The Nishikawa Lab

Jenna A. Monroy

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate and Teaching Faculty

Education:B.Sc. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA), Ph.D. (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ)

Technique specialties: Kinematics & EMG, Neurophysiology, High-speed imaging and Histology

Current research: Jenna's research integrates muscle mechanics and neurobiology to study how movements are generated. Jenna is currently involved in two projects in the Nishikawa lab.
     Viscoelastic properties of active muscle
     Active muscles behave like non-linear, load-dependent springs. In this study, we developed a model to describe the spring properties of muscle under different loading regimes.
     Neural control of ballistic tongue projection in frogs
     Ballistic tongue projection in frogs requires precise coordination between the mouth and tongue. This study investigates the sensory feedback necessary to execute this movement.
Research Interests: The overall goal of Jenna's research is to understand the role of the nervous system in animal behavior from sensory processing to motor output. Jenna's research interests draw from topics in neurobiology, neuroethology, muscle physiology, animal behavior, evolution and behavioral ecology. Over the years, she has studied echolocation and communication in bats, neural control of tongue movements in frogs, and mechanisms of lung ventilation in aquatic salamanders.

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