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C David Williams


NSF Postdoctoral Researcher
Biewener Lab, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Concord Field Station
100 Old Causeway Road
Bedford, MA 01730

Email: cdave@uw.edu
Phone: (781) 275-1725 ext.107

I'm Dave Williams. I work on understanding the control of biological motion, scaling from the molecular dynamics of individual motor molecules to the kinematics of animal movement. I’ve created models of muscle that incorporated often ignored aspects of motor protein structure. These models showed us how muscle’s geometric properties control the force it generates. Now I’m looking at how this force is used to control the movement of birds in flight in the Biewener Lab at the Concord Field Station.

Many of my experiments involve large-scale Monte Carlo simulations which require a large amount of computer time. They’re accomplished using Python and Amazon's cloud computing environment. Before joining the Field Station, I spent my graduate time in the Regnier and Daniel labs at the University of Washington in Seattle.