Latest publications

Barghi, Tobler, Nolte, Jakšić, Mallard, Otte, Dolezal, Taus, Kofler and Schlötterer
Genetic redundancy fuels polygenic adaptation in Drosophila
PLOS Biology

​​​​​​​Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Barghi, Mallard, Otte, Schlötterer, Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Barghi, Mallard, Otte and Schlötterer
A 24 h age difference causes twice as much gene expression divergence as 100 generations of adaptation to a novel environment

Fabian, Garschall, Klepsatel, Santos-Matos, Sucena, Kapun, Lemaitre, Schlötterer, Arking and Flatt
Evolution of longevity improves immunity in Drosophila
Evolution Letters

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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 2

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 3

January 2019

Phd student Anna Maria Langmüller 4, currently at Cornell Univ., is co-author of a new Genetics paper: "Maximum likelihood estimation of fitness components in experimental evolution." 
Link to publication 5

January 2019

Ilse Höllinger 6 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 7 (Section 'Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics').

December 2018

Call for PhD students is open. Apply by February 14, 2019. Details at 8

December 2018

A merry crowd of 40 students, postdocs and faculty of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics had a great night out for ice skating and dinner.

December 2018

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics 8, our PhD program, just got prolonged by the FWF!

December 2018

Congratulations to associated faculty alumna Andrea Betancourt 9, now at Univ. of Liverpool, on receiving a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant!

December 2018

Congratulations to Gökce Aköz 10 on winning the 2018 Poster Challenge at Vetmeduni Vienna! Her poster on "Genome duplication in Aquilegia and the unique history of chromosome four" won the 1st prize award.

Group leader Carolin Kosiol 11 received Vetmeduni's scientist of the year 2018 award (category non-clinical research). Congrats Carolin!

November 2018

PhD alumnus Derek Setter 12 recently defend his thesis "Detecting signals of adaptive introgression" at University of Vienna. All the best wishes for your postdoc career in Edinburgh, Derek!

November 2018

Fabian, Garschall, Klepsatel, Santos-Matos, Sucena, Kapun, Lemaitre, Schlötterer, Arking and Flatt: "Evolution of longevity improves immunity in Drosophila" is now available in Evolution Letters.
Link to publication 13

November 2018

"Dynamics of transposable element invasions with piRNA clusters" now available at bioRxiv.
Link to publication 14

October 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kofler 15 on completing his habilitation procedure at Vetmeduni Vienna!

October 2018

Howie, Mazzucco, Taus, Nolte and Schlötterer: "DNA motifs are not general predictors of recombination in two Drosophila sister species", now out in bioRxiv.
Link to publication 16

October 2018

A new bioRxiv paper is available by Höllinger, Pennings and Hermisson: "Polygenic Adaptation: From sweeps to subtle frequency shifts".
Link to publication 17

October 2018

PhD student Shuwen Xia (Wageningen University & Research) is visiting us for 6 weeks in the framework of the BINGO 18 training network to collaborate with members of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics. During her stay, she will work on RNA-seq data for a Drosophila melanogaster population in a new temperature regime.

October 2018

Congratulations Nayuta Yamashita 19 on her FWF grant "Food material properties and jaw loading in wild lemurs".

October 2018

PopGen Vienna alumna Ana Marija Jakšić 20 received a prestigious Award of Excellence for outstanding dissertations, bestowed by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, for her thesis "Thermal plasticity of the Drosophila transcriptome". Congratulations!

October 2018

We had a great time at the yearly PhD retreat at Altaussee for talks, discussing, hiking and socialising with 32 participants including associated members and guests.
Link to group foto 21

September 2018

We're organising the SMBE satellite meeting ‘Towards an integrated concept of adaptation: uniting molecular population genetics and quantitative genetics’ from Feb. 11-14, 2019, at Vetmeduni Vienna! Registration and abstract submission is open. 
Link to meeting website 22

September 2018

PopGen Vienna turns 10 this year! We're celebrating this very special anniversary during a one-day alumni symposium on September 7, 2018 at Vetmeduni Vienna.
Link to symposium 23

August 2018

Ana Marija Jakšić recently defend her thesis entitled "Thermal plasticity of the Drosophila transcriptome". Congratulations, and all the best wishes for your postdoc career in Cornell, Ana Marija!

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 24

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 25

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 26

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 27

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 28

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 29

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 30

March 2018

F. Mallard, A.M. Jakšić and C. Schlötterer are "Contesting the evidence for non-adaptive plasticity" in Nature!
Link to publication 31

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 32

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 33

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 34

January 2018

Out today by Felkel et al.: "Asian horses deepen the MSY phylogeny" in Animal Genetics
Link to publication 35


Link to news archive 36


Selected press releases


Baboons provide new insights into the evolution of the genome 37


Fruit flies adapt to climate change through metabolic rewiring  38


Alumnus Dominik Schrempf received Austria's highest possible honor for excellent study success 32


New genes on “deteriorating” Y chromosome 39

Party discipline for jumping genes 40


New software helps to find out why “jumping genes” are activated 41


DNA with self-interest. Transposable element conquers new strain of fly 42

Living in the genetic comfort zone: how to avoid the influence of genetic variation 43


In search of lost genes 44

High-speed evolution in the lab – Geneticists evaluate cost-effective genome analysis 45

Featured in the press

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Press information

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics in the press: click here 56 for more information. For journalists: please contact the coordinator 57

Press information of the Vetmeduni Vienna in German 58 and English 59



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