Daniel Croll

Research interests

See the website of our group.



2023- Full Professor, University of Neuchâtel

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

2017-2022 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 recent publications

A complete list of publications is on our website.


Fouché S, Oggenfuss U, Chanclud E, Croll D. 2021. A Devil’s Bargain with transposable elements in plant pathogens. Trends in Genetics in press.

Badet T, Fouché S, Hartmann FE, Zala M, Croll D. 2021. Machine-learning predicts genomic determinants of meiosis-driven structural variation in a eukaryotic pathogen. Nature Communications 12:3551. DOI (Open Access)


Stauber L, Thomas B, Feurtey A, Prospero S, Croll D. 2021. Emergence and diversification of a highly invasive chestnut pathogen lineage across south-eastern Europe. eLife 10:e56279. DOI (Open Access)

Dutta A, Hartmann FE, Sardinha Francisco C, McDonald BA, Croll D. 2021. Mapping the adaptive landscape of a major agricultural pathogen reveals evolutionary constraints across heterogeneous environments. The ISME Journal. DOI (Open Access)

Grossen C, Guillaume F, Keller LF, Croll D. 2020. Purging of highly deleterious mutations through severe bottlenecks in ibex. Nature Communications 11:1001. DOI (Open Access)

Fouche S, Badet T, Oggenfuss U, Plissonneau P, Sardinha Francisco C, Croll D. 2020. Stress-driven transposable element de-repression dynamics and virulence evolution in a fungal pathogen. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37(1):221–239. DOI. Free Access.

Sánchez-Vallet A, Fouché S, Fudal I, Hartmann FE, Soyer JL, Tellier A, Croll D. 2018. The Genome Biology of Effector Gene Evolution in Filamentous Plant Pathogens. Annual Review of Phytopathology 56:21-40. DOI. Free PDF

Hartmann FE, Croll D. 2018. Distinct Trajectories of Massive Recent Gene Gains and Losses in Populations of a Microbial Eukaryotic Pathogen. Molecular Biology and Evolution 34:2808-2822. DOI


Hartmann FE, Sanchez-Vallet A, McDonald BA, Croll D. 2017. A fungal wheat pathogen evolved host specialization by extensive chromosomal rearrangements. The ISME Journal 11:1189-1204. DOI


Daniel Croll

Head of laboratory

Assistant professor



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