Evolutionary genomics of pathogens

Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics @UNINE


The lab of Daniel Croll wants to understand how pathogens 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.

News from the lab

10 June 2021 Our paper showing how sequence rearrangements can be predicted is out in Nature Communications.​ Here’s a blog post summarizing our work.
10 June 2021 Congratulations Hanna Glad for an awesome MSc thesis & presentation today!
31 March 2021 Here’s our contribution to the analysis of the Zambian wheat blast outbreak on Zenodo DOI
13 March 2021 We went on a hike to Mürren. Great to spend some time together outdoors.
5 March 2021 Our paper on chestnut blight emergence is now out in eLife
5 February 2021 Congratulations to Lea Stauber for passing her PhD defence!
15 January 2020 Our paper on pathogen trade-offs is now out in The ISME Journal.​
4 January 2021 Happy New Year everyone!
15 December 2020 We celebrated our lab at a little outdoor event.
19 September 2020 Welcome to our MSc students Hanna, Laetitia, Nicolas, Fanny, Elizabete and Sara!
13 July 2020 Our lab went on outdoor trip!
1 July 2020 Welcome to Sabina Tralamazza joining us as a postdoc.
1 May 2020 Welcome Alice Feurtey! She joins us as a postdoc in collab. with the ETH.
16 March 2020 Our lab is now in home office with plenty of Zoom and Slack going on. We wish you all the best out there and hope to meet you soon in person again. Take care and stay healthy!
1 March 2020 Welcome back Simone Fouché! She joins us as a new postdoc.
21 February 2020 Our paper on deleterious mutations in ibex is now out in Nature Communications.​