Collins Lab

  • Biomechanics

About Us

We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the role of physical principles for living systems. We focus on two areas: Biomechanics and Neuroethology & -toxicology. We work with freshwater planarians and Hydra. Both organisms are famous for their regenerative capabilities: one can cut them into many pieces and each piece will give rise to an entire new animal! 

We use techniques from physics, engineering, and computer science, and combine them with molecular biology methods, to investigate how structure and function influence development, regeneration, physiology, and asexual reproduction (in planarians).  If you want to learn more about what we do, check out our Research page or contact us.