Grant for research abroad

Martin Pontz awarded Marshall Plan Scholarship to California

Congrats to...

...our alumnus Christan Huber!

next seminar: Justin Blumenstiel (Univ. of Kansas, US)

19.12.2017 - Evolution of off-target effects of piRNA silencing.

December 2017: Marshall Plan Scholarship for one of our students

Congratulations to our 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.

December 2017: Faculty meeting

The PopGen Vienna faculty met on December 1st, 2017.

December 2017: Scientific Advisory Board

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is proud that Dr. Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo from the Institut Jacques Monod has agreed to be part of our Scientific Advisory Board. We're looking forward to welcome Dr. Courtier-Orgogozo to our SAB meeting in May 2018.

November 2017: Alumni career news

Congratulations to our alumnus Christian Huber, currently at UCLA. Christian received one of the prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards 2018 by the Australian Research Council. He'll join alumnus Ray Tobler at the University of Adelaide to apply state-of-the-art population and quantitative genetic techniques to a new database of ancient human genomes - spanning from hunter gatherers and early farmers through to the Middle Ages. This will be used to build the first detailed portrait of human genetic adaptation through time! Exciting news!

November 2017: Experimental Evolution course

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics organised the practical course "Experimental evolution: From theory to practice” from November 6 to 10, 2017 at the Vetmeduni Vienna with 24 international participants and lectures by 7 experts of the field.

Read more about the recent event here

October 2017: PhD defense

Congratulations to Andrea Fulgione, he successfully defended his PhD thesis "Uncovering the early history of a model organism: Arabidopsis thaliana in Africa and in the island of Madeira" on October 16th! All the best for your next career steps, Andrea!

October 2017: PhD retreat

We spent a couple of inspiring days with seminar talks, hiking and socialising at a mountain lodge in Altaussee, at the foot of the Styrian Loser plateau. 36 participants - PhD students, postdocs, faculty and associated guests - enjoyed brainstorming and discussing recent research results, and we were blessed with colourful and mild autumn weather.

Summer 2017: Internship for high school student

Welcome to this year's high school intern Petra who joins our PhD students for 4 weeks to assist in hands-on fly evolution projects.

More about the "Talente entdecken" program of the FFG here

August 2017: August 2017: PopGen faculty, students and alumni in Santa Barbara

Several PopGen Vienna members and alumni are currently hosted by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP). KITP as part of the University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of the most renowned institutes for theoretical physics and related fields. Christian Schlötterer was invited to co-coordinate the KITP workshop “Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Nature and the Lab” (July 24 - September 15, 2017) which is closely linked with the Summer research course “Eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities” at the Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology.

Robert Kofler and Andreas Futschik are also hosted by KITP for the duration of the workshop and are joined by Anna Maria Langmüller (PhD student), Neda Barghi (Postdoc) as well as alumni Claudia Bank and Carolin Kosiol who were all invited to add their expertise.

July 2017: Alumni career news

PopGen Vienna graduate alumnus Daniel K. Fabian started a new postdoc position at the University of Cambridge (UK) in the lab of Derek Smith.

June 2017: PopGen Vienna participates at Open University Day

For this year's Open University Day, our students participated at the Science Cafe and prepared a fruit fly themed microscopy table. Both adult and young visitors were equally fascinated by fruit fly populations from around the world, evolved flies, bizarre mutants and blue larva next to close-up shots of electron microscope images. Kids were also invited to extract DNA from some of fruit fly's favorite foods: strawberries.



June 2017: PhD defense

Congratulations to Barbara Horvath-Ellis who successfully defended her thesis "The genetic and phenotypic basis of adaptive developmental and reproductive traits in Drosophila melanogaster" on June 8th! Good luck for your next career steps!

May 2017: PhD defense

Congratulations to Dominik Schrempf! On May 30, Dominik successfully defended his thesis "Discrete multivariate boundary mutation models and their application to tree inference". Good luck for your future career!

April 2017: March for Science

PopGen Vienna students, postdocs and faculty joined the March for Science on April 22 in Vienna, one of 600 marches that took place around the globe. We demonstrated our support for science and the fundamental role it plays in serving and improving our society through informed policy. #marchforscience #vienna

April 2017: SAB meeting

This years' Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting took place from April 19-21. The students reported their progress in front of our full Advisory Board, the program's faculty and fellow students. After the busy daily presentation schedules, the students further interacted with the SAB in more relaxed settings over drinks and dinner.

March 2017: Alumni career news

PopGen Vienna faculty alumnus Alistair McGregor gave his inaugural lecture at Oxford Brookes University (UK) on March 22, 2017. Congratulations!

February 2017: Faculty meeting

The faculty met on 14th of February 2017.

January 2017: Alumni career news

PopGen Vienna alumnus Daniel K. Fabian started a lecturer position at Anglia Ruskin University (UK). Congratulations!

December 2016: Alumni career news

PopGen Vienna alumnus Tom Hill received one of the prestigious excellence awards for outstanding dissertations, bestowed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, for his thesis entitled "Hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila simulans, caused by a rapid global invasion of the P-element". Congratulations!

December 2016: Christmas Event

We had a great time at this year's PopGen Vienna Xmas party: we met on a chilly winter evening in a painting studio in the 9th district to paint ceramic mugs. Everyone acted as Secret Santa painter for a colleague. After the painting we enjoyed burgers and craft beer at an American-style Microbrewery just around the corner. We’ll swap the creative and beautiful mugs during a get-together before the Christmas break.

November 2016: Mind The Gap Meeting

On October 31 and November 1 our students hosted the 5th MIND THE GAP meeting at the autumn-colored campus of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Like at previous meetings of the series, MIND THE GAP brought together theoretical and empirical population geneticists. Nearly 80 international participants attended the conference in 2016. Previous meetings were organised in Freiburg (2009), Plön (2010), Cologne (2011) and Vienna (2013). Details about the meeting here


October 2016: PhD defense

Congratulations to Ágnes Jónás! She successfully defended her thesis "Inferring evolutionary trajectories from time series data” on October 25 at the Vetmeduni Vienna.

October 2016: PhD retreat

Recently we spent a social weekend with seminar talks at a hut village in Altaussee, at the foot of the Styrian Loser plateau. As opposed to previous years, the weather wasn't as mild as we were used to but we managed short hikes after discussing recent research results. Thirty participants (PhD students, postdocs, faculty and associated guests) enjoyed brainstorming together, discussing and socialising.


September 2016: Introductory course for PhD students

We're happy that also this year our introductory course was noted internationally. We welcomed our new cohort of students along with several external PhD students to PopGen Vienna's intense, 1-month course covering basic and advanced concepts in population genetics, Drosophila genetics, statistics, biomathematics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics.

Early Stage Researchers of the BINGO training network joined us from the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, and PhD students of Universities in Germany, Portugal and Greece.

July 2016: Evolution explained to kids

Two of our students joined the "Kinderuni" as teachers in July 2016 to bring the complex topic of evolution into the spotlight during a workshop with 25 school kids aged 10-12. The kids actively engaged in a lecture about the principles of DNA, organisms and evolution. In the following practical session they were fascinated to see DNA being extracted from Strawberries, and to observe fruit flies and mutants under the microscope. 

July 2016: PhD defense

Polina Novikova successfully defended her thesis “Speciation in the Arabidopsis genus” on 13.07.2016 at the GMI. Polina presented her work on aspects of non-bifurcating speciation in Arabidopsis, as well as a special case of instant speciation - the origin of the allotetraploid Arabidopsis suecica. Congratulations, Polina!

June 2016: Faculty meeting

A faculty meeting took place on June 28th.

June 2016: PhD defense

Tom Hill successfully defended his thesis "Hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila simulans, caused by a rapid global invasion of the P-element". CONGRATULATIONS, TOM! Good luck for your next career step as Postdoc at the University of Kansas!

April 2016: Mini-Symposium: Frontiers of Population Genetics III

The yearly Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting was concluded by a Mini-Symposium on April 27:

Venue: Seminar room Institut für Tierzucht & Genetik (building NA, 2nd floor), Vetmeduni Vienna

13:00 Opening remarks
13:05-13:50 Nick Barton – IST Austria
“Is it possible to find the alleles that cause variation in complex traits?”
13:50-14:35 Brian Charlesworth - University of Edinburgh
“Associative overdominance- fact or fiction?”
14:35-15:10 coffee break
15:10-15:55 Jean-Michel Gibert – CNRS Paris
“Environmental and genetic bases of pigmentation variation in Drosophila”
15:55-16:40 Andrew Clark – Cornell Univ.
“Genomic analysis of silver foxes selected for tame/aggressive behaviors”

April 2016: SAB meeting

This years' Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting took place from April 25-27. The students reported their progress in front of five members of our Advisory Board, the program's faculty and fellow students. After the busy schedule, the students further interacted with the SAB members in a more relaxed setting.

March 2016: New associated faculty

We're happy that Kirsten Senti and Robert Kofler joined the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics as associated faculty.

Kirsten Senti and his group will add a wealth of expertise in functional genetics including CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis. Kirsten's research interest focuses on the battle between transposable elements and their control by the piRNA pathway.

Bioinformatician Robert Kofler recently received an FWF grant. His group will investigate the evolution of transposable elements in different species and dissect the genetic basis of quantitative traits.

February 2016: Alumni career news

Congratulations to our former graduate student Raymond Tobler. After his recent relocation to the University of Adelaide, Ray is currently the lead postdoctoral researcher on the Aboriginal Heritage Project, a collaboration between the Australian Centre of Ancient DNA (ACAD) and the South Australian Museum (SAM), which aims to reconstruct the genetic history of Aboriginal Australia. Ray was recently awarded an Indigenous Discovery Fellowship that will enable his group to further extend the phylogenetic analyses and study paleo-demography and adaptation.

January 2016: Visiting Grant for one of our students

Congratulations to our PhD student Dominik Schrempf for receiving a Visiting Grant for three months, funded by Aarhus University for a research stay at the Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC) in the group of Asger Hobolth.

January 2016: Faculty meeting

The faculty members had a meeting on January 14th.

January 2016: New master's program

Our faculty co-organised a new joint master's program at University of Vienna and Vetmeduni Vienna: Evolutionary Systems Biology

The ESB Master's program features:

  • Courses covering population genetics, comparative genomics, molecular evolution, EvoDevo and systems biology.
  • Practical courses introducing modelling, programming, and statistical data analysis to biologists.
  • An extensive research component, including rotations in multiple research groups, one-on-one training, and individual research projects.
  • Special skill courses on giving scientific talks and writing successful grant proposals.

December 2015 / January 2016: PopGen dances

Walz, Cha Cha and Fox sounds recently billowed through the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics. PhD student Anna Langmüller (Schlötterer group) organised two dance workshops with drinks and snacks: Anna's dance-trained sister and her tournament partner gave us easy-to-follow Standard Dance instructions. We’re now ready for one of Vienna’s ball events.

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