• The Perspective, entitled "Biomimetics and Evolution", examines the key connections between evolutionary analysis, biomechanics and biomimetics.   Go to this page to access links to the full text, summary and reprint of the article.
  • We have founded the new Physical Biology of Organisms consortium  with a website and starter funding from Duke University for events throughout this year.  Check out our website for news and initiatives.
  • Prof. Patek and undergraduate Qian Wang have launched a new program at Duke called CUBR: Connecting Undergraduates to Biology Research.  Check it out!  
  • Patek lab Postdoc Phil Anderson led a new paper about the mechanical evolution of linked systems in mantis shrimp.  Published online at the journal Evolution, this paper paves the way for examining how linked biomechanical systems co-evolve. Title: Levers and linkages: mechanical trade-offs... Read More
  • The Field Museum in Chicago launched a new exhibit called "The Machine Inside".  It examines the diverse mechanical systems in biology.  The exhibit will travel to museums around the U.S., so keep an eye open at your local science museum! Photo Credit: © The Field Museum/Karen... Read More
  • This position has been filled. The Patek Lab is looking for an undergraduate work-study student to assist for at least 5 hours/week with regular aquarium maintenance, animal care and basic research assistance over the summer.  The student must be eligible for work-study and is expected... Read More
  • This position has been filled. The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is hosting a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers position during the summer of 2014.  The teacher will be directly involved in research examining the evolution and biomechanics of the ultrafast... Read More
  • Recent publication about Ninjabot receives press coverage.  Check out one of the news articles at  
  • Former Patek Lab graduate student Suzanne Cox, Patek and UMass colleagues publish the first paper about Ninjabot, an ultrafast physical model of mantis shrimp.  The new publication can be downloaded here.  A physical model of the extreme mantis shrimp strike: kinematics and... Read More
  • Patek and former lab undergraduate, Marco Mendoza Blanco, publish a new paper in the journal Evolution entitled, "Muscle tradeoffs in a power-amplified prey capture system".  This study offers a new window into the classic force-velocity tradeoffs in muscle contractions placed in the context... Read More
  • Suzanne Cox won the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 2014 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology awarded by The Crustacean Society.  She presented new research on cavitation in mantis shrimp and the use of the physical model, Ninjabot. Congratulations, Suzanne!  
  • Patek and former postdoc Thomas Claverie publish a new paper entitled, "Modularity and rates of evolutionary change in a power-amplified prey capture system" in the most recent edition of the journal Evolution.