The Daniel Lab
Contact Info


Simon Sponberg
Jon Dyhr
Yonatan Munk
Bing Brunton
Eric Rombokas

Sharri Zamore (NBio)
Brad Dickerson (Bio)
Eric Octavio Campos (Bio)
Annika Eberle (MechE)

David Colmenares
Robert Hall
Junki Nakagawa
Elischa Sanders
Justin Thompson
Mea Cardenas
Kit Githinji
Grady Williams

High Schoolers
Niel Chauhan
Zachary Horvitz
Luca Scheuer
Jane Woods
Honorary Members
M. Patricia Morse
Steve Brunton

Tom's Picture Tom Daniel

Tom holds Joan and Richard Komen Endowed Chair. He received his PhD at Duke Biology and was the Bantrell Postdoctoral Fellow in Engineering Sciences at Caltech until 1984 when he joined the University of Washington and has been here ever since. He is the proud recipient of the University of Washington 1989 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2001 Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award as well as being named a MacArthur Fellow.
His short bio is here.
Trish Morse

Following a distinguished career studying bivalve heart-kidney complex and the bizarre world of tiny meiofauna, Trish now is an honorary lab member, connecting young scientists to best and brightest all over the world! She is the past president of the SICB, Sigma Xi and a prior Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Her interests include education at all levels, from K-12 to undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs (and a few professors too)..
Steve Brunton

is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics. He completed his PhD at Princeton, and is currently investigating the engineering applications of sparsity and dimensionality reduction in unsteady fluid dynamics. He is interested in estimation and control of flow past a flexible wing.
Simon Sponberg
Simon completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in the Full lab where he worked on the motor control of insect locomotion and on antennal sensing. He is currently studying the control and dynamics of hawkmoth flight with a focus on wing steering muscles.
Simon's home page
Jonathan Dyhr
is a postdoc in the lab focussing on combining control theory and sensory biology in moth flight. He came to the UW with a doctoral degree in insect neurobiology from the University of Arizona where he worked with Chuck Higgins on visual control of flight paths in bees. He will be working with Kriti Morgansen and members of our lab on a new MURI grant awarded to the team.

Yonatan Munk
is a postdoc in the lab. He came to the UW from UC Berkeley where he worked with Mimi Koehl and Robert Dudley on the aerodynamics of gliding wingless ants (The Descent of Ant). He has come to the lab with an eye towards multimodal integration, with an interest in control policies for obstacle navigation by Manduca. He has built a flight simulator that only a moth could love.
Yonatan's home page
Bing Brunton
is a postdoc in the lab. She completed her PhD in the Brody lab at Princeton University where she combined experimental and theoretical approaches to decision making in mammalian nervous systems. She is now expanding on that work through collaboration on projects seeking to reveal decision making and control policies in flying insects.Bing's home page
Eric Rombokas
is a postdoc in the lab. He completed his PhD in the Matsuoka lab in Electrical Engineering here at the UW where he focussed on control algorithms and dynamic models of robotic hand motions. Eric is now focussing on control of sensing/actuators (or actuating/sensors) in flying insects with an eye for inspiration of robotic flight systems.Eric's home page
Sharri Zamore
is a graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program. Sharri came to the UW from Cornell University. With Adrienne Fairhall as her primary co-advisor she is working in the lab on sensory processing during flight in complex turbulent structures.
Brad Dickerson
is a graduate student in the Biology Department. Brad came to the UW from Swarthmore where he worked with Rachel Merz and the University North Carolina Chappel Hill where he worked with Ty Hedrick on moth antennal sensing. He is currently doing a rotation in the lab, focussing on inertial sensory systems in moths. Brad's home page
Eric Octavio Campos
is a graduate student in the Department of Biology. He came ot the UW with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Berkeley where he worked with Roy Caldwell on stomatopod locomotion. He is now focussing on the interactions between floral form and behavioral choice in Manduca.
Annika Eberle
is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering doing a rotation in the Daniel lab on a project involving finite element models that couple fluid dynamic and intertial loads to elastic deformations of structures (such as antennae or sections of wings). She has completed the first fluid-solid coupled simulation for wings in the lab.

Robert Hall
recently graduated with a major in Biology at the UW. He is working with Simon Sponberg and Jon Dyhr on free flight behavior in Manduca during floral tracking and wide-field visual stimulus motions. He is also working with Dr. Eric Chudler on projects involving the development of neurobiology preparations for precollege curricula

Elischa Sanders
recently graduated with a major in Biiology at the UW. He is working with Brad Dickerson on sensorimotor control of flight and is overseeing development of a multisite electrode systems for recording multiple signals associated with strain sensing in wings and ultimately feature detection methods. He is also working with Dr. Eric Chudler on projects involving the development of neurobiology preparations for precollege curricula

Junki Nakagwaw
recently gradauted from the University of Tokyo where he will be starting a graduate program in robotics. He is one of our international visiting scholars for the CSNE. He is working with Eric Rombokas on a combination of gesture recognition programming and simultaneous EMG data acquisition. He is particularly focussed on the combination of software and hardware development for creating richer interactivity with devices.

Mea Cardenas
is an undergraduate student Seattle Community College. She is participating in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Summer REU program and is be working with Simon Sponberg on the temporal patterns of motor activation in the control of flight in insects using multiple channel recordings.

David Colmenares
is an undergraduate student in Bioengineering and in Computer Science and Engineering. He is working on a capstone project where he can display arbritrary images via a pico-projector on a flight arena for testing behavioral responses to image motion. He is also working with Jon Dyhr to build a closed loop sensorimotor device that takes behavioral or electrophyiological information from an animal to control the image motion.

Bilkit (Kit) Githinji
is an undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering. She is participating in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Summer REU program and is working with Yonatan Munk on the neural basis of decision making in both human and insect neural systems. Using virtual reality systems, kit is focussing on generating large comparative data sets of decisions about navigation in virtual environments..

Justin Thompson
is an undergraduate student in Mathematics and an inaugural member of the CSNE Research Experiences for Veterans in University Projects (REV-UP) program. He is working with Bing Brunton on sparse sensing algorithms, with a focus on developing efficient code for distinguishing difference among data sets (images, sounds) with minimum information.

Grady Williams
is an undergraduate Mathematics major at the UW. He is working with Eric Rombokas on a combination of algorithms for navigation and decision making in complex environments. He has a particular interest in applying his skills with GPU programming to problems invovling fast solutions to trajectory planning problems.

Niel Chauhan
attends University Prep and is a high school summer intern student working with Jon Dyhr and Robert Hall on sensorimotor control of insect flight. He is focussing on closed loop control dynamics for insect feeding from robotically actuated flowers.

Jane Woods
attends Roosevelt High School is a summer intern student and a partipant in the CSNE Young Scholars Prorgram working with Dickerson on sensorimotor information processing in flight control of Manduca. She has divided her efforts into .

Luca Scheuer
attends Lakeside School and is a high school summer intern student working with Eric Rombokas and Jon Dyhr on a biologically inspired flying robot. He is focussing on a robot that has an actuated mass as part of the flight control system.

Former Lab Members

Zane Aldworth
Jessica Fox
Danny Grunbaum
Ty Hedrick
Armin Hinterwirth
Sanjay Sane
Mike Tu
Graduates Students

Dany Adams
Stacey Combes
Alexandre Diedonne
Michael Dillon
Kevin Flick
Jessica Fox
Mark Frye
Nicole George
Erica Goldman
Robin Harris
Brian Helmuth
Brad Hinkel
Armin Hinterwirth
Chris Jordan
Edgar Meyhofer
Andrew Mountcastle
Jordanna Sprayberry
Elizabeth Stockwell
Bertrand Tanner
Jamie Theobald
Alan Trimble
Dave Williams

Mikael (Coco) Daranciang
Meika Decher
Amber Fechko
Saima Haq
Josh Horwitz
Spencer Howell
Darren Howell
Heidi Huber
Nate Jacobsen
Samia Kazi
Lara Kidoguchi
Jacob Lockey
Jeff Longnioin
Susan Loudon
Craig Magaret
Mike Macpherson
Bjorn Millard
Katherine Miller
Carlos Moreno
Chet Moritz
Amy Paul
Charlotte Robinson
Mary Salcedo
Stephanie Sundier
Marie Suver
James Tse
Shawn Wilkinson
High School Students

Molly Geiger
Darren Howell
Spencer Howell
Peter Jeong
Andreas Molbak
Cameron Myhrvold
Conor Myhrvold
Christina Tull

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