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):
26 April 2019: Spontaneous lab hike up the Harder.
12 March 2019: We are looking forward to Vinciane Monod and Luzia Stalder joining our lab as PhD students 1 April (no joke!)
27 February 2019: We are currently hosting 10 BSc students doing bioinformatics research projects in our lab - solving some big puzzles on pathogen emergence!
14 Jan 2019: Welcome to Estelle Fleury joining us for an internship!
1 Jan 2019: Happy New Year!
6 Dec 2018: Camille Kessler (MSc student) presents her work on Alpine ibex
31 Oct 2018: Scary times in the lab!
18 Sep 2018: Welcome to Stéphanie Ruaud starting as a MSc student!
4 Sep 2018: Welcome Ophélie Gning starting as a lab technician in our lab!
23 Aug 2018: Welcome Camille Kessler starting as a MSc student!
16 June 2018: Lab hike down the Gorges de l'Areuse.
14 May 2018: New blog post by Thomas Badet!
10 May 2018: New blog post by Sabina Tralamazza!
26 April 2018: Thomas Badet and Sabina Tralamazza (FAPESP fellow) join our group as postdocs. Welcome!
24 Feb 2018: Our Current Opinion in Microbiology paper is now online
31 Jan 2018: New blog post by Emilie Chanclud!
29 Jan 2018: Congrats to Emilie Chanclud for receiving a Marie Curie postdoc fellowship with us!
16 Sep 2017: Luzia Stalder and Yann Jeanneret joined our lab for a MSc project. Welcome!
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.