Laura Boykin

Dr, BA Occidental Coll.(Calif.), MA S.Francisco State, PhD New Mexico

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2096 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
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Personal profile


Laura Boykin is an American computational biologist who uses genomics and supercomputing to help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa control whiteflies, which have caused devastation of local cassava crops. Using genetic data to understand the whitefly’s evolution, Boykin’s research has proven important genetic differences in various whitefly species. Boykin also works to equip African scientists with a greater knowledge of genomics and high-performance computing skills to tackle future insect outbreaks. Boykin completed her PhD in biology at the University of New Mexico while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Molecular Sciences and the ARC CoE Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia. She was recently named a Senior TED Fellow.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Research Fellow, Lab Head, Lecturer and Activist.

Funding overview

African Cassava Whitefly Project (NRI/BMGF)
Crawford Fund

Teaching overview

SCIE4002 Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics


Interests: Phylogenetics, Computational Biology, Invasion Biology, Evolution, Global Biosecurity, Cassava, whiteflies.


  • Africa
  • Bemisia tabaci (whitefly)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational biology and genomics for sustainable agriculture
  • Food security
  • Global biosecurity
  • Invasive species
  • Phylogenetics

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Bemisia tabaci Agriculture & Biology
Aleyrodidae Agriculture & Biology
Manihot Medicine & Life Sciences
Hemiptera Medicine & Life Sciences
cassava Agriculture & Biology
Genome Medicine & Life Sciences
genome Agriculture & Biology
Viruses Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

A metagenomic study of DNA viruses from samples of local varieties of common bean in Kenya

Wainaina, J. M., Ateka, E., Makori, T., Kehoe, M. A. & Boykin, L. M., 15 Mar 2019, In : PEERJ. 7, 18 p., 6465.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Analyses of seven new whole genome sequences of cassava brown streak viruses in Mozambique reveals two distinct clades: evidence for new species

Amisse, J. J. G., Ndunguru, J., Tairo, F., Ateka, E., Boykin, L. M., Kehoe, M. A., Cossa, N., Rey, C. & Sseruwagi, P., 1 Jun 2019, In : Plant Pathology. 68, 5, p. 1007-1018 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Evolutionary insights of Bean common mosaic necrosis virus and Cowpea aphid- borne mosaic virus

Wainaina, J. M., Kubatko, L., Harvey, J., Ateka, E., Makori, T., Karanja, D., Boykin, L. M. & Kehoe, M. A., 13 Feb 2019, In : PEERJ. 7, 20 p., 6297.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

First report of Cassava brown streak viruses on wild plant species in Mozambique

Amisse, J. J. G., Ndunguru, J., Tairo, F., Boykin, L. M., Kehoe, M. A., Cossa, N., Ateka, E., Rey, C. & Sseruwagi, P., Jan 2019, In : Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology. 105, p. 88-95 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Genetic Diversity of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Species Complex Across Malaysia

Shadmany, M., Boykin, L. M., Muhamad, R. & Omar, D., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Economic Entomology. 112, 1, p. 75-84 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Projects 2014 2018