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Fallon Durant

I received my B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University in May 2011. I began my graduate studies at Tufts University in the summer of 2011 and conduct my research in the Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology under the guidance of Dr. Michael Levin.

IGERT Research
Biology certainly provides inspiration for robots that perform effectively in our environment; however, soft robotics can also help us understand models in developmental biology. My research investigates target morphology in the planarian flatworm - or in other words, the shape to which planaria regenerate when subjected to damage. Soft robotics provides us a way we can verify our models concerning how control systems dictate the shape of an organism. By programming architectural malleability into the control systems of robots, we can test our models proposed for the capability of the nervous system to control morphology. For the reverse, we can apply developmental neurobiology to advance the capabilities of engineered machines by learning from organisms that have evolved solutions to problems faced by robotic technologies.

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