Melina Hale (University of Chicago), the April 2017 UWIN seminar speakerThe April 2017 UWIN seminar features a talk by visiting speaker Melina Hale from the University of Chicago’s Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy.

Her talk is entitled: “Mechanosensation by deformable biological structures and its role in behavior”

The seminar is on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:30pm in Husky Union Building (HUB) 337.  Refreshments will be served prior to the talk.


Abstract: My lab examines the mechanosensation and movement of fish fins and bodies, flexible structures that power locomotion and function in a range of other behaviors. We examine morphology and physiology of mechanosensory neurons, neural circuit structure, biomechanics, and locomotor movements to determine how mechanosensation modulates movement. We also compare mechanosensation across species to explore its evolution. I will discuss these projects and how they are informing our approach to the mechanosensory design of engineered, deformable structures.