Simon moved to Georgia Tech in the fall of 2014. He studies how the versatile, agile locomotion of animals arises from their physiological components using the perspective of physics and comparative biology. He completed his graduate training at UC, Berkeley and postdoctoral research at the University of Washington.
University Contact Info
Dunn Family Professor
School of Physics
School of Biological Sciences
Adjunct in Biomedical Engineering
Bioengineering Graduate Program
Quantitative Biosciences Graduate Program
Georgia Institute of Technology
Howey Physics Building C205
837 State St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
The Sponberg Group @ Georgia Tech
Agile Systems Lab
837 State St. NW
Howey Physics Building W208/W209
Atlanta, GA 30313
Dr. Brett Aiello
Ph.D. from University of Chicago
Joy obtained her B.S. in Biology and Physics-Engineering from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. While there, she researched how electrical signals for gastrointestinal motility are altered by disease states. She has an interest in the interface between biomechanics and neural control that started with her undergrad research, and is excited to work in the Sponberg lab, because--let's face it--moths are a lot cuter than guts. When not in lab, she enjoys reading books, going to the movies, hiking, and playing video games.
Usama Bin Sikandar
Usama received his B.Sc. from LUMS. He is an electrical engineer interested in control systems and dynamics. He uses models of flapping flight and control systems to understand how hawkmoths display remarkable agility in their flight. He is also working on two collaborations: 1) With Brett in a quest to answer why silkmoths and hawkmoths fly differently; 2) With Dr. Ferrari's lab (Cornell) in remodeling their RoboBee to make it a better flier by taking inspirations from insect flight.
Emine Zeynep Ulutas
Emine is an undergraduate Neuroscience major interested in systems and cellular neuroscience. She is working with Brett and Stephanie on understanding how contextual cues and neuromodulation can regulate behavioral plasticity in moths. In her spare time, she enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing violin, and trying out new restaurants/coffee shops.
Haritha is an undergraduate neuroscience major with a minor in health and medical sciences. Her interests lie within systems neuroscience. She is working with Stephanie in understanding the process behind how hawkmoths learn and apply that knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys having out with her friends and learning to cook new recipes.
Gabriel is a second-year Physics major currently pursuing a CS and math double minor. He works with Usama to refine a model describing moth flight aerodynamics. He mostly spends his spare time with friends, swimming/lifting weights, cooking and reading/watching sci-fi.
Harrison is an undergraduate biomedical engineering major. He works with Brett to study mudskipper blinking. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, and trying new recipes.
Biomedical Engineering major with a Computer Science minor
Manognya is a 3rd year undergrad majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a Computer Science minor. Manognya works with Brett on researching the causes of blinking in mudskipper fish - mainly through evaporation and visual stimuli. In her free time, she enjoys singing as part of an a cappella team, painting, hiking, and hanging out with my friends.
Dr. Stephanie Gage (Post-doc, Ph.D. Neurobiology & Neuroscience, University of Arizona)
Dr. Megan Matthews (Ph.D. Physics, Georgia Tech)
Dr. Jeff Gau (Ph.D. BioEngineering, Georgia Tech)
Dr. Travis Tune (Ph.D. Physics, Georgia Tech)
Dr. Izaak Neveln (Post-doc, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University)
Marc Guasch (Research Technician -- now a grad student at Georgia Tech)
Sofia Russo (Physics REU)
Tobias Niebur (ECE -- now a grad student at JHU)
Gabriela "Ella" Small (Swarthmore -- Physics)
Martha Rimniceanu (Research Technician -- now at Frye Lab, UCLA)
Amoolya Tirumalai (BME -- now at Bhandawat Lab, Duke)
Elizabeth Veith (Bio)
Rachel Barker (Physics -- now at Sober Lab, Emory)
Chidinma "Chi Chi" Chukwueke (BME -- now at Abbott Labs)
Steven Chandler (Research Technician)
Gabriela Maria Hernandez (Physics, Univ. of Miami)
Brittany Bayley (Physics -- Masters)
William Xia (ECE)
Natalie Murray (Physics)
Frank Adams (Physics/Mech. Eng. Clark Atlanta Univ.)
Hunter Hakimian (Physics)
Ravi Chauhan (Mech. Eng.)