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Lab Director: Brooke Flammang, PhD

Associate Professor

flammang@njit.edu

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citations (google scholar index); ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0049-965X

       
Postdoctoral Researchers      
     

 

       
Graduate Students      
PhD      

Callie Crawford

I am studying the biomechanics of terrestrial walking in balitorid loaches (hillstream loaches) in a phylogenomic context. These fishes have pelvic morphology which converges on some tetrapodal features allowing for tetrapod-like walking. Using muscular and skeletal morphology, biomechanics (EMG, Kinematics, and force transmission), and biorobotics, this research will inform our understanding of mechanisms underlying the convergent evolution of morphological innovation. My work is part of the NSF funded Rules of Life initiative, Phylogenomically-Based Bioinspired Robotic Model Approach to Address the Evolution of Terrestrial Locomotion. 


       

Haley Amplo

 

 

     

Frogfishes can walk

Jet propulse and swim using

Tetrapod-like fins

Biomechanics

Functional morphology 

Multiple techniques

Fluid dynamics

Using PIV in flumes

Fins, jets, vortices

     

Nothing quite compares

To convergently evolved

Elbows and shoulders

Micro-CT scans

Bone, muscle morphology

3D dissections

Walking on their fins

EMGs and videos

To study their gait

       
       

Audrey Biondi

I study the unique functional morphology in marine organisms to inspire novel technologies for human application. I am doing this by studying the highly derived skeletal anatomy and complex muscle morphology of the Molidae family of fishes throughout ontogeny. By using three-dimensional imaging techniques, such as microCT scanning and particle image velocimetry, I can visualize and analyze the interaction between these fishes and their environment. Utilizing the data acquired from these techniques, I will build bio-inspired robotics.  

       

Amani Webber-Schultz

       
MS      

Carmel Rafalowsky

       
 

Jackson Wright

 

 

   
Undergraduate Students      

Cristian Cerrato-Morales

       

Salam Harb

       
 

 

       

 

Research Associates

 

 

 

 

Leann Winn, MS

Kaelyn Gamel, MS

Oona Lockyer

 

 

 

     
Lab Alumni:    

Postdoctoral:

Stephanie Crofts, PhD

 

     

Graduate (PhD):

Callie Crawford

 

 

 

 

Graduate (MS):

Kaelyn Gamel

Zak Robben

 

Audrey Biondi

Tim Gassler

 

 

 

Undergraduate:

Julie Markiewicz

Rola Shehata

 

Tim Gronet

David Singer

 

 

 

High School:

Acacia Tam

Rebeca Zapiach