Artyom Kopp

Artyom Kopp

Position Title

Department of Evolution and Ecology
Center for Population Biology

3322/3333/3337 Storer Hall

Profile Introduction

Evolutionary and Developmental Genetics

Research Interests

Our research lies at the interface of developmental and evolutionary genetics. We are particularly interested in the origin of evolutionary innovations, evolution of sexual dimorphism, and the role of development in shaping the genetic basis of trait evolution. We address these questions by integrating developmental-genetic, genomic, quantitative-genetic and phylogenetic approaches in a wide variety of Drosophila species.

Grad Group Affiliations

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

Specialties / Focus

  • Animal Genomics
  • Behavior, Physiology and Morphology
  • Development
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Systematics and Comparative Biology


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


  • Kopp Lab

Honors and Awards

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


    • 1999 PhD Developmental Biology Washington University


    Luecke, D. M. and Kopp, A. (2019). Sex-specific evolution of relative leg size in Drosophila prolongata results from changes in the intersegmental coordination of tissue growth. Evolution 73(11): 2281-2294

    Wexler, J., Delaney, E. K., Belles, X., Schal, C., Wada-Katsumata, A., Amicucci, M. J, and Kopp, A. (2019). Hemimetabolous insects elucidate the origin of sexual development via alternative splicing. eLife 8:e47490.

    Rice, G.R., Barmina, O., Luecke, D., Hu, K., Arbeitman, M., and Kopp, A. (2019) Modular tissue-specific regulation of doublesex underpins sexually dimorphic development in Drosophila. Development 146: dev178285.

    Eksi, S. E., Barmina, O., McCallough, C. L., Kopp, A., and Orenic, T. V. (2018). A Distalless-responsive enhancer of the Hox gene Sex combs reduced is required for segment- and sex-specific sensory organ development in Drosophila. PLoS Genetics 14(4):e1007320.

    Rice, G. R., Barmina, O., Hu, K., and Kopp, A. (2018). Evolving doublesex expression correlates with the origin and diversification of male sexual ornaments in the Drosophila immigrans species group. Evol Devel 20:78-88.

    Yassin, A., Delaney, E. K., Reddieux, A., Bastide, H., Seher, T., Appleton, N. C., Lack, J. B., David, J. R., Chenoweth, S. F., Pool, J. E., and Kopp, A. (2016). The pdm3 Locus Is a Hotspot for Recurrent Evolution of Female-Limited Color Dimorphism in Drosophila. Current Biology 26, 2412-2422

    Signor, S. A., Liu, Y., Rebeiz, M., and Kopp, A. (2016). Genetic Convergence in the Evolution of Male-Specific Color Patterns in Drosophila. Current Biology 26, 2423-2433

    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.

    Kopp, A. (2012). Dmrt genes in the development and evolution of sexual dimorphism Trends Genet 28: 175 – 184.

    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. S., Morgan, J. L., Bhatnagar, S., Eisen, J. A., and Kopp, A. (2011). Bacterial communities of diverse Drosophila species: Ecological context of a host-microbe model system. PLoS Genetics 7: e1002272

    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.