Our group wants to understand how pathogenic fungi evolve to cause disease on plants. For this, we analyze populations of major crop pathogens and identify how host resistance mechanisms were circumvented, what processes are governing rapid adaptation and how the structure of the pathogen genome can influence the trajectory of individual genes. In our work, we combine field work with experiments in the lab and (a lot) of genome-scale analyses.
We are at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and run the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics.
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