Seminar to Accompany Thesis Research in Evolutionary Genetics

(The Morgan* Club)

October-November: Tuesdays 13:00-14:00
December-January: Tuesdays 15:00-16:30
Biozentrum B01.015
Prof. Dr. John Parsch

Winter Semester 2017/18

24.10.2017 - Organizational meeting

31.10.2017 - Holiday

07.11.2017 - Paper: Zhao et al. (John)

14.11.2017 - Paper: Duveau et al. (Amanda)

21.11.2017 - Research talk (Liza)

28.11.2017 - Paper: Zhang et al. (Sonja)

05.12.2017 - Research talk (Sonja)

12.12.2017 - Paper: Osada et al. (Aleksei)

19.12.2017 - Christmas party

09.01.2018 - Research talk (Amanda)

16.01.2018 - Paper: Huylmans et al. (Liza)

23.01.2018 - Research talk (John); Research talk (Aleksei)

30.01.2018 - Research talk (Annabella)


Potential papers

If you would like to present one of the following papers, or if there is another paper you would like to present, please send the title (and PDF for new papers) to John Parsch. Papers will be assigned on a "first come, first served" basis.

Huylmans et al. (2017) Global Dosage Compensation Is Ubiquitous in Lepidoptera, but Counteracted by the Masculinization of the Z Chromosome [PDF]

Zhao et al. (2017) Genomics of Parallel Adaptation at Two Timescales in Drosophila [PDF]

Zhang et al. (2017) Intra and Interspecific Variations of Gene Expression Levels in Yeast Are Largely Neutral [PDF]

Camus et al. (2017) Experimental Support That Natural Selection Has Shaped the Latitudinal Distribution of Mitochondrial Haplotypes in Australian Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Osada et al. (2017) Cis- and Trans-regulatory Effects on Gene Expression in a Natural Population of Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Ben_David et al. (2017) A Maternal-Effect Selfish Genetic Element in Caenorhabditis elegans [PDF]

Yang et al. (2017) Structure of the Transcriptional Regulatory Network Correlates with Regulatory Divergence in Drosophila [PDF]

Duveau et al. (2017) Fitness Effects of Cis-Regulatory Variants in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae TDH3 Promoter [PDF]



For paper presentations: the presenter is encouraged to prepare slides with the important figures, as well as other slides to illustrate the background and significance of the paper. It is important to put the paper in context: what are the major questions that are addressed? What is the new contribution of this paper to our knowledge of the topic. You should not just simply go through the paper line by line and tell us what the authors did. Instead you should add some perspective to the paper and highlight aspects that might be especially relevant to our group. Everyone should read the paper in advance and be ready to discuss it. We will not have strict time limits, but the target is to spend about 30-40 minutes per paper.

For research talks: you should treat this talk as if you were giving a seminar to a general audience. For example, imagine that you were invited to give a talk in our EES seminar series or that you are giving a talk as part of a job interview for a postdoc or a professorship. You should explain the background clearly, even though many in the audience will already be familiar with it. It is okay if the results are still preliminary, as you should give an update on the current state of your research. The target length should be 30-40 minutes, followed by a discussion. Everyone in the audience should take notes regarding mistakes/typos on the slides and parts of the presentation that were unclear. After the talk, everyone should give feedback to the presenter so that he/she may improve the next talk.

For bachelor/master thesis presentations: you should describe your project in about 20 minutes. Even if your thesis is not completely finished, you should still present on the assigned date and describe the current state of your project.

Students doing shorter research projects (IRTs, MEME short projects, Forschungspraktika) should give a short presentation of their project. If the project is not yet finished, you should present the current state, with background, methods, results, and goals of the project (about 15 minutes).