Thomas Roberts, Professor
My training is in biomechanics and comparative physiology. I received my B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and my Ph.D. from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department at Harvard University. In my graduate work I used a broad comparative approach to examine the link between musculoskeletal morphology and the metabolic energy cost of running. As a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern I focused on the physiological and mechanical behavior of skeletal muscle. My research program aims to integrate our understanding of muscle physiology with modern approaches in functional morphology and biomechanics.
Postdoctoral Research Associates
PhD, Brown University B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University
I am broadly interested in how animals use the laws of the physical world to their advantage. I earned an undergraduate degree in zoology from Michigan State University, where I focused on comparative anatomy and physiology. My current work in the lab explores how bones and other connective tissues influence muscle shape changes during contractions.
Mary Kate O'Donnell
I completed my dissertation at University of South Florida, studying cling performance in plethodontid salamanders, particularly the adhesive properties of salamander mucus, and how surface roughness and wetness impact salamander attachment. I'm broadly interested in animal feeding and locomotory performance, and in how physiological or physical mechanisms determine performance in the context of ecologically relevant environmental parameters, like temperature, or substrate characteristics.
I am predominantly interested in studying how structure governs function in organisms. I focused on comparative anatomy during my undergraduate education at Westfield State University where I earned a degree in Biology. Currently, my work in the Roberts Lab examines muscle gearing and the elastic properties of muscle-tendon units.
After graduating from Penn State with a B.Sc. in wildlife and fisheries science, I spent several years working as a field biologist and environmental educator. Now back in the lab, I’m exploring muscle physiology and biomechanics in order to better understand vertebrate locomotion and musculoskeletal morphology.
I’m interested in muscle and connective tissue morphology and biomechanics in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Currently, I’m working on giant acorn barnacles as a model system to study fluid pressure and muscle shape change at the single-cell level.
Lab Manager, Erika Tavares
Annette Gabaldon, Colorado State University
Michael Llewellyn, Roseburg, Oregon
Arriane Cease, Arizona State University
Jeff Scales, California State University
Frank Nelson, Temple University
H. Tonia Hsieh, Temple University
Brian Higginson, Gonzaga University
Greg Sawicki, Georgia Tech
Manny Azizi, University of California
Emily Abbott, Georgia Tech
Nicolai Konow, UMass Lowell
Angela Horner, California State University
Henry Astley, University of Akron
Nicholas Gidmark, Knox College
Roy Ruttiman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Radiology
Chris Anderson, University of South Dakota
Chris Arellano, University of Houston
Ariel Camp, University of Liverpool
Kris Stover, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Jillian Oliver, Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Labs at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Michael Rosario, West Chester University
Carolyn Eng, Yale University