Comparative Biomaterials Lab

Comparative Biomaterials Lab

Comparative Biomaterials Lab

Welcome to the Comparative Biomaterials Lab at Chapman University led by Dr. Douglas Fudge. We study a wide range of materials made by animals, including nano-scale filaments within cells, slimes secreted to ward off predators, and large structures like the keratinous plates of baleen whales.

We are also committed to applying what we learn from the study of biomaterials to real-life challenges, such as how we can make high performance materials for industry that are more eco-friendly in their manufacture and disposal. Animals make outstanding materials for a wide variety of functions without the benefit of petroleum and without fouling their environment, and we believe that humans could do the same if we listen to the lessons biology has to teach. You can learn more about Biomimcry and the process of Bio-Inspired Design from the Biomimicry 3.8 website.

To explore current research in the Comparative Biomaterials Lab, click on the links below and check out our Publications.

Fudge Lab News

More on slime gland refilling from Sarah Schorno

PhD student Sarah Schorno's latest publication is on the cellular basis of refilling in hagfish slime glands. This paper represents a major leap forward in our understanding of how hagfishes recharge their slime glands after a sliming event. Here is the link to...

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Fudge Lab receives NSF funding

The Fudge Lab was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Biogenesis and evolution of hagfish slime and slime glands." The project is a collaboration with Dr. David Plachetzki at the University of New Hampshire and will investigate...

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