The Valentine Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioadhesion

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  • Megan T. Valentine

    Megan T. Valentine, Principal Investigator (C.V.)
    Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering



    Office: Engineering II Bldg., Room 2361C
    Phone: (805) 893-2594
    Fax: (805) 893-8651

        
    Donna M. Mancusi

    Donna M. Mancusi, Lab Manager



    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1233
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
    Fax: (805) 893-8651

       
    Emma Filippidi
    Emma Filippidi, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Ph.D., Physics, New York University
    Project: Characterization and design of marine-inspired wet adhesives


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
    Link to website
         
    Bugra Kaytanli
    Bugra Kaytanli, Graduate Research Assistant
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Force transmission in the cytoskeleton


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1227
     
     

    Jamie Wilcox

    Jamianne Wilcox, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Student  
    Project: Mechanisms of collective transport by kinesins


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1245
     
     

    Aimal Khankhel

    Aimal Khankhel, Graduate Research Assistant

    Biomolecular Science and Engineering Graduate Program, Ph.D. Student  
    Project: Mechanical signals in tissue development and maintenance


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
     
     

    Marcela Areyano

    Marcela Areyano, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Student 
    Project: Mechanics and manufacturing of mussel-inspired adhesives


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
     
     

    Menaka Wilhelm

    Menaka Wilhelm, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Student  
    Project: Mussel-inpsired Adhesion


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1239
     
     

    Dhruvi Panchal

    Dhruvi Panchal, Undergraduate Student

    Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology  
    Project: Vascular Mechanics, in collaboration with Prof. Tony DeTomaso



    Harrison Shen

    Harrison Shen, Undergraduate Student

    Department of Mechanical Engineering  
    Project: Fiber-reinforced, bio-inspired materials




    Marco Cerrato, Undergraduate Student

    Department of Physics  
    Project: Development of synthetic mussel-inspired adhesive structures
    McNair Scholars Program

     
     



    Former Lab Members Current Coordinates
    Ben Lopez NRI/MCDB Microscopy Facility Director, UCSB
    Ken Desmond Research Scientist, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
    Jun Lin Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics and HHMI, Cornell University
    Yali YangMD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
    Nick Zacchia Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Ph.D. Program, University of British Columbia
    Dezhi YuHong Kong
    Charlotta LorenzDepartment of Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Gottingen
    Veronica Pessino Biophysics Graduate Program (iPQB), University of California, San Francisco
    Erin Watson Software Engineering, Oculus VR
    Jackie Ohmura BioEngineering Ph.D. Program, M.I.T.
    Steve Kuei Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. Program, Rice University
    Margaret Merritt Associate Brand Manager, Unilever
















    Valentine Laboratory, California NanoSystems Institute, Room 2404, Elings Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; 805-893-2594.