I have a PhD in Biology and have held 2 postdoc positions since 2009.
My research is on the mechanisms that induce plasticity in biological materials, structures and phenotypic traits. My research bridges the gaps between biology and materials science. I use spider orb-webs and silks as biological models as they are extended phenotypes that are variable at genome, proteome and phenome levels. I use cross-disciplinary techniques, incorporating physics, chemistry and fiber science, to investigate the different variables that act on on silk properties.
DECRA Research Fellow in Evolutionary Biology, UNSW Australia
Senior lecturer, UNSW Australia
University of Sydney, PhD in Biology
Physico-chemical property variation in spider silks: ecology, evolution and synthetic production, Annual Review of Entomology
Diet-induced covariation between architectural and physicochemical plasticity in an extended phenotype, Journal of Experimental Biology
Grants and Contracts
Australian Research Council
International Society of Arachnologists
Evolutionary Biology Not Elsewhere Classified (060399)
Materials Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified (091299)