Adam R. Boyko
Assistant Professor
Adam Boyko




Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
T8 016A Vet Research Tower
Ithaca, NY 14853


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Adam R. Boyko received B.S. degrees in Ecology, Ethology & Evolution and Computer Science in 1999 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a M.S. degree in Computer Science in 2004 from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Biology in 2005 from Purdue University. He became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.

Research Description

Research in the Boyko lab is focused on genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics. In particular, we are interested in understanding how the forces of natural and artificial selection have shaped the domestic dog genome and the genetic architecture underlying the tremendous diversity we see in dogs today.

Selected Publications

  • Williams, Larissa M., et al. "SNP identification, verification, and utility for population genetics in a non-model genus." BMC Genet. 11 (2010): 32.
  • Hayward, Jessica J., and Allen G. Rodrigo. "The distribution of feline immunodeficiency virus in tissue compartments of feral domestic cats." Arch. Virol. 155.3 (2010): 411-6.
  • Boyko, Adam R., et al. "A simple genetic architecture underlies morphological variation in dogs." PLoS Biol. 8.8 (2010): e1000451.
  • Hayward, Jessica J., et al. "Microevolution of canine influenza virus in shelters and its molecular epidemiology in the United States." J. Virol. 84.24 (2010): 12636-45.
  • vonHoldt, Bridgett M., et al. "Genome-wide SNP and haplotype analyses reveal a rich history underlying dog domestication." Nature 464.7290 (2010): 898-902.
  • Hayward, Jessica J., and Allen G. Rodrigo. "Molecular epidemiology of feline immunodeficiency virus in the domestic cat (Felis catus)." Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol. 134.1-2 (2010): 68-74.
  • Weisz, Jeremy B., et al. "Zooxanthellar symbionts shape host sponge trophic status through translocation of carbon." Biol. Bull. 219.3 (2010): 189-97.
  • Goldstein, Orly, et al. "An ADAM9 mutation in canine cone-rod dystrophy 3 establishes homology with human cone-rod dystrophy 9." Mol. Vis. 16 (2010): 1549-69.
  • vonHoldt, Bridgett M., et al. "A genome-wide perspective on the evolutionary history of enigmatic wolf-like canids." Genome Res. 21.8 (2011): 1294-305.
  • Myers, Rachel A., et al. "A population genetic approach to mapping neurological disorder genes using deep resequencing." PLoS Genet. 7.2 (2011): e1001318.
  • Myles, Sean, et al. "Genetic structure and domestication history of the grape." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 108.9 (2011): 3530-5.
  • Xie, Xianfa, et al. "Levels and patterns of nucleotide variation in domestication QTL regions on rice chromosome 3 suggest lineage-specific selection." PLoS ONE. 6.6 (2011): e20670.
  • Molina, Jeanmaire, et al. "Molecular evidence for a single evolutionary origin of domesticated rice." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 108.20 (2011): 8351-6.
  • Boyko, Adam R.. "The domestic dog: man's best friend in the genomic era." Genome Biol. 12.2 (2011): 216.
  • Hung, Hsiao-Yi, et al. "ZmCCT and the genetic basis of day-length adaptation underlying the postdomestication spread of maize." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109.28 (2012): E1913-21.
  • Lin, Zhongwei, et al. "Parallel domestication of the Shattering1 genes in cereals." Nature Genetics 44.6 (2012): 720-724.
  • Ramsby, Blake D., et al. "Epibiont–basibiont interactions: examination of ecological factors that influence specialization in a two-sponge association between Geodia vosmaeri (Sollas, 1886) and Amphimedon erina (de Laubenfels, 1936)." Hydrobiologia 687.1 (2012): 331-340.
  • Wu, C. A., C. J. Smith, and Andrew J. Massaro. "Microsatellite loci in Ipomopsis aggregata (Polemoniaceae) and cross-species applicability for ecological genetics studies." American Journal of Botany 99.7 (2012): e298-e300.
  • Hufford, Matthew B., et al. "Comparative population genomics of maize domestication and improvement." Nat. Genet.. 44.7 (2012): 808-11.
  • Massaro, Andrew J., et al. "Behavioral and morphological changes caused by thermal stress in the Great Barrier Reef sponge Rhopaloeides odorabile." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 416-417 (2012): 55-60.