Army Research Office Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
Trap-jaw ant biomechanics
Justin has recently graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology (Class of 2017). There, he conducted research on microorganism predator-prey interactions in the Koehl Biomechanics Lab. His research is to be a piece of a larger investigation on the single cellular predators that interact with choanoflagellates. Unicellular choanoflagellates have the ability to form multicellular colonies making them a possible ancestor for multicellular life. Justin's research on the paramecium predator Blepharisma hopes to provide further insight into whether avoiding predation is one of the determining factors that leads to colony formation in choanoflagellates. Justin is excited to pursue his passion for discovering and unraveling the mechanics behind complex organism adaptations in the Patek Lab.