Diego Gonzalez

SNSF Ambizione fellow



Carrier and research interests


Trained as a microbiologist and molecular biologist, I am pursuing an academic carrier at the crossroad of microbiology and evolutionary biology.


I obtained a PhD from the University of Lausanne in 2013 studying the molecular clockwork of bacterial regulatory processes, including DNA methylation and small molecules. After a postdoctoral research time in Oxford and Lausanne dedicated to bacterial evolution, I settled in the Laboratoire de Microbiologie of the University of Neuchâtel, where I am leading a small research group since autumn 2018. Overall, the aim of my group is to shed light on bacterial rhythmic behaviors and to gain a better understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities.


See the project webpage for further details.



Academic curriculum


  • 2018 – to date SNSF Ambizione fellow


            Laboratoire de Microbiologie, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


  • 2017 – 2018   Postdoctoral fellow (group of Prof. Philipp Engel)


            Department of Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 2015 – 2017   Postdoctoral fellow  (group of Prof. Kevin Foster)


            Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom


  • 2013 – 2014   Postdoctoral fellow (group of Dr Justine Collier)


            Department of Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 2013    PhD in Life Sciences (group of Dr Justine Collier)


            Department of Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 2010    Master in Experimental biology and bioinformatics


            Department of Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland




* : First co-authors. % : Co-corresponding authors. # : five most significant

As First Author, from the postdoctoral research:





As First Author, from the PhD:




  • Gonzalez Diego, Jennifer B. Kozdon, Harley H. McAdams, Lucy Shapiro and Justine Collier (2014), “The functions of DNA methylation by CcrM in Caulobacter crescentus: a global approach”, Nucleic Acids Research, 42 (6):3720-35. # [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3973325]


  • Gonzalez Diego and Justine Collier (2013), “DNA methylation by CcrM activates the transcription of two genes required for the division of Caulobacter crescentus”, Molecular Microbiology, 88 (1): 203-218.        [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3708114]
As Author, from the PhD:



  • Shevket Shevket H., Diego Gonzalez, Jared L. Cartwright, Colin Kleanthous, Stuart J. Ferguson, Christina Redfield, Despoina A. Mavridou (2018), “The CcmC-CcmE interaction during cytochrome c maturation by System I is driven by protein-protein and not protein-heme contacts”, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 293(43): 16778-16790. [http://www.jbc.org/content/293/43/16778.long]


  • Gallego-García Aranza, Antonio A. Iniesta, Diego González, Justine Collier, S. Padmanabhan, Mont­serrat Elías-Arnanz (2017), “Caulobacter crescentus CdnL is a non-essential RNA polymerase-bin­ding protein whose depletion impairs normal growth and rRNA transcription”, Scientific Reports, 7: 43240.           [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5324124]


  • Kozdon Jennifer B., Michael D. Melfi, Khai Luong, Tyson A. Clark, Matthew Boitano, Susana Wang, Bo Zhou, Diego Gonzalez, Justine Collier, Stephen W. Turner, Jonas Korlach, Lucy Shapiro, Harley H. McAdams (2013), “Global methylation state at base pair resolution of the Caulobacter genome throughout the cell cycle”, PNAS, 110 (48): E4658-67. [http://www.pnas.org/content/110/48/E4658.abstract]



Reviews, from the postdoctoral research time:


  • Diego Gonzalez and Despoina A. Mavridou (2019), “Making the Best of Aggression: The Many Dimensions of Bacterial Toxin Regulation”, Trends in Microbiology, 27(11): 897-905.