Spider Cages

Dr. Jeff Yarger's Magnetic Resonance Research Center

MSTF Team:

Juhi Bhatia bhatia@phxhs.k12.az.us
Annette Fields annette_fields@gilbert.k12.az.us
Scott Greenhalgh sgreenhalgh@tuhsd.k12.az.us
Retta Ward rward@ccusd93.org

Dr. Yarger's research program is interested in understanding the role that local structure and dynamics plays in controlling the physical and mechanical properties of a wide range of technologically and biologically important, but disordered, materials. Systems currently under investigation include spider silk fibers and biopolymers, protein clusters, polyamorphic materials, hydrogen storage complexes, inorganic liquid-crystals, nano-particles and quantum dots, battery and fuel cell materials. Most of this research is highly interdisciplinary and many projects involve collaborations with the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory and with other faculty in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Materials Science, Physics and Molecular Biology. Central to ongoing research is the use and development of solid-state NMR and MRI techniques applied to elucidate local structure and dynamics in disordered materials.


Spider Silk
Anatomy of Spiders
Spider Evolution and Behavior

Protocol to anesthetize