Artyom Kopp

Artyom Kopp

Position Title
Director, Center for Population Biology; Professor

Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences
Center for Population Biology

3322/3333/3337 Storer Hall

Profile Introduction

Evolutionary and Developmental Genetics

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.

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, Fall
  • EVE 150 Evolution of Animal Development, Winter
  • 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


    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.