• This position has been FILLED. The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke has an undergraduate research position available during the summer of 2016.  The project will examine fast, impulsive movements of animals in the natural environment. Some focal systems for the project are catapult... Read More
  • Patek lab postdoc Dr. Katsushi Kagaya and Prof. Patek published a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology about the control of movements that are so fast that they can't be controlled by real-time neural feedback.  The study focused on the ultrafast smashing strikes of mantis shrimp... Read More
  • The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is hosting a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers position during the summer of 2016.  The teacher will be directly involved in research examining the evolution of the ultrafast mantis shrimp feeding strikes and sensory... Read More
  • The Patek Lab  is recruiting one high school and one undergraduate student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2016. The students will participate in projects examining fast, impulsive movements of animals in the natural environment. The... Read More
  • A new era begins in the Patek Lab!  Michael Rosario passed his defense and completed all of his requirements for his PhD.  He heads to Tom Roberts' lab at Brown University for his NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship.  Congratulations, Dr. Mike! Phl Anderson wrapped up his... Read More
  • Patek Lab graduate student Patrick Green led a new paper published in Biology Letters about fighting in mantis shrimp.   The exciting findings about sparring in these animals were also highlighted in multiple news outlets, including Wired, Science/AAAS, The Atlantic, Live Science and Duke... Read More
  • For the next 3-5 years, Patek will be leading a $6.2 million grant from the Army Research Office on the topic of impulsive systems.  The full team convened for the first time, including collaborators from Harvard (Rob Wood), UMass Amherst (Al Crosby), Stanford (Manu Prakash), UC Irvine (Manny... Read More
  • MUSER (Matching Undergraduates to Science and Engineering Research) was unveiled this semester as an upgrade to last year's biology-focused undergraduate research-matching website.  Duke Chronicle wrote an article about the new program which is funded by Patek's NSF CAREER award.
  • American Scientist published a paper written by Patek about powerful movements in biology, offering a non-technical overview of the principles of extremely fast movement and some of the discoveries arising from the Patek Lab over the past ten years.  
  • Dr. Phil Anderson accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He will start the new position in January 2016.  Congratulations!!
  • Arjun Bhatt, a high school student from the North Carolina School of Science and Math, presented his final project from the Patek Lab at the NCSSM's summer research symposium.
  •  Michael Rosario and Sheila Patek have published a new paper in the Journal of Morphology, entitled "Multilevel analysis of elastic morphology: the mantis shrimp's spring".  This study examines the approches to analyzing elastic mechanisms based on morphological variation within and... Read More