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!



MUNI SCIENTIST 2023 Award for the members of the Lysak Lab

The Grant Agency of Masaryk University presented the MUNI Scientist 2023 Awards. Martin Lysák, Terezie Mandáková, Xinyi Guo and Yile...

New global Brassicaceae phylogeny published!

An internationl team of researchers published an unprecedented phylogeny of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) with representatives...

The horseradish genome decoded

Czech and Chinese researchers have obtained the first gap-free sequence of the horseradish genome. Combining data from...

Step into Africa! CEITEC scientists elucidate the role of ancient whole-genome duplications in the origin of South Africa's unique flora

Year after year, the brown desert landscape of Namaqualand in South Africa is transformed into one of the most beautiful floral...

PhD project in centromere genomics

Topic title:  The “black holes” of plant chromosomes: centromere structure and evolution