The Valentine Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioadhesion

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  • Megan T. Valentine

    Megan T. Valentine, Principal Investigator (C.V.)
    Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering



    Office: Engineering II Bldg., Room 2361C
    Phone: (805) 893-2594
    Fax: (805) 893-8651

        
    Donna M. Mancusi

    Donna M. Mancusi, Lab Manager



    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1233
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
    Fax: (805) 893-8651

       
    Alfredo Quinto Hernandez Alfredo Quinto Hernandez, Visiting Faculty Member
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Zacatepec, Morelos, Mexico
    Project: Mechanical Properties of Lignocellulosic Biomass.
    Sponsored by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science


    Office: Engineering II Building, Room 2328
     
     
    Ben Lopez
    Benjamin Lopez, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Ph.D., Physics, University of Oregon
    Project: Regulation of microtubule mechanics and function by EB1


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
     
    Emma Filippidi
    Emma Filippidi, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Ph.D., Physics, New York University
    Project: Characterization and design of marine-inspired wet adhesives


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
     
    Dezhi Yu
    Dezhi Yu, Graduate Research Assistant
    Department of Materials, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Effects of tau on microtubule mechanics and intracellular transport


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
     
    Bugra Kaytanli
    Bugra Kaytanli, Graduate Research Assistant
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Force transmission in the cytoskeleton


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1227
     
     

    Jamie Wilcox

    Jamianne Wilcox, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Mechanisms of collective transport by kinesins


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1245
     
     
    Kuang Wei, Undergraduate Research Assistant
    UC Leads Program
    Project: Effects of tau on microtubule mechanics

     
     
    Noah Rubin, Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Project: Mussel-inspired adhesion

     
     



    Former Lab Members Current Coordinates
    Ken Desmond Research Scientist, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
    Jun Lin Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics and HHMI, Cornell University
    Nick Zacchia Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia
    Veronica Pessino Biophysics Graduate Program (iPQB), University of California, San Francisco
    Erin Watson Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, Stanford University
    Jackie Ohmura BioEngineering Ph.D. Program, M.I.T.
    Steve Kuei Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. Program, Rice University
















    Valentine Laboratory, California NanoSystems Institute, Room 2404, Elings Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; 805-893-2594.