Assistant Professor Biology, California State University, Fullerton

I was raised in sunny Southern California and spent most of my life in and around the ocean.

Ph.D University of Washington - Biomechanics of filter-feeding in sharks and rays

B.S. California State University Long Beach - Marine Biology. Shark assimilation efficiencies

Arizona State University as a Post Doctoral Scholar in Dr. Lara Ferry's laboratory. 


In Fall 2014,  I joined California State University Fullerton's (CSUF) Biology Department as an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics. My lab focuses on multiple topics in functional morphology and comparative biomechanics of marine systems. I am now accepting applications for Master's students for the Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials (FABB) Lab. Interested students should click here for more information about applying to CSUF.


Follow me for Fish Facts on Twitter @FABBLab


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Students interested in joining the FABB lab should contact Dr. Paig-Tran directly. Include a short statement of who you are and your research interests. It is helpful to include an updated C.V. 

*Remember, before contacting any professor about joining their lab, make sure that you do your homework. Know what their lab does. Try to read one of their papers or at least an abstract from their papers. Have a possible research question ready to discuss. This impresses P.I.s and gives you the advantage over students who have not taken the time to look into what happens in that lab.


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