Welcome to the lab of Henry Astley at the Univeristy of Akron, in the Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center and the Departments of Biology and Polymer Science.
Our lab studies the biomechanics of animal locomotion, with a particular emphasis on the interactions between musculo-skeletal mechanics, neuromechanical control, and enviornmental interactions. We use laboratory studies of animal movement combined with biomimetic robotics to understand and replicate the physical basis for locomotion in a diverse range of taxa, including snakes, frogs, and early tetrapods.
Interested in joining the lab? We are always looking for enthusiastic students with an interest in animal locomotion, including both undergraduates and prospective graduate students. Email Dr. Astley for more information.