• 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  •  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
  • Patek lab graduate student, Michael Rosario, has been awarded a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to work with Prof. Tom Roberts at Brown University.  Congratulations, Michael!
  • Former Patek Lab undegraduate, Lauren Shipp, received her PhD at Scripps Institute of Oceanography this semester.  Her dissertation research focused on sea urchin gut development and she's moving on to a postdoc at the Salk Institute.  Former Patek Lab lab manager Erica Staaterman... Read More