Seminar to Accompany Thesis Research in Evolutionary Genetics

(The Morgan* Club)

Tuesdays 15:00-16:30
Biozentrum B02.045
Prof. Dr. John Parsch

Winter Semester 2023/2024

17.10.2023 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

24.10.2023 - Paper: Voigt et al. (John)

31.10.2023 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

07.11.2023 - Paper: Sprengelmeyer et al. (Vera)

14.10.2023 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

21.11.2023 - Paper: Puixeu et al. (Amanda)

28.11.2023 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

05.12.2023 - Paper: Cridland et al. (Zhihui)

12.12.2023 - Holiday Party!!!

19.12.2023 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

09.01.2023 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

16.01.2024 - Paper: Nanni et al. (Sonja)

23.01.2024 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

30.01.2024 - Master Student Presentations

06.02.2024 - EvoBio Seminar (room B01.015)

13.02.2024 - Master Student Presentations (if needed)

20.02.2024 - EvoBio Seminar (if needed; room B01.015)

Link to EvoBio seminar schedule

Potential papers

If you would like to add a paper to the list, please email the PDF to John Parsch.

Sprengelmeyer et al. (2022) The evolution of larger size in high-altitude Drosophila melanogaster has a variable genetic architecture [PDF]

Zande et al. (2022) Pleiotropic effects of trans-regulatory mutations on fitness and gene expression [PDF]

Rusuwa et al. (2022) Natural variation at a single gene generates sexual antagonism across fitness components in Drosophila [PDF]

Cridland et al. (2023) Selection and geography shape male reproductive tract transcriptomes in Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Voigt et al. (2023) Genome-wide temperature-sensitivity of Polycomb group regulation and reduction thereof in temperate Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Singh et al. (2023) Two Forms of Sexual Dimorphism in Gene Expression in Drosophila melanogaster: Their Coincidence and Evolutionary Genetics [PDF]

Nanni et al. (2023) Sex-Biased Expression Is Associated With Chromatin State in Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila simulans [PDF]

Puixeu et al. (2023) Sex-specific estimation of cis and trans regulation of gene expression in heads and gonads of Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Lombardo et al. (2023) Identifying candidate de novo genes expressed in the somatic female reproductive tract of Drosophila melanogaster [PDF]

Arunkumar et al. (2023) Natural selection has driven the recurrent loss of an immunity gene that protects Drosophila against a major natural parasite [PDF]

Ballinger et al. (2023) Environmentally robust cis-regulatory changes underlie rapid climatic adaptation [PDF]

Shpak et al. (2023) Genomes from historical Drosophila melanogaster specimens illuminate adaptive and demographic changes across more than 200 years of evolution [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).