaster".

May 2017

New paper by Neda Barghi, Ray Tobler, Viola Nolte and Christian Schlötterer: "Drosophila simulans: A Species with Improved Resolution in Evolve and Resequence Studies". Link to publication [Link 13]

May 2017

Congratulations to Dominik Schrempf on his successful PhD defense entitled "Discrete multivariate boundary mutation models and their application to tree inference". 

April 2017

The yearly Scientific Advisory Board meeting featuring presentations and feedback sessions for our PhD students took place from April 19 to 21. On April 22 we joined the March for Science in Vienna. More details here [Link 14]

April 2017

Congratulations to graduate alumnus Ray Tobler on his first Nature paper! Link to publication [Link 15]

January 2017

New paper out by Kathrin Otte and Christian Schlötterer: "Polymorphism-aware protein databases – a pre-requisite for an unbiased proteomic analysis of natural populations" (Molecular Ecology Resources). Link to publication [Link 16]

January 2017

Congratulations to Robert Kofler to his FWF grant "Dynamics of a Natural Transposable Element Invasion in Experimentally Evolving Populations".

Link to news archive [Link 17]


Recent press releases


Party discipline for jumping genes [Link 18]


New software helps to find out why “jumping genes” are activated [Link 19]


DNA with self-interest. Transposable element conquers new strain of fly [Link 20]

Living in the genetic comfort zone: how to avoid the influence of genetic variation [Link 21]


In search of lost genes [Link 22]

High-speed evolution in the lab – Geneticists evaluate cost-effective genome analysis [Link 23]

Featured in the press

... Link to Falter "Heureka" [Link 24]

... Link to "Die Presse"
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... Link to "The New York Times" [Link 26]

... Link to "Der Standard" [Link 27]

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" [Link 28]

Press information

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics in the press: click here [Link 29] for more information. For journalists: please contact the coordinator [Link 30]

Press information of the Vetmeduni Vienna in German [Link 31] and English [Link 32]



Institute of Population Genetics
1210 Vienna, Veterinärplatz 1
Building HA, 4th floor

T +43 1 25077-4301
F +43 1 25077-4390

Link to directions [Link 39]

Link to campus map
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