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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.  2

April 2020

New preprints: Törmä, Burny, Nolte, Senti and Schlötterer:
Transcription-coupled repair in Drosophila melanogaster is independent of the mismatch repair pathway. 3

Törmä, Burny and Schlötterer:
Reversed sex-biased mutation rates for indels and base substitutions in Drosophila melanogaster. 4

March 2020

GBE papers accepted:

piRNA clusters need a minimum threshold size to control transposable element invasions. 5

Burny, Nolte, Nouhaud, Dolezal and Schlötterer:
Secondary evolve and re-sequencing: an experimental confirmation of putative selection targets without phenotyping. 6

March 2020

New preprint: Wierzbicki, Schwarz, Cannalonga and Kofler:
Generating high quality assemblies for genomic analysis of transposable elements. 7

February 2020

eLife paper out by Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Lirakis, Kofler, Barghi, Versace and Schlötterer: Rapid sex-specific adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila. 8
Link to press release 9

February 2020

Congratulations to three alumni on their career advances: 

Ana Marija Jakšić 10 (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 11 (currently ARC DECRA fellow at the University of Adelaide) accepted a faculty position at Penn State. 

Alumna Polina Novikova 12 (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. 13

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. 14

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 15 (Univ. of Liverpool) was promoted to Professor! Congratulations, Andrea!

December 2019

Congratulations to Thomas Taus 16 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 17

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 18

Link to news feature Vetmeduni 19

October 2019

We recently enoyed the yearly PhD retreat at Altaussee for talks, discussing, hiking and socialising with 38 participants including associated members and guests.
Link to group foto 20

September 2019

Thomas Wolfe 21 and Sabine Felkel 22 successfully defended their PhD theses - Congratulations and all the best for your postdoc research!

September 2019

New pre-print by Langmüller and Schlötterer available: Low concordance of short-term and long-term selection responses in experimental Drosophila populations.
Link to publication 23

August 2019

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is organizing an experimental evolution workshop in December. Application is open until end of September 2019.
Link to "Experimental evolution: bringing theory and practice together" 18

August 2019

Three new papers have just come out:

Vlachos, Burny, Pelizzola, Borges, Futschik, Kofler and Schlötterer: Benchmarking software tools for detecting and quantifying selection in evolve and resequencing studies.
Link to publication 24

Vlachos and Kofler: Optimizing the power to identify the genetic basis of complex traits with Evolve and Resequence studies. 
Link to publication 25

Borges, Szöllősi and Kosiol: Quantifying GC-biased gene conversion in great ape genomes using polymorphism-aware models.
Link to publication 26

August 2019

Three bioRxiv pre-prints have been published:

Weilguny, Vlachos, Selvaraju and Kofler: Reconstructing the invasion route of DNA transposons using extant population samples.
Link to publication 27

Christodoulaki, Barghi and Schlötterer: Distance to trait optimum is a crucial factor determining the genomic signature of polygenic adaptation. 
Link to publication 28

Burny, Nolte, Nouhaud, Dolezal and Schlötterer: Secondary evolve and re-sequencing: an experimental confirmation of putative selection targets without phenotyping.
Link to publication 29

July 2019

Review online by Lirakis and Magalhães: Does experimental evolution produce better biological control agents? 
Link to publication 30

July 2019

Two new pre-prints are now available:
Barghi and Schlötterer: Distinct patterns of selective sweeps and polygenic adaptation.
Link to publication 31

Otte and Schlötterer: A generalised approach to detect selected haplotype blocks in Evolve and Resequence experiments.
Link to publication 32

June 2019

Paper out by Borges, Szöllősi and Kosiol: Quantifying GC-biased gene conversion in great ape genomes using polymorphism-aware models.
Link to publication 33

May 2019

New collaborative pre-print by Vlachos, Burny, Pelizzola, Borges, Futschik, Kofler and Schlötterer: Benchmarking software tools for detecting and quantifying selection in Evolve and Resequencing studies. 
Link to publication 34

May 2019

Paper by Lukas Weilguny and Robert Kofler is now published in Molecular Ecology Resources: "DeviaTE: Assembly‐free analysis and visualization of mobile genetic element composition".
Link to publication 35

April 2019

New publication by Felkel et al.: "The horse Y chromosome as an informative marker for tracing sire lines."
Link to publication 36

April 2019

Just out in GBE: A recombination map of D. simulans - new paper by James M Howie, Rupert Mazzucco, Thomas Taus, Viola Nolte and Christian Schlötterer: "DNA motifs are not general predictors of recombination in two Drosophila sister species".
Link to publication 37

April 2019

Robert Kolfer just published "Dynamics of transposable element invasions with piRNA clusters" in MBE.
Link to publication 38 
Link to press release 39

April 2019

Congratulations to our Alumna Claudia Bank 40, group leader of the Evolutionary Dynamics laboratory 41 at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), on winning the SMBE Allan Wilson Junior Award 2019!

March 2019

PLoS Genetics paper published by Höllinger, Pennings and Hermisson: Polygenic adaptation: From sweeps to subtle frequency shifts.
Link to publication 42

March 2019

New pre-print by Jakšić, Karner, Nolte, Hsu, Barghi, Mallard, Otte, Svečnjak, Senti and Schlötterer: Neuronal function and dopamine signaling evolve at high temperature in Drosophila.
Link to publication 43

March 2019

Congratulations to alumnus Jun Chen on his faculty position at the Department of Ecology of Zhejiang University!

March 2019

New pre-print by Vlachos and Kofler: Optimizing the power to identify the genetic basis of complex traits with Evolve and Resequence studies.
Link to publication 44

February 2019

Barghi and Schlötterer published a perspective on the shift in data analysis from SNPs to selected haplotype blocks in Molecular Ecology.
Link to publication 45

February 2019

Bergman and Eyre-Walker just published in Molecular Biology and Evolution: "Does adaptive protein evolution proceed by large or small steps at the amino acid level?"
Link to publication 46

Febrary 2019

New publication by Barghi, Tobler, Nolte, Jakšić, Mallard, Otte, Dolezal, Taus, Kofler and Schlötterer: "Genetic redundancy fuels polygenic adaptation in Drosophila" in PLOS Biology.
Link to publication 47
Link to press release 48

February 2019

Paper just out by Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Barghi, Mallard, Otte and Schlötterer in Genes: "A 24 h age difference causes twice as much gene expression divergence as 100 generations of adaptation to a novel environment." 
Link to publication 49

January 2019

Phd student Anna Maria Langmüller 50, currently at Cornell Univ., is co-author of a new Genetics paper: "Maximum likelihood estimation of fitness components in experimental evolution." 
Link to publication 51

January 2019

Ilse Höllinger 52 just defended her thesis "Mathematical models of speciation and polygenic adaptation" at University of Vienna. Congratulations, and all the best for your further career!

January 2019

Robert Kofler has become editorial board member of Genes 53 (Section 'Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics').


Link to news archive 54


Pressemeldungen Vetmeduni Vienna


Schnelle geschlechtsspezifische Anpassung an hohe Temperaturen bei Drosophila 55


Experimental Evolution Course 2019 19

Schädliche DNA geht häufig in die Falle 56

Vorteilhafte Mutationen im Überfluss 57

Paviane eröffnen neue Einblicke in die Evolution des Genoms 58


Fruchtfliegen kontern Klimawandel durch Stoffwechselumstellung 59  60

Bundespräsident Van der Bellen verleiht ersten Ehrenring „sub Auspiciis“ an Absolventen der Vetmeduni Vienna 61


Frische Gene auf dem „verfallenden“ Y-Chromosom​​​​​​​ 62

Clubzwang für springende Gene​​​​​​​ 63


Neue Software entschlüsselt, warum „springende Gene“ aktiv werden​​​​​​​ 64


Invasion der genetischen Egoisten - Transposon erobert neuen Fliegenstamm​​​​​​​ 65

Gene in der Komfortzone - Umwelteinflüsse steuern Genexpression 66


Das Schicksal der Gene erforscht​​​​​​​ 67

Highspeed-Evolution im Labor – GenetikerInnen evaluieren kostengünstige Genomanalyse 68

Ausgewählte Pressemeldungen

... Link to "Der Standard" 69

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... Link to Falter "Heureka" 71

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... Link to "The New York Times" 73

... Link to "Der Standard" 74

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" 75

... Link to "Die Zeit" 76

... Link to "Der Standard" 77

... Link to "Die Presse" 78

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics in the press: click here 79 for more information.



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