Artyom Kopp

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Center for Population Biology
Evolution and Ecology

Offices and Labs

3322/3333/3337 Storer Hall
(530) 752-8657

Profile Introduction

Evolutionary and Developmental Genetics


1999 PhD Developmental Biology Washington University

Research Interests

Our lab combines developmental and evolutionary genetics to understand the origin of new phenotypes and ecological adaptations. Our interests include the evolution of developmental pathways, the origin of sex-specific morphological traits, evolution of insect behavior and host plant preferences, and molecular mechanisms and ecological impact of insect-bacterial symbiosis. We address these questions by integrating molecular-genetic, genomic, quantitative-genetic and phylogenetic approaches in a variety of Drosophila species.


Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, 2009-2010
Kavli Frontiers of Science fellow, 2008-2010
UC-Davis Chancellor's fellow, 2010-2015

Department and Center Affiliations

Center for Population Biology
Department of Evolution and Ecology

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Population Biology
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Population Biology
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Behavior, Physiology and Morphology
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Animal Genomics
Integrative Genetics and Genomics
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Development


Kopp Lab website


EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution (Fall)
EVE 150 Evolution of Animal Development (Winter)
PBG 200A Principles of Population Biology
BIS 002A Introduction to Biology

Personal Interests



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  • Chen, Z., et al (2014). Comparative validation of the D. melanogaster modENCODE transcriptome annotation. Genome Research 24: 1209–1223.

  • Atallah, J., Teixeira, L., Salazar, R., Zaragoza, G., and Kopp, A. (2014). The making of a pest: the evolution of a fruit-penetrating ovipositor in Drosophila suzukii and related species. Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20132840.

  • Tanaka, K., Barmina, O., and Kopp, A. (2009). Distinct developmental mechanisms underly the evolutionary diversification of Drosophila sex combs. PNAS 106: 4764 – 4769.
  • Kopp, A. (2009). Metamodels and phylogenetic replication: A systematic approach to the evolution of developmental pathways. Evolution 63: 2771-2789
  • Williams, T. M., Selegue, J., Werner, T., Gompel, N., Kopp, A., and Carroll, S. B. (2008). The regulation and evolution of a genetic switch controlling sexually dimorphic traits in Drosophila. Cell 134: 610-623.
  • Kopp, A., Barmina, O., Hamilton, A., Higgins, L., McIntyre, L., and Jones, C. (2008) Evolution of gene expression in the Drosophila olfactory system. Mol Biol Evol 25:1081-1092.
  • Ng, C.-S., Hamilton, A. M., Frank, A., Barmina, O., and Kopp, A. (2008). Genetic basis of sex-specific color patterns in Drosophila malerkotliana. Genetics 180: 421-429.
  • Bickel, R.D., Kopp, A., Nuzhdin, S.V., (2011). Composite Effects of Polymorphisms near Multiple Regulatory Elements Create a Major-Effect QTL. PLoS Genetics 7(1): e1001275
  • Kaczmarczyk, A.N., and Kopp, A. (2010). Germline stem cell maintenance as a proximate mechanism of life-history trade-offs? Bioessays 33(1): 5-12
  • Tanaka, K., Barmina, O., Sanders, L., Arbeitman, M. and Kopp, A. (2011). Evolution of sex-specific traits through changes in HOX-dependent doublesex expression. PLoS Biology 9(8): e1001131.
  • Chandler, J., Morgan Lang, J., Bhatnagar, S., Jonathan A. Eisen, J.A., Kopp, A. 2011. Bacterial Communities of Diverse Drosophila Species: Ecological Context of a Host-Microbe Model System. PLOS Genetics; 9(7): e1002272.
  • Kopp, A. 2012. Dmrt genes in the development and evolution of sexual dimorphism. Trends in Genetics 28(4): 175-184.