News of the Plant Evolutionary Genomics Group

New paper about the diversification of mistletoes published

Our new paper ‘Morphology, geographic distribution, and host preferences are poor predictors of phylogenetic relatedness in the mistletoe genus Viscum L.’ is hot off the press. Check it out in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution or email us for a reprint.

Steffen Kobler joins the lab for his master thesis research

Steffen will work on the genetic diversity of broomrapes (Phelipanche sp.) in the Middle East.

Congrats to Linda Lehmanski and Dake Shi - Bachelor of Science 2018!

Linda and Dake successfully finished their bachelor theses and were conferred their B.Sc. degrees. All the best for your future!

New student research assistants

Lara Köster and Svenja Nötzold are new to the lab and will help us as student research assistants to speed up data generation and automate our analyses.

Linda Lehmanski joins the lab as student research assistant

A little break from her bioinformatics Bachelor thesis work: Linda will now also be helping us with RNA and DNA extractions and parasite/host preparations.

Congrats to Amelie Jüditz for successfully defending her master thesis

Amelie Jüditz successfully defended her thesis for the Master of Education today. All the best for your future career!

Congrats to Marina Leying for successfully defending her master thesis

Marina Leying successfully defended her thesis for the Master of Education today. All the best for your future career!

Congrats to Isabel Wagner for successfully defending her master thesis

Isabel Wagner successfully defended her thesis "Transcriptomic changes of the tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus after the switch from its intermediate to its final host" today.
All the best for your future research!

Congrats to Peter Lyko for successfully defending his master thesis

Peter Lyko successfully defended his thesis "Nutritional specialization and host-related diversification of parasitic plants" today.
We are also happy that he will continue to pursue his PhD in our group.

Dake Shi and Linda Lehmanski join the lab for their Bachelor thesis research

Dake will be working on the evolution of plastid genomes in Striga, and Linda will be working on a bioinformatic pipeline for barcode analysis.

Congrats to Clara von Münchow for successfully defending her master thesis

Clara von Münchow successfully defended her thesis "Developing genomic barcodes from whole-genome shotgun sequencing of fresh and historic specimens of the agricultural pest Striga (Orobanchaceae)" today.
We are also happy that she will continue to pursue her PhD in our group.

Our new trait-rate evolution models were published

Check out the new trait-rate fusion models linking phenotypic and genotypic data in a unified maximum likelihood framework, that are now available online:
Levy Karin E, Ashkenazy H, Wicke S, Pupko T, Mayrose I. 2017. ‘TraitRateProp: A web server for the detection of trait-dependent evolutionary rate shifts in sequence sites.’ Nucleic Acids Research 45, No. 1: W260-W264. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx288.
Levy Karin E, Wicke S, Pupko T, Mayrose I. 2017. ‘An integrated model of phenotypic trait changes and site-specific sequence evolution.’ Systematic Biology e-pub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syx032.

Congrats to Julian Koch to his successful Master thesis defence

Julian Koch successfully defended his master thesis "Proteomic shifts en route to a fully parasitic lifestyle in Orobanchaceae".
All the best for your future research!