BIOFLow International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

Dr. Henry C. Astley

Dr. Henry C. Astley

Dr. Henry Astley is currently an Assistant Professor in the Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center at the University of Akron, with research interests in comparative biomechanics and bio-inspired robotics, particularly the locomotion of snakes, frogs, and early tetrapods. He originally studied Aerospace Engineering, getting his B.S. from Florida Institute of Technology in 2001, before switching to biology at the University of Cincinnati, where he got a second B.S and an M.S in biology (2005 & 2008) while working on arboreal snake locomotion.  Dr. Astley studied elastic mechanisms in frog jumping during his Ph.D. at Brown University (2013), followed by post-doctoral work at Georgia Institute of Technology on sidewinding locomotion in snakes.

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Assistant Professor
Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center
Department of Biology & School of Polymer Science
University of Akron
235 Carroll St.
Akron OH 44325