The Daniel Lab
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Honorary & Staff Members
M. Patricia Morse
Alison Mehravari
Joey Sullivan
Binh Nguyen
Tanvi Deora
Eatai Roth
Dave Williams

Melanie Anderson (MechE)
Jorge Bustamante (Bio)
Joe Powers (BioEng)
Sage Malingen (Bio, rotation)
Thomas Mohren (MechE)

Brandon Pratt
Jared Callaham (summer)

High Schoolers
Arianna Njonge (summer)
Dylan LaMarca (summer)

Tom's Picture Tom Daniel

Tom holds Joan and Richard Komen Endowed Chair in the Biology Department. 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)..
Alison Mehravari
is the Assitant Director of Operations for the WRF supported UW Institute of Neuroengineering (UWIN) and the Air Force Center of Excellence on Nature Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas (NIFTI). She received her Ph.D. in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program at the University of Washington with a focus on language processing in the Osterhaut lab.
Binh Nguyen
has been at the University of Washington for several decades. Together with the Riffell lab, Binh has been the coordinator of our insect cultures and has been maintaining both the Manduca sexta colony and a new Aedes aegypti colony. Prior to this, Binh received a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering here at the UW.
Joey Sullivan
is the lab eletronics and device developer. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering at the UW and is now enrolled in the Professional Masters Program in Electrical Engineering. He is working on autonomous quadrotor flight for the Air Force Center of Excellence. Additionally, he is working with Eatai Roth on closed loop haptic interfaces for insect flight control.
Eatai Roth
is a post-doc in the lab. He earned his PhD in Noah Cowan's lab, in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University, where he focused on modeling of sensorimotor control in weakly electric fish and fruit flies. His research translates tools from control theory, machine learning, and system identification to reveal models of sensory processing and neural control that underlie animal locomotor behaviors. Eatai is now investigating the multisensory control of insect flight behavior. He is a WRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroengineering. Eatai's home page
Dave Williams
is a postdoc in the lab. He completed his PhD in the Regnier/Daniel labs at UW, focussing on molecular dynamics in muscle force generation. He followed that with a postdoc in the Biewener Lab at Harvard Univeristy where he focussed on control of bird fligth Dave has returned to molecular mechanics and is now focussing on a combination of theoretical models of force generation in muscle and compuational analyses of real time x-ray diffraction images. He has been awarded a prestigious WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Science .Dave's home page
Tanvi Deora
is a postdoc in the lab. She completed her PhD in the lab of Sanjay Sane at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore India where she focussed on the mechanical coupling between wings and halteres. She is a recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Science and Engineering Reserach Board for study in the US for reserach on mechanosensory information processing associated with floral feeding in insects .Tanvi'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. In a project co-advised by Toby Bradshaw, he is focussing on the interactions between floral form and behavioral choice in Manduca.
Foen Peng
is a graduate student in the Department of Biology. Foen came to the UW from China with a degree in Biology. In a project co-advised by Toby Bradshaw, he is focussing on the interactions between floral form and pollination biology using freely behaving Manduca feeding from highly instrumented 3D printed flowers.
Thomas Mohren
is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering co-advised by Steve Brunton. Following his Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Delft, Thomas went on to recieve a WRF-funded UW Institute of Neuroengineering graduate fellowhsip. He is working on a project that combines robotics, structural dynamics, and strain sensing in flapping flexible wing models. He is particularly interested in the intersection of sparse sensing and controls in animal flight.
Jorge Bustamante
is a graduate student in the Department of Biology. He earned his Masters Degree from the University of California at Irvine where he worked with Kate Loudon on the interaction of bean plant trichomes with cuticle mechanics of bedbugs. Prior to that, he earned a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at Irvine. Jorge is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working on sensorimotor control of flight in a range of taxa with an eye towards "airframe-based" controls through body flexions.Jorge's home page

Melanie Anderson
is a graduate student in the department of Mechanical Engineering co-advised by Sawyer Fuller. She is working on integrating chemosensory signals from electro anntennograms (EAGs) with the controls of a quadrotor to develop an ordor tracking micro air vehicle - the Smellicopter or Odorotor.

Joe Powers
is a graduate student in the department of Bioengineering co-advised by Mike Regnier. He is working on the mechanics and dynamics of force generation in muscle with a focus on high speed, time resolved, Xray diffraction methods.

Sage Malingen
was a mathematics major at North Dakota State and is a graduate student in the department of Biology doing a rotation in the lab. She will be focussing on mathematical models of muscle contraction with an eye towards modeling the fluid dynamics of the sarcomemere.

Brandon Pratt
graduated with degrees in Biology and Neurobiology. He has received support from the Mary Gates Fellows program, the UW Institute of Neuroengineering, and the AFOSR for research focussing on the encoding properties of mechanosensory neurons in insect wings and developing experimental and computational analyses of information processing in sensory structures.

Jared Callaham
is an undergraduate studying mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received support from the CSNE Research Experiences for Veterans (REV) program to pursue summer reserach at the UW. His projecdt included elements of sensory encoding, computational neuroscience and sparse sensing to develop an understanding of mechanosensory information processing by distributed strain sensors in insect wings.

Arianna Njonge
attends the UW Robinson Center's Transitions School and is a high school summer intern student in the CSNE Young Scholars Program. She is working with Brandon Pratt and Tanvi Deora on sensorimotor control of insect flight. She is focussing on mechanosensory information processing by insect wings.

Dylan LaMarca
attends Nathan Hale High School and is a summer intern student working with Eatai Roth focussing sensorimotor information processing in flight control of Manduca. He is particulalry interested in developing machine vision methods for monitoring tethtered flight dynamics.

Former Lab Members

Zane Aldworth
Bing Brunton
Jon Dyhr
Jessica Fox
Danny Grunbaum
Ty Hedrick
Armin Hinterwirth
Yonatan Munk
Eric Rombokas
Simon Sponberg
Sanjay Sane
Mike Tu
Graduates Students

Dany Adams
Octavio Campos
Stacey Combes
Brad Dickerson
Alexandre Diedonne
Michael Dillon
Annika Eberle
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
Sharri Zamore

Melanie Anderson
Nathan Berry
Mikael (Coco) Daranciang
Meika Decher
Amber Fechko
Kit Githinji
Robert Hall
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
Brandon Pratt
Charlotte Robinson
Elischa Sanders
Mary Salcedo
Bo Bin Song
Stephanie Sundier
Marie Suver
James Tse
Shawn Wilkinson
High School Students

Neil Chauhan
Marissa Dominguez
Molly Geiger
Monica Harris
Darren Howell
Spencer Howell
Zack Horvitz
Peter Jeong
Dylan LaMarca
Emma LaMarca
Andreas Molbak
Cameron Myhrvold
Conor Myhrvold
Arianna Njonge
Luca Scheuer
Christina Tull
Jane Woods

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