Welcome! My name is Dr. Alexis Noel and I am a research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. From 2013 to 2018, I was a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, studying biomechanics in the David Hu laboratory for biolocomotion. My primary focus is on adhesion and gripping with soft tissues. During my PhD, I studied the driving mechanisms behind what makes frog tongues so sticky, how cats groom using sharp tongue spines, how earwax is a great dust collector and how sweating affects grip. My research is at the intersection of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and biology.
Life as a biomechanist is never dull. I have gotten to work with exotic frog species, hold a tiger tongue, measure dog earwax properties, and analyze cat videos for research. My long nights in the lab involve urging a frog to eat a cricket and stick its tongue out for the camera. I sometimes have to procure my experimental samples at a local supermarket, where cow and pig tongue are plentiful. Applying core mechanics principles to elucidate natures complex mechanisms is also half the fun!
In the future, I hope to discover novel manufacturing techniques for creating bio-mimetic materials. My interests are in 3D printing and soft robotics; I look to someday create unique electro-mechanical composites that better mimic muscle and tissue.
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