Evolutionary genomics of pathogens

Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics @UNINE

Welcome to our lab!


The lab of Daniel Croll wants to understand how pathogens evolve to cause disease. For this, we mainly focus on major crop pathogens to unravel mechanisms of rapid adaptation. We want to understand how host resistance mechanisms are circumvented, pesticides become ineffective and how pathogens cope with climate challenges. We take a broad view in our work and have strong interests in evolutionary processes at all levels from selfish elements to genomes and broad species comparisons. We also have a passion for projects related to conservation genomics. We combine computational work with empirical analyses from the field to the bench.

We are at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and run the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics.


Interested in joining our lab?

=> (STILL) OPEN POSTDOC POSITION! Please check out the ad here and get in touch with any question.

We are always happy to receive a message about your interests. You can either propose to apply for a fellowship (SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Marie Curie, EMBO, HFSP, Swiss Government Excellence, etc.) or inquire about PhD student/postdoc openings in the lab. Please make sure to briefly explain why you’d like to join us, what your background is and what general interests you have moving forward. Please send your message to Daniel.


News from the lab

18 July 2022  We have some amazing new PhD students and a postdoc joining our lab in autumn. Stay tuned!
16 June 2022  Open PhD and postdoc positions in the lab! See above please.
9 June 2022  Big congrats to Sami Sayer from Colombia for being awarded a postdoctoral scholarship to join us in autumn!
2 June 2022  Emile helped put together the amazing CanFunNet22 conference happening now! Hadjer and Daniel gave talks.
13 May 2022  Alice, Guido and Daniel attended their first physical conference in a long time! The ISCLB22 in Tunisia was amazing.
28 April 2022 Robert Waterhouse (UNIL) gave an excellent institute seminar. Thanks for spending time with us!
29 March 2022 Ursula Oggenfuss gave her public presentation and is now Dr. Oggenfuss!
15 March 2022 Awesome PhD defence by Ursula Oggenfuss today. Congratulations!
9 March 2022 Daniel has been nominated as a Full Professor effective in 2023. The biggest thanks to all the amazing lab members who made this possible.
17 Feb 2022 Big congrats to Vinciane for getting your PhD!
28 Jan 2022 We are restarting now our regular group meetings. Looking very much forward to a wonderful 2022 with an amazing lab!
17 Dec 2021 A big month for Leen and Ursula winning a Doc.Mobility and Postdoc.Mobility grant, respectively! Warmest congratulations for these amazing feats!
9 Dec 2021 Congratulations Sabina for your paper now officially published in MBE!
16 Nov 2021 Lea Stauber has just won an award for her PhD thesis!
5 Nov 2021 Fantastic PhD defence by Vinciane Mossion - congrats!
15 Oct 2021 Congrats Nikhil for getting your PhD!
17 Sep 2021 Congratulations Ursula for your paper coming out in eLife today!
3 Sep 2021 Happy to see our Opinion piece out today in Trends in Genetics.
1 Sep 2021 Welcome to Emile Gluck-Thaler joining our lab as a Marie Curie postdoc!
30 Aug 2021 Congratulations Ursula, Nikhil and Ben for your recently accepted publications!
25 Aug 2021 Our tasty international apéro is happening!
2 Aug 2021 A very warm welcome to Hanna Glad starting her PhD in our lab!
21 June 2021 We went on a cool litte walk. Fun without Zoom!
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.​