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July 2021

PhD students Dagny Runarsdottir and Lara Radovic reach out to young researchers at Children's University to explain how populations evolve 2.

Early online in Genome Biol Evol by Langmüller, Dolezal and Schlötterer: Fine mapping without phenotyping: Identification of selection targets in secondary Evolve and Resequence experiments 3.

Paper just out in Genome Biol by Otte, Nolte, Mallard and Schlötterer: The genetic architecture of temperature adaptation is shaped by population ancestry and not by selection regime. 4

Congratulations to alumna Ana Marija Jaksic 5 for having been selected as a runner-up for the prestigious best student paper award for papers published in MBE during 2020 with the paper Neuronal Function and Dopamine Signaling Evolve at High Temperature in Drosophila. 6

June 2021

Paper recently accepted in Mol Ecol Res by Wierzbicki F*, Schwarz F*, Cannalonga O and Kofler R. Novel quality metrics allow identifying and generating high-quality assemblies of piRNA clusters. 7 *shared authorship

Preprint online, co-authored by AM Langmüller: A homing suppression gene drive with multiplexed gRNAs maintains high drive conversion efficiency and avoids functional resistance alleles. 8

Congratulations to Lara Radovic 9 (Wallner group), winner of the student competition (genetics) at the Equine Science Society Virtual Symposium!

May 2021

Scientific Advisory Board meeting going on May 17-20.

Preprint just out: Langmüller et al.: Fitness effects of CRISPR endonucleases in Drosophila melanogaster populations. 10

April 2021

Congratulations to Emmanouil Lyrakis (Schlötterer group) on the highest exam grade for his PhD zoom defense "The physiological and genetic basis of reproductive dormancy in Drosophila fruit flies". We're happy to keep Manolis at the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Platform 11.

New preprints by

Burny, Nolte, Dolezal and Schlötterer C: Highly parallel genomic selection response in replicated Drosophila melanogaster populations with reduced genetic variation. 12

Wölfl B, te Rietmole H, Salvioli M, Kaznatcheev A, Thuijsman F, Brown JS, Burgering B and Staňková K: The contribution of evolutionary game theory to understanding and treating cancer. 13

March 2021

Congratulations to Martin Pontz 14 (Bürger group) on successfully defending his PhD thesis "Effects of epistasis in population genetic two-locus models" online.

Congratulations to Rui Borges 15 on his FWF grant "PoMo-cod: a polymorphism-aware phylogenetic codon model".

Collaborative paper in Sci Rep by Fischer C, Koblmüller S, Börger C, Michelitsch G, Trajanoski S, Schlötterer C, Guelly C, Thallinger GG, Sturmbauer C: Genome sequences of Tropheus moorii and Petrochromis trewavasae, two eco-morphologically divergent cichlid fishes endemic to Lake Tanganyika. 16

Collaborative paper in Nat. Protoc. by Bayle V, Fiche J-B, Burny C, Platre MP, Nollmann M, Martinière A and Jaillais Y. Single-particle tracking photoactivated localization microscopy of membrane proteins in living plant tissues. 17

February 2021

Alumnus Thomas Taus was promoted to Teamleader - Reporting and Analysis at Porsche Informatik GmbH in Salzburg. Congratulations!

Congratulations to our PhD candidate Anna Maria Langmüller 18, she received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for 2 years of postdoctoral research at Cornell University and 1 year at Univ. of Vienna!

January 2021

New bioRxiv preprints are online:

Langmüller, Dolezal and Schlötterer: Fine mapping without phenotyping: Identification of selection targets in secondary Evolve and Resequence experiments. 19

Lai, Nolte, Jakšić and Schlötterer: Evolution of phenotypic variance provides insights into the genetic basis of adaption. 20

Lai and Schlötterer: Evolution of gene expression variance during adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila. 21

Szukala et al.: Polygenic routes lead to parallel altitudinal adaptation in Heliosperma pusillum (Caryophyllaceae).  22

Congratulations to Christina Hedderich 23 on winning the 1st prize for her poster "Population genomics shows last European stand of Artemisia laciniata is diverse despite population size" at the poster competition of the virtual edition of the 54th Population Genetics Group Meeting 24.

December 2020

Congratulations to Alumna Sabine Felkel 25 to receive an Award of Excellence by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her PhD thesis in the Wallner group "Y-chromosomal evolution in Equids: Deciphering the history of horses using Y-chromosomal NGS data" (Defended in September 2019).

Schwarz, Wierzbicki, Senti and Kofler just published in Mol. Biol. Evol.:
Tirant stealthily invaded natural Drosophila melanogaster populations during the last century. 26

November 2020

Now out in BMC Biology by Langmüller, Nolte, Galagedara, Poupardin, Dolezal and Schlötterer:
Fitness effects for Ace insecticide resistance mutations are determined by ambient temperature. 27

Link to press release 28

Virtual institute dinner: In an effort to alleviate the missing social interactions during the crisis, we held a virtual Zoom dinner with 30 participants. Lots of fun, looking forward to the next one!

October 2020

Two successful PhD defenses:

Congratulations to Kerstin Spitzer 29 (Futschik group) on successfully defending her thesis "Improvement of statistical methods used in population genetics" online.

We also congratulate Gökce Aköz 30 (Nordborg group) 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. 31

Molecular Biology: paper by Hsu, Belmouaden, Nolte and Schlötterer:
Parallel gene expression evolution in natural and laboratory evolved populations. 32

September 2020

Due to the pandemic, our PopGen Vienna seminars will turn into webinars for the upcoming Winter term. Schedule and information available here 33.

25th DZG Graduate Meeting Evolutionary Biology (28 - 30 September, online): Link to website 34

New preprint: Pelizzola, Behr, Li, Munk and Futschik:
Multiple haplotype reconstruction from allele frequency data.  35

GBE paper out by Weilguny, Vlachos, Selvaraju and Kofler:
Reconstructing the invasion route of the P-element in Drosophila melanogaster using extant population samples. 36

August 2020

Article online by Otte and Schlötterer in Molecular Ecology Resources:
Detecting selected haplotype blocks in Evolve and Resequence experiments. 37

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. 38

New preprint by Borges et al.:
Pervasive selection biases inferences of the species tree. 39

July 2020

GBE paper now published by Barghi and Schlötterer:
Distinct patterns of selective sweep and polygenic adaptation in evolve and resequence studies. 40

June 2020

Just out in Nature Reviews Genetics by Barghi, Hermisson and Schlötterer:
Polygenic adaptation: a unifying framework to understand positive selection. 41

New preprints:
Otte, Nolte, Mallard, Schlötterer:
The adaptive architecture is shaped by population ancestry and not by selection regime. 42

Schwarz, Wierzbicki, Senti and Kofler:
Tirant stealthily invaded natural Drosophila melanogaster populations during the last century.  43

May 2020

Congratulations to alumna Claudia Bank 44 on her appointment as professor at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern!

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.  45

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.  46

April 2020

New preprints: Törmä, Burny, Nolte, Senti and Schlötterer:
Transcription-coupled repair in Drosophila melanogaster is independent of the mismatch repair pathway. 47

Törmä, Burny and Schlötterer:
Reversed sex-biased mutation rates for indels and base substitutions in Drosophila melanogaster. 48

March 2020

GBE papers accepted:

piRNA clusters need a minimum threshold size to control transposable element invasions. 49

Burny, Nolte, Nouhaud, Dolezal and Schlötterer:
Secondary evolve and re-sequencing: an experimental confirmation of putative selection targets without phenotyping. 50

New preprint: Wierzbicki, Schwarz, Cannalonga and Kofler:
Generating high quality assemblies for genomic analysis of transposable elements. 51

February 2020

eLife paper out by Hsu, Jakšić, Nolte, Lirakis, Kofler, Barghi, Versace and Schlötterer: Rapid sex-specific adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila. 52
Link to press release 53

Congratulations to three alumni on their career advances: 

Ana Marija Jakšić 54 (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 55 (currently ARC DECRA fellow at the University of Adelaide) accepted a faculty position at Penn State. 

Alumna Polina Novikova 56 (currently Postdoc at Ghent Univ.) will open her lab at MPIPZ in cologne in September.

Papers out:
Borges and Kosiol in J. Theor. Biol.:
Consistency and identifiability of the polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models. 57

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. 58

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

Congratulations to Thomas Taus 60 who defended his PhD thesis successfully on December 18th, 2020: "Experimental Evolution with Drosophila simulans under Thermal Stress"

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 61

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 62

Link to news feature Vetmeduni 63



Link to news archive 64


Pressemeldungen Vetmeduni Vienna


Klimawandel begünstigt Insektizidresistenzen 65

Schnelle geschlechtsspezifische Anpassung an hohe Temperaturen bei Drosophila 66


Experimental Evolution Course 2019 63

Schädliche DNA geht häufig in die Falle 67

Vorteilhafte Mutationen im Überfluss 68

Paviane eröffnen neue Einblicke in die Evolution des Genoms 69


Fruchtfliegen kontern Klimawandel durch Stoffwechselumstellung 70  71

Bundespräsident Van der Bellen verleiht ersten Ehrenring „sub Auspiciis“ an Absolventen der Vetmeduni Vienna 72


Frische Gene auf dem „verfallenden“ Y-Chromosom​​​​​​​ 73

Clubzwang für springende Gene​​​​​​​ 74


Neue Software entschlüsselt, warum „springende Gene“ aktiv werden​​​​​​​ 75


Invasion der genetischen Egoisten - Transposon erobert neuen Fliegenstamm​​​​​​​ 76

Gene in der Komfortzone - Umwelteinflüsse steuern Genexpression 77


Das Schicksal der Gene erforscht​​​​​​​ 78

Highspeed-Evolution im Labor – GenetikerInnen evaluieren kostengünstige Genomanalyse 79

Ausgewählte Pressemeldungen

... Link to "Der Standard" 80

... Link to "Die Presse" 81

... Link to Falter "Heureka" 82

... Link to "Die Presse" 83

... Link to "The New York Times" 84

... Link to "Der Standard" 85

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" 86

... Link to "Die Zeit" 87

... Link to "Der Standard" 88

... Link to "Die Presse" 89

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics in the press: click here 90 for more information.