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Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioadhesion

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  • Megan T. Valentine

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



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


    Jaejun Lee
    Jaejun Lee
    Postdoctoral Scholar
    Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
    Project: Developing materials that convert light energy into mechanical work



    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235

    Luke Gockowski

    Luke Gockowski

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Student 
    Project: Adaptive soft materials and the design/development soft robots


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 2223

    Younghoon Kwon

    Younghoon Kwon

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Student 
    Project: Mechanics of biological and bioinspired materials


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 2219

    Justin Bernstein

    Justin Bernstein

    Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry, College of Creative Studies (CCS) 
    Project: Structural properties of mussel byssal materials
    CCS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship


    Vedika Shenoy

    Vedika Shenoy

    Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering 
    Project: Development of microfluidic devices for studies of complex fluids


    Delany Rodriguez

    Delany Rodriguez

    Research Scientist, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology 
    Project: Vascular mechanobiology and neuromechanics

    Donna M. Mancusi

    Donna M. Mancusi
    Former Lab Manager





    Former Lab Members Current Coordinates
    Donna M. Mancusi Materials Research Laboratory, UCSB
    Emmanouela Filippidi Assistant Professor, University of Crete
    Ben Lopez NRI/MCDB Microscopy Facility Director, UCSB
    Ken Desmond Research Scientist, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
    Jun Lin Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics and HHMI, Cornell University
    Yali YangMD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
    Bugra KaytanliIntegration Engineer, Intel
    Menaka WilhelmScience Writer, WIRED Magazine and NPR
    Nick Zacchia Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship
    Dezhi YuHong Kong
    Charlotta LorenzDepartment of Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Gottingen
    Dane BrouwerPh.D. student, Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering
    Avik MondalPh.D. student, University of Michigan, Physics
    Kuang WeiPh.D. Student, University of Chicago, Physics
    Veronica Pessino Postdoctoral Scholar, Salk Institute
    Erin Watson Software Engineering, Oculus VR
    Jackie Ohmura Postdoctoral Scholar, M.I.T.
    Steve Kuei NRC Postdoctoral Scholar, NIST
    Margaret Merritt Associate Brand Manager, Unilever
















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