Anne Roulin

Anne Roulin, Prof. Dr.

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

URPP Evolution Assistant Professor

Phone: +41 44 634 83 98


Plant Evolutionary Genomics


Local adaptation represents the first step to biological diversification and speciation. Elucidating the genetic mechanisms underlying this process therefore constitutes a key question in the field of evolutionary biology. Mutations as well as chromosome rearrangements have been shown to be involved in this evolutionary process. However, to what extent other sources of genetic variation influence the evolution of natural populations remains poorly understood. To this regard, the aim of our project is to better understand how transposable element activation contributes to the evolution of natural populations, using Brachypodium distachyon as a model.

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B. distachyon and its natural habitat



Thieme M, Brêchet A, Bourgeois Y, Keller B, Bucher E, Roulin AC (2022).

Experimentally heat-induced transposition increases drought tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana (

New Phytologist, June 2022


Stritt C, Gimmi EL, Wyler M, Bakali AH, Skalska A, [...] Roulin AC (2022).

Migration without interbreeding: evolutionary history of a highly selfing Mediterranean grass inferred from whole genomes (

Molecular Ecology, January 2022


Stritt C, Thieme M, Roulin AC (2021).

Rare transposable elements challenge the prevailing view of transposition dynamics in plants (

American Journal of Botany, August 2021


Manser B, Koller T, Praz CR, Roulin AC, [...], Keller B, Sánchez-Martín J (2021).

Identification of specificity-defining amino acids of the wheat immune receptor Pm2 and powdery mildew effector AvrPm2 (

The Plant Journal, May 2021


Stritt C, Roulin AC (2021).

Detecting Signatures of TE Polymorphisms in Short-Read Sequencing Data (

In: Cho J. Plant Transposable Elements, part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series, April 2021


Thieme M, Roulin AC (2021).

Identification of Active Transposable Elements in Plants: The Mobilome-Seq Approach. (

In: Cho J. Plant Transposable Elements, part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series, April 2021


Abrouk M, Athiyannan N, Müller T, Pailles Y, Stritt C, Roulin AC, [...] Keller B, Krattinger SG (2021).

Population genomics and haplotype analysis in spelt and bread wheat identifies a gene regulating glume color (

Communications Biology, March 2021

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