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  • The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant led by Prof. Patek was awarded an extension grant.  This basic research grant funds the five-university team, including the Bergbreiter lab at CMU, Azizi Lab at UC Irvine, Crosby Lab at UMass Amherst, and Wood Lab at Harvard, to... Read More
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biomechanics The Patek Lab at Duke University seeks the unifying principles that guide, limit and promote the evolutionary diversity of biomechanical systems. Our research yields discoveries of new biological phenomena, original tests of macroevolutionary... Read More
  • Prof. Patek was selected as a Bass Fellow and awarded the Mrs. Alexander Heymeyer Professorship.   The Bass Fellows program recognizes Duke faculty members who achieve "true excellence in both research and teaching, and are good university citizens". Duke's Office of Undergraduate Education... Read More
  • POSTDOCTORAL JOB OPENING: Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Biomechanics The Patek Lab at Duke University leads a five-university interdisciplinary research team devoted to establishing the principles of extremely fast movement in small systems.  Grounded in the... Read More
  • Patek lab postdoc, Dr. Sarah Longo, will begin a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Towson University in Fall 2020. She will teach some of the courses that inspired her to pursue a career in higher education: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution and Evolution.
  • Ph.D. student Jason Dinh was awarded a Fellowship in Graduate Studies from the Crustacean Society! This fellowship will fund his research into the chemical mechanisms underlying winner and loser effects in snapping shrimp contests.
  • Patek Lab postdoc, Dr. Crystal Reynaga, accepts a tenure-track assistant professor position of physiology at Bryn Mawr College and will begin mid-summer 2020.
  •  Jason Dinh, a Patek Lab graduate student, earned two awards for his oral presentation at SICB 2020 - 1) the Best Student Presentation Award from The Crustacean Society and 2) Honorable Mention for the Best Oral Student Presentation in the Division of Animal Behavior at SICB 2020. Congrats,... Read More
  • Jacob Harrison, a PhD Candidate in the Patek Lab, received two Duke Graduate School Fellowships this year – a Bass Instructional TA Fellowship and a Bass Instructional Instructor of Record Fellowship. He is looking forward to the opportunity to teach and work with undergraduates! Jacob also... Read More
  • Former Patek Lab postdoc, Dr. Martha Muñoz, now an assistant professor at Yale University was profiled by The Scientist.
  • Michael Rosario, a former graduate student in the Patek Lab, and now assistant professor at West Chester University, was profiled by the Journal of Experimental Biology.  This in-depth conversation provides important insights into career paths in science. 
  • Patek published a review in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology about the impacts and insights of interdisciplinary research on mantis shrimp raptorial appendages. Patek, S. N. 2019. The power of mantis shrimp strikes: Interdisciplinary impacts of an extreme cascade of energy release.... Read More

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