Posted February 15th, 2015 by Nicole Danos


Current address:
Tytell Lab- Biology Department
200 Boston Ave.
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

I am a broadly trained functional morphologist interested in the interplay between mechanics, anatomy and physiology. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Eric Tytell where I study how the mechanical properties of muscles and of the whole body contribute to locomotor stability, after completing a postdoctoral appointment in muscle physiology with Dr. Manny Azizi. I have studied both the development and the evolution of locomotor systems in fish, especially in relation to the connective tissues surrounding skeletal muscles and the hydrodynamic performance of the whole organism as it matures and grows. However, I am curious about any physiological process that responds to mechanical stimuli and hope to use the knowledge and experimental techniques I have developed while studying animal locomotion to explore new frontiers in mechanophysiology.

Danos, N. and Azizi, E. (2015). Passive stiffness of hindlimb muscles in Anurans with distinct locomotor specializations. Zoology. 118(4):239-47. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2015.02.003.

Azizi, E., Abbott, E., Larson, N. and Danos, N. (2014). Reduce torques and stick the landing: Limb posture during landing in toad. J. Exp. Biol. 217:3742-3747. doi:10.1242/jeb.108506

Danos, N. and Aguilar-Roca, N. (2014). Case studies in the use of graphical illustrations in science teaching. In Graphicacy and Culture: Refocusing on Visual learning, by Danos, X. Loughborough Design Press, UK.

Danos, N. and Lauder, G. (2012). Challenging zebrafish escape responses by increasing water viscosity. J Exp Biol 215:1854-1862 doi:10.1242/jeb.068957

Danos, N. (2012). Locomotor development under novel hydrodynamic conditions in zebrafish (Danio rerio). J. Exp. Zoology A . 317 (2):117 – 126. doi: 10.1002/jez.1002

Danos, N. and Ward, A. (2012). The origins and homology of intermuscular bones in fishes: phylogenetic or biomechanical determinants? Biol. J. Linnaean Soc. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.01893.x

Danos, N., & Staab, K. L. (2010). Can mechanical forces be responsible for novel bone development and evolution in fishes? Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 26(2), 156–161. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0426.2010.01396.x

Danos, N. and Lauder, G. V. (2007). The ontogeny of fin function during routine turns in zebrafish Danio rerio. J. Exp. Biol. 210, 3374-3386.doi: 10.1242/ jeb.007484. Inside JEB commentary by Blackburn (2007). Turning performance in growing zebrafish, vol. 210, pp. iii.

Danos, N., N. Fisch, et al. (2008). “The musculotendinous system of an anguilliform swimmer: Muscles, myosepta, dermis, and their interconnections in Anguilla rostrata.” J. Morph. 269(1): 29-44. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10570

2 Responses to “Research”

  1. lasertest says:

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