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Artyom Kopp


Evolution and Ecology

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



1999 PhD Washington University Developmental Biology

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 Graduate Group Affiliations:

Population Biology  
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology  

Specialties / Focus:

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Animal Genomics

Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics


Last updated 4/16/2012
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

Telonis-Scott, M., Kopp, A., Wayne, M. L., Nuzhdin, S. V., and McIntyre, L. M. (2009). Sex-specific splicing in Drosophila: Widespread occurrence, tissue-specificity, and evolutionary conservation. Genetics 181: 421-434.

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.

Laboratory Personnel:

Kopp Lab


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