News-Archive

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August 2018

Now out in Genome Biology: "A simple genetic basis of adaptation to a novel thermal environment results in complex metabolic rewiring in Drosophila" by Mallard, Nolte, Tobler, Kapun and Schlötterer.
Link to publication 2

August 2018

New paper published in PLoS Computational Biology by Vlachos and Kofler: "MimicrEE2: Genome-wide forward simulations of Evolve and Resequencing studies".
Link to publication 3

July 2018

Congratulations to alumnae Johanna Bertl and Claudia Bank: Johanna Bertl was appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University. Claudia Bank, group leader of the Evolutionary Dynamics laboratory at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

July 2018

New paper by L. Endler, J.M. Gibert, V. Nolte  and C. Schlötterer: "Pleiotropic effects of regulatory variation in tan result in correlation of two pigmentation traits in Drosophila melanogaster" in Molecular Ecology.
Link to publication 4

July 2018

Christopher Willett, Research Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is visiting us for three weeks. Chris investigates genetic variation underlying speciation and adaptation and studies the genes that interact deleteriously to generate postzygotic reproductive isolation in a copepod system. He also looks at thermal tolerance and its potential interactions with reproductive isolation in collaboration with members of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics.

June 2018

Accepted in Genome Biology and Evolution: "Re-adapting to DCV infection without Wolbachia: frequency changes of Drosophila anti-viral alleles can replace endosymbiont protection" by Faria, Martins, Schlötterer & Sucena.
Link to publication 5

June 2018

Congratulations to PhD student Anna Maria Langmüller! She received one of the prestigious Marshall Plan Foundation grants to support her research stay in the US. Anna will spend 6 months in the group of Philipp Messer at Cornell as visiting student researcher to work on population dynamics of CRISPR gene drives.

June 2018

Congratulations to Juraj Bergman who just successfully defended his PhD thesis "Inference of population genetic parameters in putatively unselected sites" on June 5, 2018 at Vetmeduni Vienna. All the best wishes for your postdoc career, Juraj!

May 2018

Mini-Symposium "Frontiers of Population Genetics" upcoming on May 9th at Lecture Hall B.
Link to event 6

May 2018

Publication now out by R. Kofler, K.-A. Senti, V. Nolte, R. Tobler and C. Schlötterer: "Molecular dissection of a natural transposable element invasion" in Genome Research.
Link to publication 7

April 2018

New paper by M. Lirakis, M. Dolezal and C. Schlötterer "Redefining reproductive dormancy in Drosophila as a general stress response to cold temperatures" in Journal of Insect Physiology.
Link to publication 8

March 2018

F. Mallard, A.M. Jakšić and C. Schlötterer are "Contesting the evidence for non-adaptive plasticity" in Nature!
Link to publication 9

March 2018

During a solemn ceremony, PhD alumnus Dominik Schrempf graduated "sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae", Austria’s highest possible honor for graduates who have excelled throughout their education and studies. Dominik is the first ever graduate of Vetmeduni Vienna to receive the prestigious ring of honor from the President of Austria. Congratulations, Dominik!
Link to press release 10

March 2018

Congratulations to PhD student Ana Marija Jakšić, one of 8 selected finalists to present a talk in the Walter M. Fitch Symposium at this year’s SMBE meeting in Yokohama. Finalists receive a one-year, online MBE subscription and travel support for attending the meeting. Ana Marija will speak about "Re-thinking a classic clinal trait: Pleiotropic consequences of thermally adaptive dopamine on pigmentation clines in Drosophila" during the competition for the Walter M. Fitch Prize (US $2000).
Link to award 11

March 2018

"High-throughput fecundity measurements in Drosophila" is now published in Scientific Reports by P. Nouhaud, F. Mallard, R. Poupardin, N. Barghi and C. Schlötterer
Link to publication 12

January 2018

Out today by Felkel et al.: "Asian horses deepen the MSY phylogeny" in Animal Genetics
Link to publication 13

December 2017

Accepted: "The genetics of egg retention and fertilization success in Drosophila: One step closer to understanding the transition from facultative to obligate viviparity" by B. Horváth and A.T. Kalinka (Evolution)
Link to publication 14

December 2017

This year's Xmas party treated us to an Irish dance workshop and an Indian dinner. It was a fun evening with 35 PopGen participants.

December 2017

In press: "Inference in population genetics using forward and backward, discrete and continuous time processes" by J. Bergman, D. Schrempf, C. Kosiol and C. Vogl (J Theor Biol)
Link to publication 15

December 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Martin Pontz for receiving one of the prestigious Marshall Plan Foundation grants to support his research stay at Standford University, USA. Martin will spend 3 months in the group of Marc Feldman as visiting student researcher to collaborate on multilocus models in population genetics.

November 2017

Congratulations to PopGen Vienna alumnus Christian Huber, currently postdoc at UCLA. Christian received one of the prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards 2018 by the Australian Research Council. He'll soon join the group of alumnus Ray Tobler at the University of Adelaide.

November 2017

One more November paper, published by Daniel Gómez-Sánchez D and Christian Schlötterer: "ReadTools: a universal toolkit for handling sequence data from different sequencing platforms."
Link to publication 16

November 2017

Robert Kofler just published "SimulaTE: Simulating complex landscapes of transposable elements of populations" in Bioinformatics.
Link to publication 17

November 2017

Fresh paper out by Ray Tobler, Viola Nolte and Christian Schlötterer in PNAS: "High rate of translocation-based gene birth on the Drosophila Y chromosome".
Link to publication 18
Link to press release 19

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 20

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 21

September 2017

An intense month has started for our new PhD students attending the Introductory Course.
Link to DK website 22

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 23

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 24

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 25

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 26

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 27

July 2017

Our PhD students are organising the course "Experimental Evolution: From theory to practice" in November 2017.
Link to course 28

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 29
Link to Open Day 30

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 31

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 1

April 2017

Congratulations to graduate alumnus Ray Tobler on his first Nature paper! Link to publication 32

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 33

January 2017

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

December 2016

Alumnus Tom Hill received one of the prestigious excellence awards for outstanding dissertations, bestowed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, for his thesis entitled "Hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila simulans, caused by a rapid global invasion of the P-element". Congratulations!

December 2016

On December 2nd we met for this year's Xmas event. Everyone acted as Secret Santa mug-painter for a colleague, followed by dinner at a microbrewery. We’ll swap the creative and beautiful ceramic mugs during a get-together before the Christmas break.

November 2016

Congratulations to postdoc Kathrin Otte for her DFG research fellowship entitled "Evolution of the Drosophila simulans proteome in response to adaptation to a novel temperature environment".

November 2016

New publication in Heredity: S. Franssen, R. Kofler and C. Schlötterer: "Uncovering the genetic signature of quantitative trait evolution with replicated time series data". Link to publication 34

November 2016

Our institute won both categories (age classes below/above 35) for this year's ranking of highest citation numbers at non-clinical institutes of the University! Congratulations to Susanne Franssen and Christian Schlötterer! Link to news 35

November 2016

80 international participants at the "Mind The Gap 5" meeting, organised by our PhD students. Link to event 36

October 2016

Congratulations to Ágnes Jónás on her successful PhD thesis defense: "Inferring evolutionary trajectories from time series data". 

October 2016

"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 37

October 2016

This year's retreat led us to Altaussee for talks, networking and socialising. Link to group foto 38

October 2016

Congratulations to our PhD student Juraj Bergmann 39 for receiving Erasmus and Vetmeduni grants for a 6-month research stay at the University of Sussex.

October 2016

"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 40

September 2016

We're sad to see group leader Andrea Betancourt leave but wish her all the best for her next career step at the Institute of Integrative Biology at University of Liverpool.

September 2016

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.

September 2016

"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 41

September 2016

An intense month at the population genetics introductory course for our new PhD students, and guest ESRs from the BINGO training network 42, from Austria, Germany, Portugal and Greece. Read more 43
Link to course 22

September 2016

"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 44

August 2016

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 45

August 2016

"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 46

July 2016

PhD students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics 47 taught 10-12 year old, curious mini-investigators about evolution and fruit flies in an outreach effort at "Kinderuni".

July 2016

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 48

July 2016

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 49

July 2016

"Improved versions of common estimators of the recombination rate" by K. Gärtner and A. Futschik is now online 50 in the Journal of Computational Biology.

June 2016

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!

June 2016

"Inference of adaptive gene expression by experimental evolution" was funded by the FWF. Link to grants 51

May 2016

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 36

April 2016

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.

March 2016

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 52. Robert advanced to group leader after the FWF granted his project "Optimizing novel methods for dissecting complex traits".

February 2016

Congratulations to our former graduate student Raymond Tobler 53. 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.

January 2016

Congratulations to PhD student Dominik Schrempf for a Visiting Grant at Aarhus University!

December 2015

New joint Master's program launched: Link to Evolutionary Systems Biology 54

December 2015

PopGen Christmas party: we celebrated a successful year with ice skating and dinner on December 4th.

November 2015

Congratulations to our PhD student Thomas Taus 55, awardee of a DOC scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)!

November 2015

We're proud of Raymond Tobler 56 who successfully defended his thesis "Adaptation to Thermal Stress in Experimental Drosophila Populations".

October 2015

Three of our PhD students featured in Falter's "Heureka" 57 (p.4)

October 2015

This year's retreat was at Feuerkogel. Talks, networking and hiking at 1592 m. Link to group foto 58

September 2015

Introductory course 22 for PhD students ongoing during September.

SMBE 2015

SMBE 2015 at Hofburg was a big success with more than 1400 participants from around the world.
Link to Vetmeduni News 59
Link to SMBE 2015 60

Burger Group news
The Burger lab has moved to Vetmeduni's Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology. 61

Alumna appointed PI at Gulbenkian Institute (PT)

Congratulations to former graduate student Claudia Bank 62 to her group leader 63 position!

Vetmeduni Open Day

Our PhD students represented the institute at the "Tag der offenen Tür".
Link to PopGen Vienna news 1

PhD defense

Congratulations to Nicola Palmieri who successfully defended his PhD!

Vetmeduni Vienna poster prize

... goes to institute member Elmira Mohandesan (link to Burger lab) for her poster entitled "The first draft of the mitochondrial genome of the wild and early domestic Arabian Camel (Camelus dromedarius) reconstructed from ancient DNA". Congratulations!

EMBO fellow

Fernando Diaz spends his three-month EMBO fellowship at the institute.
Link to Vetmeduni News 64

Xmas Party 2014

We had much fun at an Irish Ceili dance workshop and a social "Beisl" dinner. Read more at the following link.
Link to Xmas Party 1

PhD defenses 2014

During November and December we celebrated 5 PhD defenses! We're congratulate Daniel Fabian, Johanna Bertl, Christian Huber, Ludwig Geroldinger and Martina Galikova and wish them all the best for their Postdoc careers.

Alumni Symposium 2014

Our first Alumni Symposium on November 5, 2014, featured research updates of former and current institute members.
Link to Alumni Symposium 65

Retreat 2014

We enjoyed a sunny weekend with talks, hiking, climbing and socialising at a hut village in altaussee (Styria). Link to Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics 66

Press coverage about our research

... Link to "The New York Times" 67

... Link to "Der Standard" 68

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" 69

Alumnus Pablo Orozco-terWengel lecturer at Cardiff University.

We congratulate our former PhD student Pablo 70 to his next career step!

October 2014

PhD retreat at Altaussee

September 2014 2014

Introductory course for PhD students

September 2014

Welcome Event for new PhD students

September 2014

Research visit of Bertanne Visser

Summer 2014

Four high-school interns are hosted at the institute this year

January 2014

PhD defense of Peter Klepsatel

December 2013

Institute X-mas event: Mug painting and social dinner

September 2013

Institute retreat at Altaussee

September 2013

PhD defense of Nicola De Maio

August 2013

Visiting scientist: Christopher S. Willett (University North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

June 2013

PhD defense of Martin Kapun

April 2012

Poster Award for PhD student Agnes Jonas at the 23rd annual MASAMB workshop 71 (Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology) in London

January 2013

Visiting PhD student: Mads Fristrup Schou (Loeschcke group at the section of Integrative Ecology and Evolution at Aarhus University, Denmark)

December 2012

Institute X-mas event: bowling and social dinner

December 2012

We're proud of our PhD students who successfully defended their thesis during the year: Florian Clemente and Pauline Charruau!

November 2012

Group Leader Thomas Flatt moved to the University of Lausanne - we miss him and wish them best of success!

October 2012

Institute Retreat at Feuerkogel!

September 2012

Introductory course for PhD students: info at http://www.popgen-vienna.at/ 72

September 2012

We welcome our new postdocs and PhD students!

July 2012

Pia joined the institute again as summer intern (Talente program 73)

July 2012

Visiting scientist: Nelson Martins (Gulbenkian Institute of Science)

July 2012

PhD defense of Claudia Bank (Hermisson/Schlötterer groups)

June 2012

We participate at the Open University Day 74 of the Vetmeduni Vienna

May 2012

PhD defense of Corinna Hopfen (McGregor lab)

May 2012

Mini-Symposium: Frontiers of Population Genetics 1

March 2012

Visiting scientist: Deniz Erezyilmaz (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Princeton University)

March 2012

Group leader Thomas Flatt is invited to spend three months at the Institute for Advanced Study Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

February 2012

Head of institute, Christian Schlötterer, received an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant for five years.

February 2012

Christopher S. Willett, assistant professor at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, decided to stay with us during his sabbatical until August 2012.

December 2011

Christmas event: ice skating and social dinner.

October 2011

Bryant McAllister, evolutionary geneticist and associate professor at the University of Iowa, spends his Fulbright sabbatical at the institute until end of January 2012.

October 2011

Yearly retreat in the Austrian Alps.

September 2011

Call 2012 for PhD positions at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is open now. http://www.popgen-vienna.at/ 72 72

July 2011

Janine and Pia joined the institute as summer interns (Talente program 73)

May 2011

NGS workshop 75

May 2011

new book 76 edited by Thomas Flatt: "Mechanisms of Life History Evolution" 76

April 2011

Alistair McGregor moved to Oxford Brookes University- we already miss him and his group and wish them best of success!

February 2011

The Call for PhD positions is now closed. http://www.popgen-vienna.at/ 72

November 2010

The 2011 Call for PhD positions at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is open now. http://www.popgen-vienna.at/ 72 72

April 2010

Call for PhD positions at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics (FWF DK+) is open now. http://www.popgen-vienna.at/ 72 72

January 2010

Thomas Flatt elected to the Board of Deciding Editors for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

December 2009

As part of the giant panda genome consortium Carolin Kosiol has published 'The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome' in Nature. www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nature08696.html 77

December 2009

PhD program DK+ Population Genetics funded by the FWF.
Speaker: Christian Schlötterer

November 2009

1st evolVienna 78 meeting.

September 2009

Alistair McGregor awarded European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant for project 'Evolution of sensory organ morphology: genetic analysis of eye size evolution in Drosophila'.

September 2009

The Institut für Populationsgenetik welcomes Professor Artyom Kopp on sabbatical until February 2010.

July 2009

The Institut für Populationsgenetik welcomes new group leader Nayuta Yamashita.

April 2009

Thomas Flatt awarded FWF Stand alone grant for proposal to investigate 'Germline regulation of Drosophila aging through steroid hormone signaling'.

  

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