I am a Ph.D. student in the Biophysics Graduate Group at UC Berkeley. My advisors are Dr. Robert J. Full and Dr. Ronald Fearing. I've also collaborated closely with Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy. I previously earned my B.S. in physics at Georgia Tech, where I worked with Dr. Daniel I. Goldman.
My research integrates physics, biology, and robotics to reveal the principles of
how animals and robots accomplish tasks in a complex, dynamic world. Past and current projects include the evolution of legged locomotion in early tetrapods, control and dynamics of burrowing in sand crabs, and the development of bioinspired robotic fingers (see Publications for more). Insight from this work can provide both fundamental scientific principles for biology, and design principles for next generation robots in search and rescue, human assistance, and educational applications.
I am supported by a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.