Visuomotor Control in Fish Predator-Prey Interactions
For my dissertation work in the McHenry Lab I am interested in the strategy predatory zebrafish use when attacking prey. Prey capture is a visually mediated behavior and is subject to constraints imposed by the locomotor system. By assessing the role of vision on locomotor performance during a predatory encounter I am beginning to uncover the control system used by predators. Modeling the visuomotor control system will provide a means to test alternative control strategies. This will allow us to ask whether the zebrafish is performing optimally under its constraints.
Advisor: Dr. Matt McHenry
Modeling Blood Pressure Dynamics
During the summer of 2011, I participated in the NCSU REU program. I was part of a group of six students working under the guidance of Dr. Mette Olufsen. The goal of our research project was to develop a mathematical model of the circulatory system and to effectively model the autonomic response that regulates blood pressure during head-up tilt. We used numerical methods to estimate a subset of model parameters from patient specific data. This research has the potential to become a tool for personalized diagnosis of blood pressure regulation disorders.
Research Mentor: Dr. Mette Olufsen