Astley Lab Members

Principal Investigator
Henry Astley
Assistant Professor
Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center
Depts. of Biology & Polymer Science
CV
Lab C301
Office C308
Office Phone: 330-972-8192
Aubrun Science Center
235 Carroll st.
Akron OH 44325-3908
Email: hastley@uakron.edu
Graduate Students
Stephen P. Howe
Biomechanics of Turning in Fish
BRIC Biomimicry Fellow
BS in Biology from Westmont College
Email: sph43@zips.uakron.edu
Derek J. Jurestovsky
Biomechanics of Snake Locomotion
IB Ph.D student
MS in Geosciences from East Tennessee State University
BS in Geology: Paleontology from Northern Arizona University
Email: djj64@zips.uakron.edu
Colleen Unsworth
Biomechanics of Insect Wing Folding
BRIC Biomimicry Fellow
BS in Biology from Grand Valley State University
Email: cku3@zips.uakron.edu
Undergraduate Students
Sophie Cressman
Biomechanics of Underwater Walking in Salamanders
Major: Biochemistry & Applied Math
Email: sgc20@zips.uakron.edu
Dana Cressman
Biomechanics of Underwater Walking in Salamander Robots
Major: Chemical Engineering
Email: dcc58@zips.uakron.edu
David Leffler
Electromyography of fish maneuvering
Major: Biology
Email: dl83@zips.uakron.edu
Nicholas Stricklen
Fish maneuvering
Major: Exercise Science
Email: nis3@zips.uakron.edu
Megan Lee
Underwater walking biomechanics
Major: Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy), Minor: Psychology
Email: mml110@zips.uakron.edu
Walid Abuhashim
Praying Mantis strike biomechanics
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Email: waa23@zips.uakron.edu
Logan Usher
Vertical undulation in snakes
Major: Biology (pre-med)
Email: lru3@zips.uakron.edu
Dalia Laredo
Tendon Hysteresis in mice
Major: Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
REU Student from Carnegie Mellon
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Email: del45@zips.uakron.edu
Christina Lee
Biomimetic Robotic Fish Turning
Major: Biology & Psychology
Email: yl136@zips.uakron.edu
Lab Alumni
Amith Rao2016-2018 - Biomechanics of Tree Frog Jumping
Undergraduate
Major: Natural Science
Hamna SiddiquiSummer 2017 - Biomechanics of Tendons
REU student from Dennison University
Major: Chemistry
Emily Trenka2016-2017 - Force Sensing Gels
Undergraduate
Major: Computer Science

Interested in joining the lab? We are always looking for enthusiastic students with an interest in animal locomotion, including both undergraduates and prospective graduate students. Email Dr. Astley for more information.