Farewell Kangxu!

Kangxu has completed his two-year training in my lab under the support of China Scholarship Council and is going back to China today. Two years went by too quickly… It was so much fun working with you! Let’s keep in touch and continue working together!

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!!