Leen Abraham

Domaines de recherche

My research goal is to understand the trajectory of virulence evolution in fungal plant pathogens. Many molecular determinants are known to contribute to virulence yet how these factors are regulated during infection is poorly understood. My project aims to analyze adaptive evolution driven by the regulation of effector gene expression in the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. Using transcriptome sequencing, I will analyze how polymorphism in the genome influences gene expression both in pure cultures and during leaf infections.


August 2017- present: PhD Student, Laboratory of evolutionary Genetics, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

2014-2017 :  Junior Research Fellow, ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Kerala, India. Project Title: “Indo- Swiss Cassava Network” for the development of CMD (Cassava mosaic disease) resistant transgenic cassava

2015-2016: Scientific exchange with ETH, Zurich (Group of Plant Biotechnology) in the framework of the “Indo- Swiss Cassava Network Project”

2009- 2014: B. Sc- M.Sc. (Integrated) Biotechnology, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India. Thesis Title: Genetic transformation of  (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson)”.

Leen Abraham

Assistante doctorante



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