Principal Investigator


PhD Candidate


PhD Student


Jordan Balaban

Education: BS, 2006 Univ. of Rhode Island

                  MS, 2013 Univ. of Rhode Island  

Research interests: Mechanics, physiology and ecology of muscle atrophy in ectotherms

PhD Candidate

Crystal Reynaga

Education: BS, 2012 UC Santa Cruz

Research interests: Functional implications of novel gaits and substrates in terrestrial vertebrates

Manny Azizi PhD

Associate Professor

Education: BA,  1998 UC Berkeley

                  PhD, 2005 UMass, Amherst

                  Post-doc, Brown University       


Lab Alumni


Undergraduate Students

Jeff Olberding PhD

Education: BS,  2010 Univ. of Cincinnati

                  MS,  2013 UC Riverside

                  PhD, 2017 Univ. South Florida




HBCU Fellow


PhD Student



Kris Stover PhD

Education: BS,  2009 Ohio University

                  MS,  2012 College of Charleston

                  PhD, 2017 Brown University



Ben Perlman PhD

Education: BS,  2003 UC Santa Cruz

                  MS,  2010 Moss Landing

                  PhD, 2016 Wake Forest University

Adrien Arias

Education: BS, 2017 Cal State San Bernardino

Research interests: Variation in muscle function during terrestrial locomotion

Alex Duman

Education: BS, 2017 Univ. of Illinois UC

Research interests: Ontogeny of motor patterns and muscle function

Caitrin Eaton (PD)- Assistant Professor, Colby College

Natalie Holt (PD)- Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University

Nicole Danos (PD)-  Assistant Professor University of San Diego

Emily Abbott (PhD)- Post-doc Georgia Institute of Technology

Lizzie Santos (U)- University of Pacific School of Dentistry

Amber Deslauriers (MS)- Samuel Merritt University,  Doc. Physical Therapy

Neil Larson (U)- University of Miami Medical School

Pooja Rana (U)- University of Missouri Medical School

Marla Goodfellow (U)- Western University,  Doc. Physical Therapy  


Elizabeth Mendoza

Education: BS, 2015 UC Riverside

                  MS, 2018 Oklahoma State Univ.  

Research interests: TBD

PhD Student







Ming Gong

Joanna Bradshaw