Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Christopher E. Hill


Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, the purple sea urchin, is a member of the phylum echinodermata and below it is more closely related to the Chordate phylum then any other. The sea urchin is commonly used in the study of developmental biology because it is easy to see the developmental processes and the fact that Homo sapiens share similar developmental progression. It is for this reason that I have chosen to study the Strongylocentrotus purpuratus genome. Because of its continued use in developmental biology, there is much known about the developmental processes and therefore is a perfect choice in which to study the role of IgSF molecules during development. In order to do this, it is important to first identify which IgSF members are present in the sea urchin. Therefore the aim of the project is to identify the IgSF members present in Strongylocentrotus purpuratus through the use of bioinformatics.