Madhusudhan Venkadesan

Madhu is an Associate Professor (term) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and the Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology at Yale. He studies Biomechanics and Control, specifically the role of mechanical design to solve control problems, with applications in biomedical sciences, evolutionary biology and robotics.

Postdoctoral Associates

Yue Guan

Yue is a postdoc associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University in 2019 and previously worked as a postdoc associate at Texas Tech University. Her research interests lie in nonlinear dynamics, structural stability, and computational mechanics. And her current project focuses on mathematical modeling and mechanical analysis of fish fins.

Erynn Johnson

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Erynn is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale. She earned her PhD in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania (2020) and her B.S. in the Science of Earth Systems at Cornell University (2015). Her research is focused on using experimental approaches to understand the evolution of mollusk shell strength over deep time.

Graduate Students

Dan Rivera

Dan Rivera is a graduate student in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale. Previously, he developed a bio-inspired linear systems model of muscle contraction and implemented this model as a control system for a commercially available powered lower limb prosthesis. His current research interests include the study of muscle as a material, mathematical biology, and the intersection of biological physics and human rehabilitation. Dan received an Associates in Applied Science from Coconino Community College (2016) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Biology from Northern Arizona University (2020).

Undergraduate Students

Dan Huynh

Dan is an undergraduate student at Yale, where he is a member of Trumbull College, a Biomedical Engineering major, and a Midshipman in Yale’s Navy ROTC program. In the past, he has worked as an intern at the United States Military Academy’s Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, where he assisted with a postural control study. Most recently, he served as a Performance Science Intern with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he helped operate and apply various technologies in an effort to prevent injuries and optimize on-field player performance.  His assigned Rays affiliate team, the FCL Rays, were the 2021 Florida Complex League Champions. He is extremely interested in sports biomechanics, especially baseball biomechanics.

Cassie Clement

Cassie Clement is an undergraduate student at Yale seeking a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is in Morse College, and a Yale Gymnastics Team athlete. Previously, she worked at General Dynamic Electric Boat in both sustainment/human engineering using anthropometrics and ergonomics. Cassie has a passion for helping others and the medical field, and is interested in medical devices and biomechanics.

Collaborators and mentors

* Co-author on paper(s), grant(s), or both.

Lab alumni


  • Carolyn Eng - Research Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
  • Vandana Phadke - Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, India
  • Dhiraj Singh - Postdoctoral Scholar, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Aisa Biria

Ph.D. students

Post-baccalaureate Researchers

  • Aparna Nair-Kanneganti - Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program
  • Akshay Srinivasan - PhD student, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Surabhi Simha - PhD student, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Masters students

  • Vishaal Krishnan - PhD student, University of California, San Diego

Undergraduate students

  • Yale: Eric Chan, Lucinda Peng (PhD at Georgia Tech), A. Michael West (PhD at MIT), Claire Huebner (Synectic Medical Product Development), Petter Wehlin (ARIX Technologies), Alexander Lee (UPenn), Lucia Korpas (PhD at UPenn), Katherine Li, Dante Archaengeli, Xuan Truc-Nguyen (PhD at UCSD), Jeffrey Gau (PhD at Georgia Tech), Robert Loweth (PhD at UMich, Ann Arbor), Daniel Pfaff (BS at Worcester Polytechnic), Sarah Weil, Bernardo Saravia, Henrik Hartmann, Daniel Pfaff, Betsy Li, Megan Perkins, Stephanie Silin.
  • NCBS: Kishan Kishan (PhD at NYU), Radha Nayak, Evan John Philip, Archishman Raju, Anirban Mukherjee, Harsha Vardhan Dasarathy, Prashanth Srinivasan, Aravinda Ramakrishnan, Prashanthi Ravi, Jennifer Chang, Sumanth Dathathri (PhD at Caltech).

(High) School students

  • Yale: Nick Monteiro
  • NCBS: Ranjini Narayanan