My main research work focuses on evolution of complex biomechanical systems. With questions structured within an evolutionary context, I perform functional and biomechanical analyses following biological hierarchies. With a biology background and a life-long interest in natural history, I emphasize a question-oriented approach while incorporating biomechanical models with ecological and evolutionary processes. I have worked with diverse taxa (especially invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles) and multiple model systems across a range of size scales.
Evolutionary biomechanics of insect flight
The evolutionary transition between wingless and full-winged insects consists of complex organization of functional modules across multiple levels. I developed a model system using the stick insects (Phasmatodea) to address various questions regarding the evolution of insect flight. Following a recent work on the evolution of flight-related morphology (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/774067v2), more is coming soon.
Evolutionary biomechanics of jointed locomotor systems
Diverse jointed appendages provide a rich system for studying adaptation and generating bio-inspiration. I’m particularly interested in jointed designs specialized for maneuvering. See my work on aerial righting in wingless insects and legged maneuver in flat spiders.
Interfacial fluid mechanics and evolution of novel morphologies
A pioneer study on locomotion of bacterial aggregates. More details coming soon.