Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Matthew Terry
Dr. Megan Keniry
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 Sex – Combs Reduced were studied through antibody stains.
Gonzalez, Samantha A., "Early Embryology in Collembola with an Emphasis on Wing Development" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 878.