Professor Martin A. Lysak gained his PhD (2000) at the Palacky University and Institute of Experimental Botany in Olomouc. He worked in Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben and at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Currently, he is a research group leader at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Masaryk University, Brno.
The research of Martin Lysak focuses on the role of chromosomal rearrangements and karyotype evolution in speciation, evolution of repeats, comparative and evolutionary paleogenomics, as well as on evolutionary impacts of ancient and more recent polyploidies. His long-lasting passion is genome evolution in crucifers. His research team is currently elucidating several whole-genome duplications across the Brassicaceae family tree.