Marko Dunjic joins our group

Marko, a highly talented student from Belgrade, Serbia is joining our group for an internship. He is interested in the molecular causes of psychiatric disorders. During his half a year internship he will explore the evolution of long non-coding RNAs involved in psychiatric disorders.

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New comparative network method published

Our paper “A composite network of conserved and tissue specific gene interactions reveals possible genetic interactions in glioma” was published in PLoS Computational Biology.

This was a collaborative work with the group of Eivind Almaas in Trondheim, Norway, lead by his PhD student Andre Voigt. We developed a method that allows for comparing networks and identifying links that are conserved, specific, or differential to networks (“CSD method”).

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PEB Conference in Poland

The third PEB conference took place in Bialowieza, Poland, in the Fall 2017. After PEB at CIBIO in Porto and in Belgrade, Serbia, this was another very successful and fun conference. We heard many interesting talks and enjoined well-prepared bioinformatics hands-on workshops. Thanks to Agnieszka and everybody involved in the organization!

In the end, EVOP alumni from Huddersfield decided to organize the next PEB conference in the UK. More information will follow.

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Moved to Freie Universität Berlin

I accepted the position in the Spring 2017 and am now professor at the Freie Universität Berlin since 1st of July 2017.

After being professor for Bioinformatics at the University of Hohenheim for about 1.5 years, I am now starting my new group in Berlin. I am fulfilling the professorship for Human Biology at the Institute for Biology.

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Programming for Evolutionary Biology

One last time in Leipzig: Our programming course will take place in March next year. You can still apply for it until the end of this year. More information about the course are here: http://evop.bioinf.uni-leipzig.de.

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Alvaro defended his PhD

Late but not forgotten: Alvaro defended his PhD this August. Congratulations to an excellent thesis and defense!

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Programming for Evolutionary Biology (PEB) Conference 2016

The next Programming for Evolutionary Biology (PEB) Conference will take place in Belgrade, from September 7th-12th.

The website is already online and you can already register for it: http://pebconference.info/

This conference was initiated by students of our third Programming for Evolutionary Biology course, but is now open to everybody. The first PEB conference took place at CIBIO (Vila do Conde, Portugal) last year and has really been a big success and a lot of fun. Besides your scientific contributions, the organizers convinced several outstanding speakers to give plenary talks. There will also be a couple of workshops, which will allow you to further improve your programming skills. And, last but not least, I’m expecting a superb leisure program in and around Belgrade. And all of this again for a very reasonable price of 200 Euro, which includes conference materials, accommodation in double, shared rooms (7-12.09.2016), meals, and leisure.

Since space is limited, register for the Belgrade event as soon as possible!

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Our paper about a consensus transcription factor network of the human brain is out

With this work we aimed at obtaining more insights into the gene regulatory networks of the human prefrontal cortex, which is important for cognitive abilities. Analyzing multiple independent genome-wide expression datasets from healthy individuals we realized that the transcription factor networks derived from them are considerably different. Here we focussed on the network links that were consistently observed across the different datasets by building a consensus network. This allowed us to identify a network module consisting of many transcription factors with known importance for brain development and functions. Our work not only suggests how these transcription factors are interacting and what common target genes of them might be, but also identified not yet characterized transcription factors that seem to be excellent new candidates for playing important roles in the human prefrontal cortex. We hope that with this line of research we will in the long run be able to help uncovering the molecular basis of human cognitive skills.

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Stefano defended his PhD

Stefano, you made it! Congratulations, Dr. Berto!

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Programming for Evolutionary Biology

We are currently running our fifth “Programming for Evolutionary Biology” course in Leipzig. We are taking the students of our course on a tour on analyzing Next-Generation-Sequencing data, genome annotation, population genomics, phylogenomics, gene expression evolution, biological networks, and other topics, while teaching how to work with Unix systems and programming in R and Python.

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