Wings INSIDE of the beetle body

Our paper describing the tissues transforming into wings in the Hox mutants of Tribolium is now published in  Arthropod Structure & Development!

We found that ectopic wing tissues are sometimes formed even inside of the beetle body, and was also able to show that two distinct tissues (of tergal and pleural nature) can independently transform into wings. This work was only possible because of hours and hours of dedicated works by Maddy and Courtney!

Also, check out the entire issue, which is the insect wing special issue: “Wings and Powered Flight: Core Novelties in Insect Evolution“. A lot of cool insect wing papers!!


Talawanda High

Our lab visited two science classes at Talawanda high school. We discussed our research findings on insect wings, as well as how we study evolution from the evo-devo point of view. We had so much fun interacting with motivated high school students! Many thanks, Ms. Raynord and Mr. Yuva, for inviting us!!


Dr. Halfon visit

Dr. Marc Halfon at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York visited Miami and gave the departmental seminar “Repeal, replace, and redeploy: evolution of a conserved gene regulatory network in the mosquito Aedes aegypti“.

We had a lot of good discussions about how to improve our enhancer prediction methods. Thanks, Marc for a very intriguing seminar!


The 1st AsiaEvo conference

Yoshi attended the 1st AsiaEvo conference that was held in Shenzhen, China. This was the first Asia-wide evolutionary biology conference. The conference was amazing; close to 1,000 attendees and many interesting presentations. Yoshi gave a talk in the session “The developmental origin of novel complex traits”. 

We also had a tour to the China National GeneBank, which was an amazing facility!