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

Hagfish vs. Shark Paper is out!

Our paper on the biomechanics of hagfish interactions with toothy predators is now out in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. This project was led by U of Guelph MSc student Sarah Boggett, Guelph undergraduate Jean-Luc Stiles and was a collaboration with Adam...

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Welcome Gaurav!

Dr. Gaurav Jain will be joining the Fudge Lab in February to work on a hagfish slime biomimetics project. Gaurav got his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech and he'll be coming to us from his previous position at NYU.

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