Master's Students

Andrew Barrios - Material Properties of Scombrid fish bones (2014 - )

I am a graduate student in the Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials (FABB) Lab with Dr. Paig-Tran. I graduated California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology. My education at Fullerton gave me a strong background in marine ecology, but I discovered the field of biomechanics and biomaterials late in my undergraduate career. My current research focuses on the evolution and material properties of acellular bone in marine fishes.   Email:


Raj Bolla - Biomimetic modeling of manta ray filters (2014- )

I am an M.S. candidate in Dr. Paig-Tran’s Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials (FABB) lab at California State University, Fullerton. I graduated from University of California, Merced (UCM) with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis in Tissue Engineering along with a minor in Chemical Sciences. I developed an interest in marine biology during my brief service as an Interpretive Park Ranger for Yosemite National Park and Angel Island State Park. My undergraduate engineering training coupled with the interest I developed for marine biology cultivated my interest in the field of Marine Biomechanics. My current research interests focus on the relationships between biomechanics, ecology, and evolution in order to understand how form fits function in marine systems.




Andrew Lowe - Evolution and mechanical properties of armored fishes (2016 - )

I am a graduate student beginning in Dr. Paig-Tran’s Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials (FABB) Lab at CSU Fullerton. I graduated with a B.Sc. in Molecular Environmental Biology with a concentration in Animal Health and Behavior from the University of California, Berkeley. Mechanisms of animal morphologies have always interested me and that is what led me to biomechanics and the lab. My current research focuses on the evolution and mechanical properties of small armored fish. Email:



Arthur Loh (2015 - ) - Evolution of denticles on gill arches. 



Caitlin Stapp (2016 - ) 

I am an undergraduate marine biology student new to the FABB lab. I was motivated to pursue fish biomechanics after the SCERP (Southern California Ecosystems Research Program) when we tested the mechanical properties of armored fish scales. Currently I am working with Dr. Paig-Tran to investigate the denticulation and functional anatomy of reproductive organs in cartilaginous fishes. 

Lab Alumni

Amir Ardalan (Undergraduate) 2014-2015. 

Arya Moshrefi (Undergraduate) 2014-2015.  Currently a graduate student at CSUF

Belen Chairez (Post Bac) 2015-2016.  Currently in Master of Science in Global Medicine USC

Victoria Yang (Post Bac) 2015-2016. 

June Nong (Post Bac) 2015-2016.



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.