Sam Van Wassenbergh

Post-doctoral researcher

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About Sam Van Wassenbergh

I worked as a postdoctoral fellow of the fund for scientific research Flanders-Belgium (FWO-Vl) from 2006 until September 2012 at the Laboratory for Functional Morphology at the University of Antwerp and then until september 2015 as a post-doctoral assistent at Ghent University in the laboratory of Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates, where the evolution of form and function in vertebrate musculo-skeletal systems is studied.  From July 2016 until 2019, I worked as a post-doc in the FUNEVOL research group at the Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle.  From July 2019, I am working again full-time at the FunMorph lab in Antwerp.  My research maily focuses on the biomechanics of the feeding apparatus in fishes.  I am particularly intrigued by the large diversity in cranial morphology in this group of animals.  The most common strategy for fish to capture prey is by generating suction.  They do this by rapidly increasing the volume of the mouth cavity, thereby drawing water and prey towards, and into the mouth.  Although many fish species share this strategy to capture prey, evolution has resulted in a tremendous variation in the size, shape, and mechanical properties of the individual elements composing the complex heads of suction feeding fish.  Understanding why we see such large morphological diversity in the feeding systems of suction feeders, despite that they are all subject to the same physical laws, is the overall goal of my research. My current research at the Univeristy of Antwerp is framed within an interdisciplinary project on the development of locomotion in newborn piglets.  For this project, I coordinate the usage of biplanar high-speed x-ray videos: the 3D2YMOX system.

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