Fudge Lab Members
Dr. Fudge runs the Comparative Biomaterials Lab at Chapman University. As an undergraduate, he studied biology at Cornell University, followed by an M.A.T. in science education, also at Cornell. For his M.Sc. research, he worked on the biology of bluefin tuna at the University of Guelph, and then moved to the University of British Columbia for his Ph.D., where he worked on the biomechanics of hagfish slime in John Gosline’s lab. As an NSERC postdoctoral fellow, he worked on cell biomechanics in Wayne Vogl’s lab in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He joined the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph in 2005, where he worked until 2016.
Dr. Gaurav Jain
Gaurav Jain is a senior research fellow at the comparative biomaterials lab at Chapman University. His work is focused on the exploring biophysical and biochemical properties of slime for biomedical applications. He loves hiking and playing table tennis.
My passion for research and outdoor education has taken me to research facilities across North, Central and South America. My last appointment as the Executive Director of the Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada allowed me to further develop my interests in research and logistics, outdoor education, and scientific communication. Exploring how plants and animals interact with each other and their environment can provide interesting insights into how natural selection has shaped the seemingly endless biological, ecological and behavioral diversity on this planet. Understanding diversity can inspire new more sustainable relationships for humans with their biotic and abiotic environments.
Dr. Yu Zeng
The project that I am working on focuses on understanding the behavioral patterns and structural mechanisms that allow for specific burrowing techniques in Atlantic hagfish, a relatively unexplored area within the animal’s vast range of intricate locomotive abilities.
I am currently studying the mechanisms of hagfish locomotion by observing their navigation techniques within increasingly complicated and narrowed pathways.
I’m investigating the relationship between body size in hagfishes and the size of their slime threads and thread skeins.
The project I am working on focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that produce thread skein within the thread gland cells.
I am currently studying hagfish locomotion in which we are specifically investigating the behavioral reasoning and mechanical mechanisms hagfish use to collect in tight spaces.
I’m analyzing underwater video of hagfishes and other species from a recent research expedition to the Galapagos Islands.
I’m working on the biophysics of hagfish slime including the mechanisms of slime deployment in seawater.
I’m working on understanding the biophysical mechanisms of how hagfish slime deploys in seawater.