Master's Students

Raj Divi (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.

 

                                                                                         Email: vbolla@fullerton.edu

 

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: alowe@csu.fullerton.edu

 

Undergraduates

SCERP Student

Jacob Javier (2017- ) I am a Southern California Ecosystems Research Program (SCERP) Scholar. Upon entering college I did not know where to focus my interests in the Marine Sciences, but after two years of research, I was able to find that focus in Marine Biomechanics. I am currently working in the Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Biomimetics (FABB) lab to understand the filtration mechanism of whale sharks. I am hoping for this project to give me the experience and tools needed to further explore the fields of Biomechanics, Biomimetics, and Bioinspiration. 

Leslie Barron (2018- ). Digging performance in sand crabs and fluidization of their sand bed

Ashleigh Davies (2018- ). Haul out performance of walrus teeth

Ryan Fitterer (2018- ). Tooth performance and fatigue testing in sharks

Lindsay Maldonado (2018- ). Amira and 3D specialist. Curation of skulls for teaching lab.  

Volunteers

Wyan Wan (HS student) (2018- )

Kaycee Coonen (2018)

Megan Nguyen (2017- )

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.

 

Contact Misty: 

empaig-tran@fullerton.edu