Daniel Croll

Research interests

See the website of our group.



2018- Vice-Director of the Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel

2017- Assistant Professor, University of Neuchâtel

2015-2016 Group leader (Oberassistent), ETH Zurich

2013-2014 SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

2010-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Zurich



2009 PhD, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

2003 MSc Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland



BSc Biology

Génétique évolutive

APP - Génétique évolutive

TP Génétique évolutive

MSc Biology

Evolutionary Ecology​

Seminar in Ecology and Biodiversity (with Pilar Junier and Sergio Rasmann)

Bioinformatic Tools (with Thomas Junier and Nikolai Ivanov)

Experimental Parasitology (with Jacob Koella)


Selected publications

Complete list of publications: website.

Sánchez-Vallet A, Fouché S, Fudal I, Hartmann FE, Soyer JL, Tellier A, Croll D*. The Genome Biology of Effector Gene Evolution in Filamentous Plant Pathogens. Annual Review of Phytopathology. 56:21-40

Plissonneau C, Hartmann FE, Croll D*. Pangenome analyses of the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici reveal the structural basis of a highly plastic eukaryotic genome. BMC Biology. ​16:5

Hartmann FE, Croll D*. Distinct Trajectories of Massive Recent Gene Gains and Losses in Populations of a Microbial Eukaryotic Pathogen. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 34:2808-2822

Hartmann FE, Sanchez-Vallet  A, McDonald BA, Croll D*. A fungal wheat pathogen evolved host specialization by extensive chromosomal rearrangements. The ISME Journal. 11:1189-1204

Mohd-Assaad N, McDonald BA, Croll D. Multi-locus resistance evolution to azole fungicides in fungal plant pathogen populations. 2017. Molecular Ecology.
Plissonneau C, Stürchler A, Croll D. The evolution of orphan regions in genomes of a fungal pathogen of wheat. 2016. mBio. 7 (5):e01231-16.

Croll D, Lendenmann MH, Stewart E, McDonald BA. Impact of recombination hotspots on genome evolution of a fungal plant pathogen. 2015. Genetics. 201 (3): 1213-1228.

Grossen C, Keller L, Biebach I, The International Goat Genome Consortium, Croll D. Introgression from domestic goat generated variation at the major histocompatibility complex of Alpine ibex. 2014. PLoS Genetics 10(6): e1004438

Croll D, Zala M, McDonald BA. Breakage-fusion-bridge cycles and large insertions contribute to the rapid evolution of accessory chromosomes in a fungal pathogen. 2013. PLoS Genetics 9 (6):e1003567.

Croll D, McDonald BA. The accessory genome as a cradle for adaptive evolution in pathogens. 2012. PLoS Pathogens 8 (4): e1002608.

Torriani SFF, Stukenbrock EH, Brunner PC, McDonald BA, Croll D. Evidence for Extensive Recent Intron Transposition in Closely Related Fungi. 2011.Current Biology 21: 2017-2022.


Daniel Croll

Head of laboratory

Assistant professor



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