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

Andy Turko’s Rivulus paper in JEB

Andy Turko from Pat Wrights' lab at the University of Guelph recently published an interdisciplinary paper on the effects of gravity on gills of the amphibious fish known as the mangrove rivulus. Using ingenious experiments at Dalhousie's microgravity facility, Andy...

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Congratulations Stacey and Lauren!

Stacey Zuppa and Lauren Friend won first prize in the undergraduate poster category at the recent Southwestern Organismal Biology conference held this year at the Claremont Colleges. Congrats to Stacey and Lauren, as well as co-authors Kevin and...

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Welcome Charlie!

Welcome to Dr. Charlene McCord, who joined the Fudge Lab as a Grand Challenges Initiative postdoc. Charlie will be teaching GCI classes and doing research on hagfish biomechanics. Charlie got her PhD from the University of Chicago, where she worked on the evolution...

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