Drosophila Egg Surrounded by a Simple Columnar Epithelium
The Shvartsman lab studies mechanical properties of developing tissues. The image shows a developing Drosophila egg, which is surrounded by a simple columnar epithelium. The layer is composed of two kinds of cells - normal (with green nuclei) and mutant. Such heterogeneities, which can be robustly generated using techniques of Drosophila genetics, can be used to systematically test the cellular and continuum mechanics descriptions of developing tissues.