Wing disc apoptosis during development in Pheidole - BIOL 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Ehab Abouheif

Supervisor's Email: ehab.abouheif [at]

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Supervisor's department: Biology

Course number: BIOL 396 (Biology)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Wing disc apoptosis during development in Pheidole

Project description (50-100 words suggested): In many species of ants, the gene networks regulating wing suppression in wingless castes of ants is not conserved. To study these differences in wing development, larvae from various species of Pheidole ants at specific points in larval-to-pupal development will be isolated, and dissected to reveal their wing discs. Apoptosis assays will then be used to study the spatial and temporal onset of apoptosis in wing discs. We hope to gain better understanding of wing polyphenism in ants through comparison of apoptosis patterns between species.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Report: 50%; Lab Work: 25%; Lab Book: 10%; Experimental Design and Outcomes: 15%.

Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

How students can apply / Next steps: After all parts of this application form are completed, and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring this application form and your unofficial transcript to Susan Gabe (Stewart Biology W3/25B) or Nancy Nelson (W3/25) during office hours.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves animal subjects; handling chemicals.