Hi! I am currently a junior group leader at the ETH. I work on genomics and evolution. I’ve recently started using machine learning and deep learning, in particular, to answer long standing questions in biology. I use fungi and plants as model organisms.
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PhD in Biology, 2016
Master's of Biology -, 2013
This project has been published in Nature Communications in February 2023 and can be found here. You can find a very short summary of our main findings below. Human activity has a tremendous impact on the evolutionary trajectories of many species worldwide.
Using several fully assembled Zymoseptoria genomes, we describe here a high level of conservation in genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic composition and structure across the genus Zymoseptoria, despite previous reports of high genomic plasticity in Z. tritici. The compartmentalized genome allows the maintenance of a functional core genome co-occurring with a highly variable accessory genome.
We demonstrated a significant and particularly strong level of host-pathogen costructure between the anther-smut pathogen Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae and its host plant Silene latifolia. his, together with the inoculation results, suggests that coevolutionary and competitive processes are involved in the evolution of these two species.