Janna C. Nawroth, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Aerospace (GALCIT)
with Dr. John Dabiri
at the Biological Propulsion Laboratory
Mail Code 138-78
California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91125
Email: jnawroth [at] caltech [dot] edu
Just out! A tissue-engineered jellyfish with biomimetic propulsion published in Nature Biotechnology
Video Caption: Most people know jellyfish as a painful nuisance, a beautiful aquarium exhibit or -less commonly- in the form of a marinated snack. Now a team of researchers at Caltech and Harvard University have taken yet another perspective on this simple invertebrate; for them, it constitutes nature's prototype of a flexible, muscle-powered pump that could be used for medicalapplications and soft robotics. Graduate student Janna Nawroth worked with John Dabiri, professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at Caltech, and Kit Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at Harvard, to elucidate how the jellyfish body creates flows and eddies useful for pumping, propulsion, and feeding. In this video, the team explains how and why they developed a technology that turns silicone rubber and lab-grown muscle tissue into jellyfish-like fluid pumps and swimmers, advancing the design of muscular pumps for biomedical applications. Video by Janna Nawroth. Produced by Caltech and Harvard University.
Also, click here to check out our work on jellyfish fluid dynamics in a special issue of Biology Letters on control and dynamics of animal movement.
Last modified: May 20th, 2013