May 1 2019

12:00 LSB 2320

Misty Paig-Tran
Department of Biological Sciences California State University, Fullerton

Marine Biomechanics Leads to New Bio-inspired Technologies: A Story of Manta Rays, Piranhas, and More


As a comparative biomechanist, I use integrative methods (integrating biology with engineering, physics, and computational modeling) for answering biological questions about performance in animals. Often topics researched in my laboratory lead to the creation of biomimetic/bioinspired applications. I primarily use fishes as model systems in my lab to understand how the mechanical performance is relevant to the ecology of an animal. Nature is my inspiration for creating new, innovative products for human use. This ranges from non-clogging, high-efficiency filters based on manta rays (patent pending technology) to protective armor based on the scales of tiny catfishes that can withstand the intense bite of piranhas to better digging tools based on sand crabs.

Host: Malcolm Gordon

Refreshments will be served at 11:40 a.m.

*This seminar is one of a special 4-part series on primarily marine animal-oriented functional morphology, biomechanics, kinematics and animal hydrodynamics. The series is organized in recognition of Prof. Malcolm Gordon on the occasion of his retirement after more than 60 years of research, teaching and service at UCLA.













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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