Professor John M. Gosline; B.A., California (Berkeley); Ph.D. Duke
My personal interests initially dealt with the mechanics of elastic arteries and the physical chemistry of elastic proteins. Currently, this work on elastic arteries is focused on the analysis of the fatigue lifetime of arterial elastin under vibrational loading and the mechanics of the central circulation of the fin whale.
More recently, the lab has become interested in the mechanical design of structural systems that can be characterized as being exceptionally sitff, strong or tough. We believe that the study of structures such as the horse's hoof, hagfish slime, spider's silks and fish skin will provide insights into design principles that can be applied to other natural and man-made systems.