Dr. Ted Uyeno is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Ted received his Masters in Zoology from the University of Calgary and his PhD in Biomechanics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then went on to serve as a postdoctoral fellow and Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University. Ted is with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.
Dr. Uyeno’s research program is primarily interested in answering the question: How does it work? In particular, research projects in his lab attempt to describe the functional morphology, or biomechanics, of soft tissue structures that organisms use to get along in everyday life: locomotion, feeding, burrowing, reproduction, etc. The techniques we use to do this include lots of time on the ocean, histology, muscle physiology, 3D imaging, computer reconstructions and physical model building (computer programming, electronics and machine prototyping). Because of our interest in soft-tissue structures, the Uyeno Biomechanics Lab, often studies soft-bodied invertebrate organisms; like Humboldt squids (below), snails, worms, flatworms and many others.