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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 [Link 2]

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 [Link 3]

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 [Link 4]

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 [Link 5]

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 [Link 6]

March 2018

F. Mallard, A.M. Jakšić and C. Schlötterer are "Contesting the evidence for non-adaptive plasticity" in Nature!
Link to publication [Link 7]

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 [Link 8]

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 [Link 9]

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 [Link 10]

January 2018

Out today by Felkel et al.: "Asian horses deepen the MSY phylogeny" in Animal Genetics
Link to publication [Link 11]

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 [Link 12]

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 [Link 13]

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 [Link 14]

November 2017

Robert Kofler just published "SimulaTE: Simulating complex landscapes of transposable elements of populations" in Bioinformatics.
Link to publication [Link 15]

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 [Link 16]
Link to press release [Link 17]

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 18]

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 19]

September 2017

An intense month has started for our new PhD students attending the Introductory Course.
Link to DK website
 [Link 20]

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 21]

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 22]

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 23]

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 24]

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 25]

July 2017

Our PhD students are organising the course "Experimental Evolution: From theory to practice" in November 2017.
Link to course [Link 26]

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 27]
Link to Open Day [Link 28]

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 29]

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 30]

April 2017

Congratulations to graduate alumnus Ray Tobler on his first Nature paper! Link to publication [Link 31]

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 32]

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 33]

 
 

Selected press releases

2018

Alumnus Dominik Schrempf received Austria's highest possible honor for excellent study success [Link ]

2017

New genes on “deteriorating” Y chromosome [Link 34]

Party discipline for jumping genes [Link 35]

2016

New software helps to find out why “jumping genes” are activated [Link 36]

2015

DNA with self-interest. Transposable element conquers new strain of fly [Link 37]

Living in the genetic comfort zone: how to avoid the influence of genetic variation [Link 38]

2014

In search of lost genes [Link 39]

High-speed evolution in the lab – Geneticists evaluate cost-effective genome analysis [Link 40]

Featured in the press

... Link to "BioTechniques" News [Link 41]

... Link to "Die Presse" [Link 42]

... Link to Falter "Heureka" [Link 43]

... Link to "Die Presse"
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... Link to "The New York Times" [Link 45]

... Link to "Der Standard" [Link 46]

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" [Link 47]

... Link to "Die Zeit" [Link 48]

... Link to "Der Standard" [Link 49]

... Link to "Die Presse" [Link 50]

Press information

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics in the press: click here [Link 51] for more information. For journalists: please contact the coordinator [Link 52]

Press information of the Vetmeduni Vienna in German [Link 53] and English [Link 54]

 
 
 
 

Contact

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 61]

Link to campus map
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