Galapagos Island Expedition

The Fudge Lab recently got back from a research expedition to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador as part of an NSF-funded project on the biogenesis and evolution of hagfish slime and slime glands. Other members of the team include Charlie McCord and Tim Winegard from...

Searching for the elusive black hagfish

Members of the Fudge Lab had an awe-inspiring day on the water aboard the R/V Yellowfin with Dr. Chris Lowe and the CSU Shark Lab. It was the Fudge Lab’s first contact with black hagfish, which are common off the California coast, but are found only in deep...

Fudge Lab Class of 2019 graduation plans

Chris Hoang has been accepted into Chapman’s MS program in Computational and Data Sciences. Emma Whitely is headed to Medical School at the University of Toledo. Lauren Friend will be attending Columbia University to get a Masters in Biomedical Engineering...

Sara Siwiecki headed to Yale!

Sara Siwiecki (’18) once worked in the lab studying the biophysics of mucous expansion in hagfish slime. Now, she has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – a highly competitive and distinguished award. She will use this to...

No One is Prepared for Hagfish Slime

Read this article from The Atlantic describing the wonders of hagfish slime (and quoting Dr. Fudge!): https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/hagfish-slime/581002/

An ‘Academic Minute’ on hagfish biomechanics

Dr. Fudge appeared on the podcast “Academic Minute” recently, where he discussed the results of a recent paper led by MSc student Sarah Boggett on the biomechanics of predator-prey interactions between hagfishes and sharks. You can listen to the podcast...

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...

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...
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