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Dept. of Biology
Tufts University
200 Boston Ave.
Suite 2600
Medford, MA 02155


Ritwika Mukherjee
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Biology

I am interested in understanding how soft-bodied animals navigate and operate in different environments by studying their neural control and behavior. I am currently studying how Manduca sexta uses its prolegs to crawl, by recording from muscles responsible for proleg gripping and ungripping of the substrate. My research interest also lies in building biomimetic devices that can maneuver complex environments. Such devices are envisioned to be 'organic' in their locomotion and operation and can have a variety of applications. Thus acquiring knowledge of the neural and mechanical control of soft-bodied animals can help create a gateway to design biocompatible and soft material robots.

Academic Background

  • IISER, Trivandrum, India. Integrated BS-MS with a major in Biology and minor in Physics (2014)
  • Major project thesis on evolutionary significance of butterfly eyespots
  • Minor project thesis on nanoporous carbon for gas and energy storage

Research Interests:

  • Behavior
  • Neuroscience
  • Soft Material Robotics

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