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June 2020

Just out in Nature Reviews Genetics by Barghi, Hermisson and Schlötterer:
Polygenic adaptation: a unifying framework to understand positive selection. 2

New preprints:
Otte, Nolte, Mallard, Schlötterer:
The adaptive architecture is shaped by population ancestry and not by selection regime. 3

Schwarz, Wierzbicki, Senti and Kofler:
Tirant stealthily invaded natural Drosophila melanogaster populations during the last century.  4

May 2020

Congratulations to alumna Claudia Bank 5 on her appointment as professor at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern!

May 2020

Paper published in Frontiers in Genetics by Mazzucco, Nolte, Vijayan and Schlötterer:
Long-term dynamics among Wolbachia strains during thermal adaptation of their Drosophila melanogaster hosts.  6

April 2020

New preprints: Törmä, Burny, Nolte, Senti and Schlötterer:
Transcription-coupled repair in Drosophila melanogaster is independent of the mismatch repair pathway. 7

Törmä, Burny and Schlötterer:
Reversed sex-biased mutation rates for indels and base substitutions in Drosophila melanogaster. 8

March 2020

GBE papers accepted:

piRNA clusters need a minimum threshold size to control transposable element invasions. 9

Burny, Nolte, Nouhaud, Dolezal and Schlötterer:
Secondary evolve and re-sequencing: an experimental confirmation of putative selection targets without phenotyping. 10

March 2020

New preprint: Wierzbicki, Schwarz, Cannalonga and Kofler:
Generating high quality assemblies for genomic analysis of transposable elements. 11

February 2020

eLife paper out by Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Lirakis, Kofler, Barghi, Versace and Schlötterer: Rapid sex-specific adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila. 12
Link to press release 13

February 2020

Congratulations to three alumni on their career advances: 

Ana Marija Jakšić 14 (currently at Cornell Univ.) accepted a group leader position at the EPFL in Lausanne to work on experimental evolution of the cognitive brain in flies. 

PopGen Vienna alumnus Christian Huber 15 (currently ARC DECRA fellow at the University of Adelaide) accepted a faculty position at Penn State. 

Alumna Polina Novikova 16 (currently Postdoc at Ghent Univ.) will open her lab at MPIPZ in cologne in September.

February 2020

Papers out:
Borges and Kosiol in J. Theor. Biol.:
Consistency and identifiability of the polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models. 17

Spitzer, Pelizzola and Futschik in Annals of Applied Statistics:
Modifying the Chi-square and the CMH test for population genetic inference: adapting to over-dispersion. 18

January 2020

To conclude the old and welcome the new year, 34 members of the institute and the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics had a fun and creative night out - we painted mugs for each other and enjoyed dinner together. 

December 2019

PopGen Vienna faculty alumna Andrea Betancourt 19 (Univ. of Liverpool) was promoted to Professor! Congratulations, Andrea!

December 2019

Congratulations to Thomas Taus 20 who defended his PhD thesis successfully on December 18th, 2020: "Experimental Evolution with Drosophila simulans under Thermal Stress"

December 2019

PopGen Vienna alumnus Andrea Fulgione will start a group leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne in 2020. Congratulations, Andrea!

PopGen Vienna alumnus Tom Hill, currently postdoctoral researcher at Rob Unckless' Lab (Univ. of Kansas) received the KU Research Postdoctoral Achievement Award. Congratulations! Read more here 21

December 2019

Students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics organise the practical course "Experimental evolution: Bringing theory and practice together” from December 2 to 6, 2019 at the Vetmeduni Vienna

Link to course website 22

Link to news feature Vetmeduni 23



Link to news archive 24


Pressemeldungen Vetmeduni Vienna


Schnelle geschlechtsspezifische Anpassung an hohe Temperaturen bei Drosophila 25


Experimental Evolution Course 2019 23

Schädliche DNA geht häufig in die Falle 26

Vorteilhafte Mutationen im Überfluss 27

Paviane eröffnen neue Einblicke in die Evolution des Genoms 28


Fruchtfliegen kontern Klimawandel durch Stoffwechselumstellung 29  30

Bundespräsident Van der Bellen verleiht ersten Ehrenring „sub Auspiciis“ an Absolventen der Vetmeduni Vienna 31


Frische Gene auf dem „verfallenden“ Y-Chromosom​​​​​​​ 32

Clubzwang für springende Gene​​​​​​​ 33


Neue Software entschlüsselt, warum „springende Gene“ aktiv werden​​​​​​​ 34


Invasion der genetischen Egoisten - Transposon erobert neuen Fliegenstamm​​​​​​​ 35

Gene in der Komfortzone - Umwelteinflüsse steuern Genexpression 36


Das Schicksal der Gene erforscht​​​​​​​ 37

Highspeed-Evolution im Labor – GenetikerInnen evaluieren kostengünstige Genomanalyse 38

Ausgewählte Pressemeldungen

... Link to "Der Standard" 39

... Link to "Die Presse" 40

... Link to Falter "Heureka" 41

... Link to "Die Presse" 42

... Link to "The New York Times" 43

... Link to "Der Standard" 44

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" 45

... Link to "Die Zeit" 46

... Link to "Der Standard" 47

... Link to "Die Presse" 48

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics in the press: click here 49 for more information.