The Liao Lab is interested in the biomechanical and neural mechanisms of how animals interact with their environment, specifically how fishes sense flow and swim. We like to ask questions inspired by the natural history of the animal, and then choose techniques to test hypotheses in the most direct manner possible. We adopt an experimental approach to understanding ecologically relevant behaviors, and welcome students and collaborators from a diversity of backgrounds that view the aquatic world through the lenses of engineering, neuroscience, and evolution.
We are part of The Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience, an institute of the University of Florida, Gainesville. We are members of the Biology Department, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History (NYC), and the Clayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering.