Lab members

Currently working in the lab. Click here for previous members.

Jake Socha

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Jake Socha

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Dr. Socha examining eye of C. paradisi
Dr. Socha examining eye of C. paradisi

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Jake Socha

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Dr. Jake Socha
Principal Investigator
 

I am the Samuel Herrick Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.  I am also a member of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, an affiliate of VT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Biological Sciences, a member of VT’s Integrative Organismal Biology group, and the director of Virginia Tech’s BIOTRANS program. I also serve as Associate Editor for the journal Royal Society Open Science.

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Postdocs

Mary Salcedo
Mary Salcedo

Mary Salcedo

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2021-10-15 12.34.05 Mary Salcedo ASU
2021-10-15 12.34.05 Mary Salcedo ASU

Mary Salcedo

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2019-07-23 16.26.07 Mary Salcedo
2019-07-23 16.26.07 Mary Salcedo

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Mary Salcedo
Mary Salcedo

Mary Salcedo

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Mary Salcedo

Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Salcedo is a postdoc in the lab, supported by an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB). Mary earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, co-advised by L. Mahadevan and Stacey Combes (U.C. Davis), studying the biomechanics of insect wings. She did her bachelor's degree in biology at U. Washington, and at one point worked with Tom Daniel. In our lab, Mary is working on circulation in insects, among other things.

Her web site

Graduate students

2016-06-05 13.07.31 India rxr1
2016-06-05 13.07.31 India rxr1

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2016-06-05 13.07.43 India rxr1
2016-06-05 13.07.43 India rxr1

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Talia Frog_collecting_trip_June_2013_JS_023.jpg
Talia Frog_collecting_trip_June_2013_JS_023.jpg

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2016-06-05 13.07.31 India rxr1
2016-06-05 13.07.31 India rxr1

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Talia Weiss

Ph.D. candidate

 

Talia is a graduate student in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, studying locomotion at the water interface in animals.  Talia earned her bachelor's in bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology. She is also a member of the BIOTRANS program.

Michelle Graham in Australia
Michelle Graham in Australia

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Michelle Graham July 2015 05.jpg

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Michelle Graham July 2015 12.jpg

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Michelle Graham in Australia
Michelle Graham in Australia

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Michelle Graham

Ph.D. candidate

 

Michelle is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, studying the gap-crossing movements of flying snakes. Michelle earned a bachelor's degree in physics and philosophy from Oxford University. She is also the executive director of Wild Animal Initiative, a nonprofit organization that promotes research into wild animal welfare.

2020-11-06 15.31.16 Josh Pulliam
2020-11-06 15.31.16 Josh Pulliam

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2019-07-23 Josh Pulliam
2019-07-23 Josh Pulliam

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Joshua Pulliam
Joshua Pulliam

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2020-11-06 15.31.16 Josh Pulliam
2020-11-06 15.31.16 Josh Pulliam

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Josh Pulliam

Ph.D. student

Josh is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, whose research focuses on how animals climb i arboreal environments. Josh earned dual degrees in applied physics from Morehouse College and mechanical engineering from Auburn University. 

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

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2021-10-18 12.15.00 Jeff Anderson
2021-10-18 12.15.00 Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

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2021-10-29 15.01.38 Jeff Anderson
2021-10-29 15.01.38 Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

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Jeff Anderson

Ph.D. student

Jeff is a PhD student in Biological Sciences. His research explores the challenges and tradeoffs that limbless reptiles experience when feeding in an arboreal environment. Jeff earned his BS in biology from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and his masters from Emporia State University studying the influence of temperature on the constriction performance of corn snakes

Undergraduates

Terrell Worrell, Engineering Science & Mechanics
Terrell Worrell, Engineering Science & Mechanics

Terrell analyzed high-speed video footage of ducks landing on water, and also helped collect experimental data in the field.

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Joyce Lu, Animal and Poultry Sci
Joyce Lu, Animal and Poultry Sci
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Noah Goldfarb, Animal and Poultry Sci
Noah Goldfarb, Animal and Poultry Sci
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Jack Stevens, Mechanical Engineering
Jack Stevens, Mechanical Engineering
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Jordan Britt, Mechanical Engineering
Jordan Britt, Mechanical Engineering
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Ana Ferrari, Biomedical Engineering
Ana Ferrari, Biomedical Engineering
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Riley Bridges, Engineering
Riley Bridges, Engineering
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Giovanni Morris, aerospace eng.
Giovanni Morris, aerospace eng.
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Rachel Porter, biological systems eng
Rachel Porter, biological systems eng
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