Previous seminars

Fall 2020

14.09.2020 Introduction to the Seminar and Journal Club and allocation of presentations
JC: Adamantia Kapopoulou. Severin et al. (2020) Gender and other potential biases in peer review: cross-sectional analysis of 38 250 external peer review reports BMJ Open
28.09.2020 JC: Tobias Böni. Esteller-Cucala et al. (2020) Genomic analysis of the natural history of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder using Neanderthal and ancient Homo sapiens samples. Scientific Reports . Sup: NM
05.10.2020 JC: Anton Labutin Düx et al. (2020) Measles virus and rinderpest virus divergence dated to the sixth century BCE. Science. Sup. GH.
12.10.2020 Dr. Mathias Currat, Anthropology Unit, University of Geneva
Hybridization and introgression during the range expansion of European wildcats in the Jura Mountains
19.10.2020 JC: Iris. Tellis et al (2020) Selection against archaic hominin genetic variation in regulatory regions . Nat Ecol. Evol. Sup: LE
26.10.2020 JC: Ivan . Teixeira and Huber (2020) Dismantling a dogma: the inflated significance of neutral genetic diversity in conservation genetics. bioRxiv. Sup. AM
JC: Flavia Schlichta  Jasper and Yeaman (2020) Local adaptation can cause both peaks and troughs in nucleotide diversity within populations. Sup. RMD
09.11.2020 Xuejing Wang. CMPG
Effects of demography and mutation load on multiple islands after 10,000 generations of isolation
16.11.2020 JC: Sabrina. Galtier and Rousselle (2020) How much does Ne vary among species? Genetics. Sup: SP
23.11.2020 Brina Lopez Gfeller, CMPG
Assessment of human health in ancient Europeans
30.11.2020 Julia Lanner. Institute for Integrative Nature Conservation Research, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)
 Investigations on colonization pathways and ecological factors promoting the invasion of the Asian wild bee species, Megachile sculpturalis, in Europe.
07.12.2020 Dr. Reto Büri and Dave Lutgen, Swiss Ornithlogical Institute, Sempach
Genomics of hybridization, speciation, and phenotypic evolution in wheatears: first results

Spring 2020

17.02.2020 Introduction to the Seminar and Journal Club and allocation of presentations
Dr. Antoine Moinet, CMPG, IEE, University of Berne, Complex networks in biology
23.03.2020 Dr.Stephan Peischl. Interfacultary Bioinformatics Unit. University of Berne. Evolution on expanding wave fronts
30.03.2020 Anton Labutin, CMPG, IEE, University of Berne, Host genetic factors associated with the range limit of European hantavirus “species” 
Qindong Tang, CMPG, IEE, Cryptic diversification along the speciation continuum in the pale sand martin Riparia diluta
Prof. François Balloux, Dept. of Genetics, Environment and Evolution, UCL, UK, Emergence and apportionment of genomic diversity in SARS-Cov-2, the agent of the Covid19 pandemia
04.05.2020 Guy-Alain Schnidrig and Joana Rechsteiner, CMPG, IEE, University of Berne, MSc theses presentations

Fall 2019

16.09.2019 Introduction to the Seminar and Journal Club and allocation of presentations
23.09.2019 Dr. Garett Hellenthal, Genetics Institute, University College London, UK
Identifying and dating historical admixture and selection in modern humans
30.09.2019 Dr. Oscar Lao, National Center of Genomic Analysis, Barcelona, Spain
Natural programming in the field of population genomics​​​​​​​
07.10.2019 Prof. Olivier Delaneau, Dept. of Computational Biology, University of Lausanne
Accurate and scalable haplotype and genotype imputation
14.10.2019 Dr. Josephine Daub
Beyond synthetic lethality: Multiple mechanisms can explain genetic interactions within childhood cancer
18.11.2019 Dr. Matthieu Foll, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO),Lyon France
A multi-omics study of spatial and temporal tumor evolution in thoracic cancers with clinical implications.
09.12.2019 Prof. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas , Department of Computational Biology, University of Lausanne
Some insights into the peopling of Bronze Age Europe from ancient DNA

Spring 2019

18.02.2019 Introduction to the Seminar and Journal Club and allocation of presentations
25.02.2019 Hira Imeri, IBU, University of Bern
Exploring the effects of demographic misspecification on the accuracy of machine learning methods in population genetics.
01.04.2019 Pr. Katie Peichel, IEE, University of Bern
Chromosome evolution in sticklebacks.
08.04.2019 Pr. Brian Charlesworth, University of Edinburgh, UK
Associative overdominance and patterns of variability in low recombination genomic regions.
15.04.2019 Dr Daniel Berner, Evolutionary Biology, University of Basel
Polygenic adaptation - insights from stickleback fish.
29.04.2019 Dr Frederic Austerlitz, Musée de l'Homme, Paris, France
Inference of past historical events using ABC and MCMC methods on population genomics data sets. Applications to human populations.
20.05.2019 Dr Florence Debarre, Sorbonne-Université, Paris, France
Population control using gene drives: theoretical insights.
(Room C159)
Pr Serena Tucci, Yale Uniersity, USA
The genetic legacy of archaic hominin admixture.

Fall 2018

15.10.2018 Jérémy Choin, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Reconstructing the genetic history of Melanesian Islanders: Implication for human evolution and health
29.10.2018 Dr. Miguel Arenas, University of Vigo, Spain
Deciphering migration routes with approximate Bayesian computation based on spatially-explicit computer simulations
05.11.2018 Dr. Julien Dutheil & Gustavo Barroso, MPI Plön, Germany
Population genetics with complete genomes: new developments of the sequentially Markov coalescent
Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Gagnaire, University of Montpellier, France

Inferring the history of speciation from phased genome sequences

17.12.2018 Dr. Paul Verdu, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France
Parallel studies of genetic and linguistic diversities: reconstructing the biological and cultural histories of human populations

Spring 2018

26.02.2018 Nina Marchi, CMPG
Impacts of cultural behaviors on the genetic diversity of human populations from Inner Asia
12.03.2018 Dr. Christine Grossen, University of Zurich
Fate of deleterious mutations in severely bottlenecked Alpine ibex
19.03.2018 Fernando Racimo, University of Copenhagen
Detecting polygenic adaptation and single-locus selection using admixture graphs
09.04.2018 Dr. Benjamin Peter, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Genetic landscapes reveal how human genetic diversity aligns with geography
30.04.2018 Dr. Wolfram Möbius, Living Systems Institute and College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter
Evolutionary dynamics meets geometrical optics: How isolated features in the habitat shape genetic diversity during range expansions for long times and at large distances
04.05.2018 Dr. Roman Biek, University of Glasgow
Unraveling pathogen transmission in structured host populations
28.05.2018 Dr. Isabel Alves, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto/l'institut du thorax, Nantes
The role of gene expression in buffering the effects of potentially harmful variation

Fall 2017

Dr. Victor Sousa , cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Lisboa
Learning the evolutionary history from genomes
13.11.2017 Dr. John Pannell, University of Lausanne
Evolution of plant populations subject to colonisation and range expansions
20.11.2017 Sylvain Glemin, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Effective population size, efficacy of selection and the mutation load
27.11.2017 Melanie Hiltbrunner, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern
Genomics of Tula hantavirus evolution in central Europe
04.12.2017 Hannes Svardal, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge
Lake Malawi cichlids: consecutive adaptive radiations linked by (adaptive) gene flow

Spring 2017

06.03.2017 Dr. Konrad Lohse , Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh
Mirages and fruit flies in the desert revisited: towards model-based genomic maps of post-divergence gene-flow
13.03.2017 Dr. Zoltan Kutalik, University of Lausanne
The interplay between genetic predisposition and lifestyle impacting human lifespan and obesity
27.03.2017 Dr. Guillaume Achaz, ENS, Paris, France
The strange case of the standard neutral model: when, what and why
03.04.2017 Dr Ophelie Ronce University of Montpellier, France
Mathematical models for the evolution of range shifts under climate change
13.03.2017 Dr Erik Postma, University of Zurich
Of mice and men: Predicting evolution in a changing environment
28.04.2017 Dr. Jessica Plucain, ENS, Paris, France
Genetic bases of the emergence of phenotypical innovations in E. coli and M. xanthus
01.05.2017 Dr. Sara Lipshutz, Tulane University, USA
Hybridization between sex-role reversed tropical shorebirds
08.05.2017 Prof. Leslie Turner, University of Bath, UK
Genetic mechanisms of speciation in house mice: functional genomics of hybrid male sterility in natural populations
13.03.2017 Prof. Tanja Schwander, University of Lausanne
Gene expression and evolutionary rate changes after parallel evolution of asexuality in stick insects

Fall 2016

19.09.2016 Dr. Maxime Deforet Sloan Kettering Institute, NYC, USA
The contribution of growth and dispersal to the evolution of expanding populations
03.10.2016 Dr. Nicolas Lartillot, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, France
The Red-Queen model of recombination hot-spot evolution: a theoretical investigation
05.10.2016 Dr. Kavita Jain J. Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengalore, India
Rapid adaptation of polygenic traits after a sudden environmental shift
31.10.2016 Dr. Martin Zieger Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern
Forensic Genetics: Current state and future developments
14.11.2016 Dr. Matteo Fumagalli Computational Biology Group, UCL, UK
Population genomics in the high-throughput sequencing era
21.11.2016 Dr. Diana Rennison University of British Columbia, Canada
Detecting the drivers of divergence: Identifying and estimating natural selection in threespine stickleback
05.12.2016 Prof. Manfred Claassen Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zürich
Learning global and disease associated cell population heterogeneity from single cell recordings
12.12.2016 Prof. Yvonne Willi, University of Basel
Population genomics and species range limits

Spring 2016

15.02.2016 Prof. Lavinia Faccini Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Birth defects in Brazil - from genetic conditions in isolated populations to Zika virus congenital infection
29.02.2016 Dr. Felix Goldschmidt EAWAG, CH
Successive range expansions promote diversity in a microbial cross-feeding community
04.04.2016 Dr. Alan Hodgkinson King's College, London, UK
High-Resolution Genomic Analysis of Human Mitochondrial RNA Sequence Variation
25.04.2016 Prof. Nicolas Bierne ISEM, Montpellier
Investigating genome-wide heterogeneity in local introgression rates and its cause
02.05.2016 Dr. Georgios Athanasiadis Aarhus University, Denmark
The genetic history of Denmark: data from a nationwide public engagement project
09.05.2016 Dr. Martin Kapun University of Lausanne
Clinal inversions and rapid adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster
13.05.2016 Prof. Michael Whitlock University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Deleterious mutations and the complexities of selection in a spatial context
23.05.2016 Prof. Ida Moltke University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Adaptation and association studies in the Arctic
30.05.2016 Dr. Laure Segurel Musée de l'Homme, Paris, France
Adaptation to diet: human and microbial perspective

Fall 2015

21.09.2015 Alexandre Gouy, University of Berne
A likelihood approach to simulation-based inference: application to the case of insecticide resistance evolution in the mosquito Culex pipiens
28.09.2015 Prof. Ioannis Xenarios, University of Lausanne
Vital-IT and Swiss-Prot : a tale of two groups
19.10.2015 Dr. Simon Aeschbacher, University of California
Detecting selection against gene flow: a complementary approach to Fst outlier scans
09.11.2015 Dr. Peter Fields, University of Basel
Phylogeographic inference of an intercontinental sample of Daphnia magna
09.11.2015 Prof. Hugues Abriel, University of Berne
Introducing Human Genetic Research at the University of Kinshasa (DRC): the Case of Channelopathies
30.11.2015 Prof. Asger Hobolth, Aarhus University
Statistical inference in the Wright-Fisher model using allele frequency data
14.12.2015 Prof. Laurent Duret, Université Claude Bernard - Lyon I, France
Biased gene conversion: the dark side of recombination

Spring 2015

23.02.2015 Dr. Andy Foote, Uppsala University, Sweden
The genomic landscape of the speciation continuum in the killer whale
02.03.2015 Dr. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Univ. Copenhagen, Denmark & CMPG, Berne
Peopling of the Americas: a genomic perspective
09.03.2015 Dr. Sam Yeaman, UBC, Canada
The architecture of local adaptation: transient alleles and long-term genomic re-patterning
16.03.2015 Prof. Oscar Gaggiotti, Univ. St Andrews, UK
Making FST-based genome-scan methods more robust to deviations from the underlying model
11.05.2015 Lars Bosshard, CMPG, Berne
Accumulation of deleterious mutations in expanding bacterial populations
18.05.2015 Moritz Saxenhofer, CMPG, Berne
Delimiting the impact of host speciation on pathogen divergence

Fall 2014

22.09.2014 Dr. Stefan Laurent, EPFL, Lausanne
Identifying adaptive regulatory mutations in the absence of phenotypic information
29.09.2014 Dr. Michael Blum, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
Genome scans for detecting footprints of local adaptation: embracing the post-Fst era
13.10.2014 Dr. Richard Neher, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
Genetic diversity in rapidly adapting populations and predictability of evolution
20.10.2014 Dr. Susanne Pfeifer, Center for Integrative Bioinformatics, Vienna, Austria
Recombination and selection in the chimpanzee genome
27.10.2014 Dr. Cedric Simillion, Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit, University of Bern
Avoiding the pitfalls of gene set enrichment analysis with SetRank
01.12.2014 Alex Cagan, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Nice rats, Nasty rats: Towards the genetic basis of tameness and aggression
15.12.2014 Prof. Adam Eyre-Walker, University of Sussex, UK
Geographic and genomic features that affect the rate of evolution

Spring 2014

24.02.2014 Prof. Gilles Guillot, Technical University of Denmark
Models and algorithms to integrate spatial information in genetic ecology
31.03.2014 Dr. Maria Warnefors, CIG, University of Lausanne
The evolution of mammalian gene expression
07.04.2014 Dr. Florian Altermatt, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Diversity patterns and dispersal processes in riverine metacommunities
28.04.2014 Dr. Aida Andrés, Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig
Persistent polymorphism: the role of selection in maintaining advantageous diversity in humans
05.05.2014 Prof. Thomas Wiehe, University of Cologne
Coalescent trees and induced subtrees
12.05.2014 Dr. Sebastien Wielgoss, ETH Zurich
Small changes with large effects: deciphering the molecular basis of evolutionary change in experimental and natural settings with bacteria

Fall 2013

20.09.2013 Dr. Alexander Drakesmith, Radcliffe Dpt. Medicine, University of Oxford
Hepcidin and BMPs in innate immunity
23.09.2013 Dr. Konstantin Popadin, CMU, University of Geneva
The low mutation burden of live-birth Down syndromes
30.09.2013 Prof. Monty Slatkin, Berkeley, University of California
Population genetics of the Neanderthal genome project
07.10.2013 Dr. Camille Roux, DEE, University of Lausanne
Investigating speciation in face of gene flow or polyploidization : What can we learn from ABC?
04.11.2013 Prof. Ivo Große, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
De-Novo discovery of differentially abundant DNA binding sites including their positional preference
11.11.2013 Prof. Thomas Flatt, DEE, University of Lausanne
Population genomic basis of evolutionary change in Drosophila life history
25.11.2013 Dr. Thomas Lenormand, CNRS, University of Montpellier
Mutation landscape models : theory and data
28.11.2013 Prof. Hélène Vézina, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Genealogical investigation of the genetic heritage of the French Canadian population
12.12.2013 Heidi Lischer, CMPG, University of Bern
PhD defense: Genomic inference of evolutionary history and gene expression divergence in rodents

Spring 2013

25.02.2013 Dr. Vitor Sousa, CMPG, University of Bern
Identifying loci under selection in isolation with migration models
11.03.2013 Dr. Diogo Meyer, University of Geneva
Causes and consequences of balancing selection: a case study with human MHC genes
15.04.2013 Dr. Reto Burri, Uppsala University, Sweden
The landscape(s) or genome divergence in Ficedula flycatchers
22.04.2013 Dr. Romain Studer, UCL, London, UK
Structural analyses of the impact of positive selection in evolution
02.05.2013 Dr. Tanja Stadler, ETH Zurich
New phylogenetic methods uncover past macroevolutionary and epidemiological dynamics
06.05.2013 Prof. Mattias Jakobsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Inference of early human history

Fall 2012

25.09.2012 Tamara Hofer, University of Bern
PhD defense: Impact of range expansion and natural selection on human genomic diversity
01.10.2012 Eduardo Amorim, University of Bern and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Cultural, adaptive, and neutral evolution in Amerindians
08.10.2012 Robert Carreras, University of Bern and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Ecological genetic predictors for cardiovascular disease and population patterns of NOS genes in human populations from Europe and the Mediterranean basin
15.10.2012 Dr. Ferran Casals, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Rare is meaningful. Whole-exome sequencing in the French-Canadian population
05.11.2012 Dr. Thomas White, CMPG
Population genomics of a range expansion: the bank vole in Ireland
16.11.2012 Prof. David Nelson, Dept. of Physics, Harvard University
Competition and Cooperation at Frontiers
19.11.2012 Dr. Sarah Perkins, University of Cardiff
Shining light on infections disease dynamics
17.12.2012 Prof. Chris Jiggins, University of Cambridge
Genomic insights into speciation in Heliconius butterflies

Spring 2012

27.02.2012 Dr. Pierre Bize, University of Lausanne
Life history variation along an elevation gradient: dissecting the contribution of genetics, ambient temperature and non-shivering thermogenesis
12.03.2012 Dr. Lounès Chikhi, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
Very spatial indeed: some consequences of space (and time) on population genetics inference
19.03.2012 Stefan Laurent, University of Munich, Germany
Demographic history of Drosophila melanogaster and inference of seed bank parameters in two wild tomato species using ecological and genetic data
16.04.2012 Dr. Kai Stölting, University of Fribourg
Genomics of hybridization in Populus trees
23.04.2012 Dr. Claudia Bank, EPFL
The limits to parapatric speciation
07.05.2012 Prof. Martin Ackermann, ETH
An evolutionary perspective on bacterial individuality
29.05.2012 Dr. Alex Buerkle, University of Wyoming
Overlap in the genomics of speciation and adaptation
11.06.2012 Dr. Nicolas Lartillot, Université de Montréal
Bayesian integrative models for macroevolutionary studies

Fall 2011

10.10.2011 Prof. Lavinia Schüler Faccini, FGRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Science vs. Conspiracy Theory - A town of twins in Brazil: Nazi Experiment or Founder Effect?
17.10.2011 Dr. Mathias Currat, Anthropology Unit, Department of Genetics and Evolution, University of Geneva
Rare hybridization between Neanderthals and modern humans
31.10.2011 Dr. Stephan Peischl, CMPG
A sequential coalescent algorithm for chromosomal inversions
05.12.2011 Dr. Daniel Wegmann, UCLA, USA
Deep re-sequencing reveals the abundance and geographic structure of rare variant diversity in humans
12.12.2011 Dr. Mark Ibberson, Vital-IT, University of Lausanne
Biological data analysis using networks
19.12.2011 Prof. Jerome Goudet, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
Spatial Approximate Bayesian Computations in model and non model organisms

Spring 2011

28.02.2011 Dr. Kerstin Musolf, University of Zurich
Ultrasonic vocalizations in house mice: a cryptic mode of acoustic communication
14.03.2011 Prof. Arne Nolte, Max-Planck-Institute Plön, Germany
Admixture and genome clashes - sculpin hybrids in the River Rhine system
21.03.2011 Tania Jenkins, University of Jena and CMPG
Exploring the habitat component of genetic structure in the bank vole, Myodes glareolus
06.04.2011 Dr. Stefan Prost, University of Otago, New Zealand
Reconstructing past human settlement in Polynesia using Approximate Bayesian Computation
11.04.2011 Dr. Anna Lindholm, University of Zurich
Selfish genes in house mice
18.04.2011 Mathias Beysard, CMPG
Genetics of intraspecific hybrid zones in Microtus voles
09.05.2011 Prof. Ziheng Yang, University College London, UK
Bayesian species delimitation using genomic sequence data
25.05.2011 Yang Liu, CMPG
PhD defense: Genetic analysis of migration in two avian influenza vectors: tufted duck and common pochard

Fall 2010

24.09.2010 Prof. Monty Slatkin, University of California, Berkeley
Methods for inferring admixture from genomic sequence data and applications to ancient hominids
04.10.2010 Dr. Miguel Arenas Busto, CMPG
Applications of the coalescent with recombination in molecular evolution
01.11.2010 Dr. Matthieu Foll, CMPG
Quantifiying population structure using the F-model
22.11.2010 Dr. Daniel Wegmann, University of California, Los Angeles
Inferring recombination rates in recently admixed human populations
06.12.2010 Dr. Thomas Bataillon, Aarhus University
Beneficial mutations and dynamics of adaptation: insights from experimental evolution in bacteria and filamentous fungi
13.12.2010 Irma Glatt, CMPG
PRDM9 - the first two zinc fingers have their own role in the holding hand
20.12.2010 Prof. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, University of California, Berkeley
A likelihood method to estimate selection and allele age from time serial samples

Spring 2010

08.03.2010 Reto Burri, University of Lausanne
Avian MHC evolution: new insights and a population genomic perspective
22.03.2010 Dr. Christoph Haag, University of Fribourg
Evolutionary genetics of Daphnia metapopulations
03.05.2010 Tamara Hofer, CMPG
Islands of natural selection in the human genome
10.05.2010 Dr. John Wang, University of Lausanne
Genomic approaches to social biology in ants
17.05.2010 Emilie Cutivet, CMPG
Development of a computational pipeline for genomic databases
31.05.2010 Dr. Michael Krützen, University of Zurich
Genetic and cultural diversity among orang-utan populations from Sumatra and Borneo