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!



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...

Ancestral building blocks of crucifer genomes revisited

We revisited the concept of the Ancestral Crucifer Karyotype (ACK) and the definition of a revised set of 22 conserved genomic...

chromDraw graphic tool for karyotype visualization

Basic features of the chromDraw tool are described in our recent paper published in Chromosome Research.

TheBoechera paper and Lysak lab highlighted in Lab Times's journal club

Plant Cytogenomics in Brno, Czech Republic: Treading in Mendel’s Genomic Footsteps