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EVOLUTIONARY BIOMECHANICS LABORATORY
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

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Biologists are concerned with life, and engineers study technology.  Biomechanics is where both meet, as it is the study of the technology of living things. No living creature, no matter how complex, can escape the laws of physics. In the Evolutionary Biomechanics Group, we exploit these universal constraints to study the performance, behaviour and evolution of various organisms.

To this end, we employ a large spectrum of methodological approaches from engineering and physics, build our own experimental rigs to measure forces and deformations at small scales, conduct analytical and numerical modelling, and generally try to work in an integrative and comparative framework. Our multi-disciplinary research is often conducted in close collaboration with a number of laboratories and non-academic institutions, such as zoos, all over the world. Get in touch if you want to know more, or even do some work with us!

Research themes

BIOMECHANICS OF INSECT HERBIVORY

We study how mechanical constraints influence the performance and behaviour of the prime consumer of plant material throughout the neotropics - the leaf-cutter ants.

BIOMECHANICS OF REVERSIBLE ADHESION

We investigate the fundamental principles that allow arthropods and small vertebrates to run & climb with sticky feet.

Evolution of advanced materials

We are interested in the structure-function relationship of high-performance biological materials, for example, the minerals of avian eggshell, or the keratin of the fingernails of primates. 

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d.labonte@imperial.ac.uk

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Department of Bioengineering 
Bessemer Building
Imperial CollegeLondon SW7 2AZ