New paper in PNAS!

2018 is off to a great start! Our latest paper on the evolutionary origin of insect wings is now published in PNAS (self-archived  version here, and SI from here). By studying wing related tissues in the abdomen of beetles, we obtained further evidence supporting a  dual evolutionary origin of insect wings. Hope you like it!



Courtney Departmental Seminar

Courtney presented her PhD work at the Biology Departmental Seminar. The seminar was beautifully delivered, followed by some good discussions. We celebrated the success of the seminar with beer and lavash  :-)


Functional cis studies in beetles

Still preprint, but the manuscript regarding our effort to establish a system to analyze enhancers in Tribolium is now available on bioRxiv (link).

We had a lot of struggles to make this work, but we also had a lot of fun collaborating with Dan, Marc, and Ezzat. This work was not possible at all without their help. No celebration yet, as we still need to find good home for this manuscript (fingers crossed), but hope this is a big step forward in insect evodevo!

We made all of our FAIRE data available (NCBI GEO link here), so you can take a look at your genes and hunt for your enhancers!


Summer recap 5: conferences

We attended several conferences during the summer.

Yoshi presented at the 4th Asian-Pasific Drosophila Conference in Osaka Japan,  Indian Society for Developmental Biologists in Pune India, and Pan-American evo-devo conference in Calgary Canada.

Courtney presented her poster at Pan-American evo-devo conference in Calgary Canada. She was also the student representative of the Pan-Am evo-devo council, working hard to organize the meeting.

All conferences were amazing and stimulating!

Bonus: students from shashi’s lab (who kindly hosted me during the conference) took me to the historical mountain fort near Pune. Amazing place!


Summer recap 4: visitors

We had to amazing visitors in our lab this summer. Ana Fernández, a PhD student from Xavier Belles lab in Barcelona Spain, spent three months with us and worked on elucidating metamorphosis mechanism in the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. Taka Ohde, an assistant professor at Kyoto University, also visited us. We worked together on establishing a mayfly culture method and analyzing mayfly morphology. Thank you both so much for visiting us. It was fun!!