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October 2020

Congratulations to Gökce Aköz 2 on successfully defending her thesis "Rediscovering Aquilegia as a model system while chasing chromosome four" during a virtual exam.

New GBE paper: Mallard, Nolte and Schlötterer:
The evolution of phenotypic plasticity in response to temperature stress. 3

September 2020

Due to the pandemic, our PopGen Vienna seminars will turn into webinars for the upcoming Winter term. Schedule and information available here 4.

25th DZG Graduate Meeting Evolutionary Biology (28 - 30 September, online): Link to website 5

New preprint: Pelizzola, Behr, Li, Munk and Futschik:
Multiple haplotype reconstruction from allele frequency data.  6

GBE paper out by Weilguny, Vlachos, Selvaraju and Kofler:
Reconstructing the invasion route of the P-element in Drosophila melanogaster using extant population samples. 7

August 2020

Article online by Otte and Schlötterer in Molecular Ecology Resources:
Detecting selected haplotype blocks in Evolve and Resequence experiments. 8

Congratulations to Christos Vlachos (Kofler group) on the successful (online) defense of his thesis "Towards the optimization of E&R experiments"

Article published by Langmüller and Schlötterer in Molecular Ecology:
Low concordance of short-term and long-term selection responses in experimental Drosophila populations. 9

New preprint by Borges et al.:
Pervasive selection biases inferences of the species tree. 10

July 2020

GBE paper now published by Barghi and Schlötterer:
Distinct patterns of selective sweep and polygenic adaptation in evolve and resequence studies. 11

June 2020

Just out in Nature Reviews Genetics by Barghi, Hermisson and Schlötterer:
Polygenic adaptation: a unifying framework to understand positive selection. 12

New preprints:
Otte, Nolte, Mallard, Schlötterer:
The adaptive architecture is shaped by population ancestry and not by selection regime. 13

Schwarz, Wierzbicki, Senti and Kofler:
Tirant stealthily invaded natural Drosophila melanogaster populations during the last century.  14


May 2020

Congratulations to alumna Claudia Bank 15 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.  16

MBE paper now accepted:
Jakšić, Karner, Nolte, Hsu, Barghi, Mallard, Otte, Svečnjak, Senti and Schlötterer:
Neuronal function and dopamine signaling evolve at high temperature in Drosophila.  17

April 2020

New preprints: Törmä, Burny, Nolte, Senti and Schlötterer:
Transcription-coupled repair in Drosophila melanogaster is independent of the mismatch repair pathway. 18

Törmä, Burny and Schlötterer:
Reversed sex-biased mutation rates for indels and base substitutions in Drosophila melanogaster. 19

March 2020

GBE papers accepted:

piRNA clusters need a minimum threshold size to control transposable element invasions. 20

Burny, Nolte, Nouhaud, Dolezal and Schlötterer:
Secondary evolve and re-sequencing: an experimental confirmation of putative selection targets without phenotyping. 21

March 2020

New preprint: Wierzbicki, Schwarz, Cannalonga and Kofler:
Generating high quality assemblies for genomic analysis of transposable elements. 22

February 2020

eLife paper out by Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Lirakis, Kofler, Barghi, Versace and Schlötterer: Rapid sex-specific adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila. 23
Link to press release 24

February 2020

Congratulations to three alumni on their career advances: 

Ana Marija Jakšić 25 (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 26 (currently ARC DECRA fellow at the University of Adelaide) accepted a faculty position at Penn State. 

Alumna Polina Novikova 27 (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. 28

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. 29

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

December 2019

Congratulations to Thomas Taus 31 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 32

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 33

Link to news feature Vetmeduni 34



Link to news archive 35



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