• AEOP summer internships - Biomechanics of Ultrafast Movements The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is recruiting one undergraduate and one high school student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2018. The students will... Read More
  • Patek Lab Manager Gracie Farley presented research at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology's annual conference in San Francisco. Her conference presentation was featured by the journal Science.  Check it out!
  • Through a collaboration led by Duke Mechanical Engineering Professor Chuan-Hua Chen's lab, Patek and Prof. Anne Pringle (U. Wisconsin) have published a new paper in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface explaining the energetics, fluid dynamics, and directional control of... Read More
  • Patek and visiting professor Adam Summers (University of Washington) published a primer on invertebrate biomechanics in Current Biology.  Patek, S. N. and A. P. Summers. 2017. Primer: Invertebrate Biomechanics. Current Biology 27(10): R371-R375. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.04.012 Abstract:... Read More
  • Patek Lab undergraduate, Samantha Kisare, received the Rast Award in Comparative Organismal Biology at Duke's 2017 graduation. Samantha worked in the Patek Lab for her entire four years at Duke and her thesis research was recognized with honors distinction.  Samantha is pictured above on... Read More
  • This position has been filled. Graduating? Want to continue to grad school in biology/engineering research? The Patek Lab has an open position for a full-time lab manager/research associate position, starting June 2017. This position is approximately 50% aquarium animal care and administrative... Read More
  • Martha Muñoz, a postdoc in the Patek Lab, has been awarded the prestigious Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists. This award recognizes outstanding research by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application... Read More
  • The Patek Lab has been awarded a grant to fund a high school student summer fellowship and undergraduate summer fellowship for the summer of 2017.  Please apply!  Choose "Duke University" as the site of interest. 
  • Led by Patek Lab Postdoc Martha Muñoz, our new paper examines the effects of physics on the rates of evolutionary change and is entitled, "Mechanical sensitivity and the dynamics of evolutionary rate shifts in biomechanical systems". Abstract: The influence of biophysical relationships on rates of... Read More
  • Rachel Crane was awarded the Best Student Presentation award at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology conference.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KQED Science produced a new Deep Look story and video about the visual and prey capture capabilities of mantis shrimp, along with the relevance to new cancer-detection technologies.  
  • The outcome of a wide-ranging collaboration, Patek Lab members published a featured paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about the comparative hydrodynamics of mantis shrimp strikes.  This study examined the morphological and kinematic tradeoffs of fast and ultrafast motion... Read More