The Lysak Lab

About us

We investigate genome evolution across the plant kingdom at different levels of complexity:  

  • DNA sequences (NGS-based genome analysis)
  • Chromosomes (chromosome rearrangements, karyotype evolution)
  • Genomes (genome collinearity, polyploidy)
  • Species (speciation, phylogenomics)


Genome evolution in crucifers (Brassicaceae) is our leading research theme. We are analyzing the incidence, mechanisms and rate of chromosome rearrangements, sequence structure of chromosome breakpoints, modes of centromere shift and elimination, evolution of repetitive sequences, and reconstructing ancestral genomes. We are testing causal links between whole-genome duplication events, karyotypic variation and species radiations.


If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact us!



Genome history of camelina is emerging from the shadows

Sequencing of the camelina (Camelina sativa) genome revealed that the genome consists of three parental subgenomes. However...

"Our promiscuous bittercresses" highlighted in Annals of Botany

Mike Chester (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) posted a comment on our paper published in Annals of Botany earlier this year (...

Special Issue "Chromosomal Evolution in Plants"

Martin and Hanna Schneeweiss (University of Vienna) are guest editors of a research topic in...