Lab Members

Dr. Alyssa Y. Stark

Assistant Professor

Link to Dr. Stark’s CV

Current Graduate Students

Christopher Mitchell

Project: Gecko and Gecko-Inspired Synthetic Adhesive Performance in Variable Temperature and Humidity

Chris graduated from Texas Tech with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Natural Resources Management. His undergraduate advisor was Dr. Robin Verble-Pearson.

Katherine Vaughan

Current Undergraduate Students


Bridget Ringenwald
(Senior Thesis Student)

Project: Locomotor Performance of Geckos in Variable Temperature and Humidity
Anthony Conte

Project: The Effect of Surface Roughness and Orientation on Ant Adhesive and Locomotor Performance
Kaitlyn Naughton

Project: Adhesive Tenacity and Behavior of Two Populations of Sea Urchins

Erin Bogacki

Project: Locomotor Performance and Behavior of Geckos in Wet Environments

“Starky Award” Winner:
“hold my antibiotic ointment award”
Catherine Implicito    

Project: Adhesive Performance of Ants in Variable Temperature
Nellie O’Leary

Project: The Effect of Surface Temperature and Humidity on the Adhesive Performance of Geckos
Tessa Fanning
(Electrical Engineering Major)

Project: Sensor Design of Gecko Racetrack

Ana (Sofia) Rive

Project: TBA!

Manuel Guerra
(Senior Thesis Student – co-advised with Drs. Michael Russell & Carla Narvaez)

Project: Material Properties of Sea Urchin Teeth

Anastasia Bilyk

Samantha Dolloff

Nina Hulet

Alumni

William Harrison – currently a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Marielle (Ellie) Dineen-Carey (Senior Thesis Student – co-advised with Drs. Michael Russell & Carla Narvaez)

Thesis: Material Properties of Sea Urchin Teeth (S. purpuratus) is Related to Grazing Substrate

Currently a physical therapy student

Alissa Coonfield
(also member of Iyengar Lab)

Currently at University of Akron as an Integrated Bioscience PhD student in the lab of Dr. Todd Blackledge