Seminar to Accompany Thesis Research in Evolutionary Genetics

(The Morgan* Club)

Tuesdays 15:00-16:30
Biozentrum B01.015
Prof. Dr. John Parsch

Summer Semester 2018

17.04.2018 - Organizational meeting

24.04.2018 - Paper: Chakraborty et al. (Amanda)

01.05.2018 - Holiday

08.05.2018 - (reserved)

15.05.2018 - Paper: Warnefors et al. (Ana); Paper: Lee et al. (Aleksei)

22.05.2018 - Paper: Camus et al. (Tim); Paper: Vankuren and Long (Liza)

29.05.2018 - Biosafety training; Paper: Leung et al. (Annabella)

05.06.2018 - Research talk (Ana); Research talk (Annabella)

12.06.2018 - Research talk (Liza); Paper: Newman et al. (Selina)

19.06.2018 - Research talk (Tim); Research talk (Melanie)

26.06.2018 - (reserved)

03.07.2018 - Research talk (Aleksei); Research talk (Amanda)

10.07.2018 - Bachelor/Master student presentations: Anna Lena

17.07.2018 - Bachelor/Master student presentations: Dorothy, Matthias, Selina, Daphne


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.

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]

Kita et al. (2017) High-Resolution Mapping of Cis-Regulatory Variation in Budding Yeast [PDF]

Schou (2017) Unexpected High Genetic Diversity in Small Populations Suggests Maintenance by Associative Overdominance [PDF]

Jaquiery et al. (2018) Disentangling the Causes for Faster-X Evolution in Aphids [PDF]

Campos et al. (2018) The Effects of Sex-Biased Gene Expression and X-Linkage on Rates of Sequence Evolution in Drosophila [PDF]

Behrman et al. (2017) Rapid seasonal evolution in innate immunity of wild Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Said et al. (2018) Linked genetic variation and not genome structure causes widespread differential expression associated with chromosomal inversions [PDF]

Gubala et al. (2017) The Goddard and Saturn Genes Are Essential for Drosophila Male Fertility and May Have Arisen De Novo [PDF]

Raznahan et al. (2018) Sex-chromosome dosage effects on gene expression in humans [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).