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!



The exciting story of an endemic Australian crucifer clade was published in Molecular Ecology

These results are among the first to demonstrate multispeed genome evolution in taxa descending from a common allopolyploid ancestor...

Our paper on mesopolyploid whole-genome duplications selected as a Featured Article in Plant Journal

Our paper reporting on concealed whole-genome duplications in several Brassicaceae tribes and genera was selected as a Featured...

We were awarded an Inter-Excellence grant to work on tribe Boechereae

We were successful with our application for a three-year Inter-Excellence research grant to work on genome evolution of tribe...

A chromosome inversion affects multiple ecologically important traits in Boechera

What is the role of inversions in adaptation and speciation? New data on the adaptive role of a young paracentric inversion were...

ICPHB2016, 11-14 May 2016, Rovinj, Croatia

Teri gave an invited lecture on "Multiple patterns of genome evolution in the Brassicaceae: a lesson from the polyploid-rich genus...