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!
Our research on the evolution of insect wings was featured in Miami News!
Tomoyasu’s research helps solve the centuries-old mystery of the origin of insect wings
And here is the second article, more about our lab.
Yoshi Tomoyasu’s evo-devo lab: Behind the scenes
Thanks, Susan Meikle (University News and Communications), for the great articles!
One last lab gathering to give a proper send-off to Courtney. Best of luck on your new adventure!
Just to show you the beauty of this beetle! A larger version is available from here.
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!!
We attended the 11th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium held at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We had many interesting presentations in a very interactive atmosphere. Courtney, Kevin, Nelchi, Kangxu, and Maddy presented their research.
And, yes, Yoshi really used the HotWheel scooter at the conference (because of the torn calf muscles)…
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!!