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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Barry Trimmer

Henry Bromfield-Pearson Professor of Natural Sciences Professor of Biology
Barry Trimmer

Barry Trimmer

Henry Bromfield-Pearson Professor of Natural Sciences Professor of Biology

Office phone: 617-627-3924
Lab phone: 617-627-0900
Campus: Medford
Office: 200 Boston Avenue, Room 2631
Laboratory: 
200 Boston Avenue
Education: 
BA, Natural Science & Zoology, University of Cambridge
PhD, Neurobiology, University of Cambridge
Postdoctoral Training, Harvard Medical School; University of California, Berkely; University of Oregon
Research synopsis: 

I lead two integrated research labs; the Tufts Neuromechanics Laboratory explores the neural processes that organize sensory and motor information to control locomotion of a soft bodied insect (the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta). The Biomimetic Devices Laboratory focuses on applying biological principles in the design, fabrication and control of soft robots. Soft animals can deform in complex ways and one of our major research goals is to identify how they control their movements in a computationally efficient manner using the principles of embodiment and morphological computation. Findings from this research are then adapted to build and control soft crawling and climbing robots (SoftWorms) both as a research platform and for solving real-world problems. A related long-term goal is to grow robotic devices using a combination of biosynthetic materials, cellular modulation, and tissue engineering. These cell-based biosynthetic robots will exploit the advantages of insect stem cells to construct self-assembling, bio-fueled and biodegradable machines.

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