Advanced Technology Lab
200 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155
Department of Biology
I received my undergraduate degree from Western New England
University in Neuroscience. My research experience began by
examining the physiological rundown of muscle force production in
larval body wall muscles over time. During a trip to the Marine
Research Center at MBL, I first conceptualized a new type of tactile
sensor technology based on the complex interwoven matrix of
chromatophore muscles in the skin of Longfin Inshore squid. This was
developed into my senior thesis project and functional prototype, A
scalable, high resolution, multi-dimensional strain sensor matrix
Body wall vibration characterization:
The ability to of many organisms to locomote efficiently depends
upon detecting key features in the environment. While the physiology
and gait behavior of Manduca sexta is well known, what information
is encoded from cuticle sensory cells has not been documented. One
of my ongoing projects has been to describe the mechanosensory
information encoded within the cuticle during body deformation and
Intact animal morphology:
Traditionally, capturing the muscle and cuticle morphology of
Manduca sexta requires flattening three-dimensional tissue
structures which causes considerable distortion and damage.
Collaborating with researchers in Japan, we scanned intact animals
using x-ray microtomography, creating a 3D model of larvae tissues.
SquMA Bot, Squishable motor actuated robot:
I also am continuing to develop bio-inspired projects based on
Manduca sexta with our foam bodied robots driven by a motor tendon
system. Moving on from our first prototype developed in 2016, SquMA
Bot, a second generation focuses on reducing fabrication and control
complexity as well as implementing a more biological tendon
attachment and sensory feedback.