We study mechanosensory systems. We also occasionally study the signalling end of the same systems. But what I really do is hope, fondly (and perhaps, crazily) that we can, for at least this small corner of biology, develop the sort of experimentally testable and tested, philosophical, theoretical and predictive framework that physics has managed. I acknowledge that I may have physics, or worse, maths envy. Worse still, I may still be hoping to earn the Ph part of my PhD. I think of this extension of this xkcd comic often.
Dr. Erin Brandt is a postdoc in the Mhatre lab, starting in September 2019. She is broadly interested in sexual selection, thermal biology, and the mechanistic bases of behavior. Dr. Brandt graduated with her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2019. She conducted her dissertation work in the Elias Lab, focusing on how temperature impacts sexual behavior, physiology, and movement ecology in jumping spiders. Her work in the Mhatre lab examines the relationship between temperature, movement, and perception in spider sensory organs.
Yoshan Sasiharan is coordinating our labs 3D pose estimation video analysis using DeepLabCut. He's also a Toronto Raptors fanatic!
Reese Gartly is an undergrad in integrated science doing her fourth year thesis exploring how leg morphology impacts spider mechanorecpetion. Outside of the lab she enjoys playing hockey, reading and being outdoors exploring everything she can!
Anastassia Mena is studying animal behaviour and doing my thesis on the temperature dependent changes in spider leg extension forces. Outside of the lab, she spends equal amounts of time exploring the great outdoors and watching animal documentaries.
Sarah Duke is currently working on the morphology of cricket wings in regards to their sound efficiency and will be conducting a thesis on cricket wing venation in flatwing mutants. Outside of the lab, she enjoys working her right brain by reading, embroidering, and attempting to teach herself how to cook.
Details coming soon!