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. Yu Zeng
Andrew is the Animal Care Technician for the Fudge Lab currently making sure the fishes are healthy and assisting in the various projects of the lab. Andrew received his BS in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley in 2013 before working as an elephant care keeper at the Oakland Zoo and then as an environmental consultant. He received his Master’s degree from CSU Fullerton in 2019 where he studied the armor of an armored catfish Corydoras trilineatus, and the bite force of red-bellied piranhas, Pygocentrus nattereri.
Dr. Noah Bressman is a biologist that primarily focuses on fish functional morphology, biomechanics, and animal behavior. He received his BA from Cornell University in 2016 where he studied the terrestrial behaviors and orientation of the mummichog, an intertidal killifish. Noah received his PhD from Wake Forest University in 2020 where he studied amphibious fishes, mostly focusing on why certain invasive fishes go onto land, how they move around while on land, and where they go while on land. Currently, Noah is studying the properties and potential applications of hagfish slime and its effects on predatory fish.
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.
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 light sensitivity in hagfishes.
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 clogging in hagfish slime.
I’m working on understanding the biophysical mechanisms of how hagfish slime deploys in seawater.