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 recently moved to the University of Neuchâtel where we have now established the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics.
Our group was previously affiliated with the Plant Pathology at the ETH Zurich.
Latest news (check also the Blog):
2 Aug 2017: Leen Abraham started her PhD in our group.
3 July 2017: Thomas Badet joined our lab for a 3-month research exchange.
21 May 2017: Lab hike to see the stunning Creux du Van.
2 April 2017: New blog entry by Ursula Oggenfuss, our new PhD student.