Professor Wittke-Thompson and Five Students Publish Scientific Research Article

Dr. Jackie Wittke-Thompson

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 Dr. Jackie Wittke-Thompson, Professor of Biology at the University of St. Francis (USF), and five USF biology majors including Sarah Piane, Victoria Akinwotu Adewale, Alexis Fragoso, Mason Craig, and Genesys Haro, recently had a scientific research article published in microPublication Biology.

The students鈥 data collection efforts helped to identify the location of a point mutation in the genome in a fruit fly mutant. Data was collected in Fall 2021 in Dr. Wittke-Thompson’s BIOL151 Beginning Investigative Experiences in Biology course, and was a collaboration with four other universities as part of the Fly-CURE program, of which Dr. Wittke-Thompson is a member.

鈥淯SF first-year biology majors helped to identify the location of a point mutation in the genome in a fruit fly mutant – using genetic crosses, PCR, and DNA sequencing. The mutation identified is located in the GstE14 gene, which is involved in the regulation of tissue growth,鈥 said Dr. Wittke-Thompson.

Read 鈥淕enetic Mapping and Phenotypic Analysis of GstE14E.4.1 on Eye and Antennae Development in Drosophila melanogaster鈥, which was originally published on April 13, 2024, at .

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