Lab members

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

Jake Socha 2018
Jake Socha 2018

Dr. Jake Socha
Dr. Jake Socha

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

Jake Socha 2018
Jake Socha 2018

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Dr. Jake Socha
Principal Investigator
 

I am a 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.

Download CV (pdf)

Postdocs

2020-01-26 15.40
2020-01-26 15.40

2019-11-08 22.38.00 APS 2-BM Salcedo
2019-11-08 22.38.00 APS 2-BM Salcedo

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

2020-01-26 15.40
2020-01-26 15.40

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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

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

Talia Frog_collecting_trip_June_2013_JS_023.jpg
Talia Frog_collecting_trip_June_2013_JS_023.jpg

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

Michelle Graham July 2015 05.jpg
Michelle Graham July 2015 05.jpg

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Michelle Graham July 2015 12.jpg

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

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

Joshua Pulliam
Joshua Pulliam

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. 

Undergraduates

Tyler Ellis, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Tyler Ellis, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Mohamed Hussein, Mechanical Engineering
Mohamed Hussein, Mechanical Engineering
Alison Henry, Biomedical Engineering
Alison Henry, Biomedical Engineering
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.

Joyce Lu, Animal and Poultry Sci
Joyce Lu, Animal and Poultry Sci
Noah Goldfarb, Animal and Poultry Sci
Noah Goldfarb, Animal and Poultry Sci
Taylor Payne, Animal and Poultry Sci
Taylor Payne, Animal and Poultry Sci

Mascots

Kylan July 2018
Kylan July 2018

Kylan July 2018
Kylan July 2018

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Kylan

Teen 1

 

Kylan goes to school, runs track, plays soccer, and does theater.

2020-08-19 17.34.27 Beckett head shot
2020-08-19 17.34.27 Beckett head shot

Beckett winter 2018
Beckett winter 2018

Kids summer 2016 02
Kids summer 2016 02

2020-08-19 17.34.27 Beckett head shot
2020-08-19 17.34.27 Beckett head shot

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Beckett

Teen 2

 

Beckett goes to school, plays soccer, and sometimes does theater.