Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Matthew Terry

Second Advisor

Dr. Megan Keniry

Third Advisor

Dr. Mirayda Torres – Avila


The primary objective of this study was to further the understanding of the wing origin in insects. Currently there are several theories which are popular such as the tergum theory, the pleural plate theory, and the dual theory of wing origin. Studies for these theories have been done on crustaceans, the ancestors to modern day insects. By utilizing a pre insect hexapod, it may be possible to better understand the transition to insect wings. Members of the Collembola species Hypogastrurid are one of these pre-insect hexapods which may provide a clue into origins of wing development. During this study, the expression of Engrailed, Distal-less, Dachshund, Abdominal – A, Abdominal – B, Cut, Notch, Ultrabithorax, Wingless, and SexCombs Reduced were studied through antibody stains.


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