Dr. Laura Elizabeth Bagge
University of CA Irvine
laura.elizabeth.bagge AT gmail.com
I am an integrative biologist interested in how the ultrastructure of tissues influences their optical properties, and more specifically, how these optical properties relate to morphological and physiological mechanisms of camouflage in animals. I use an interdisciplinary approach by applying techniques in biophotonics to understand how certain organisms change color or render their bodies transparent.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Gorodetsky Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California Irvine. I completed a PhD in Biology in Sönke Johnsen’s lab at Duke University.
November 2017: New publication out in Journal of Experimental Biology
Very excited to make the cover!
Read my paper: Transparent anemone shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni) become opaque after exercise and physiological stress in correlation with increased hemolymph perfusion.
Watch a cool micro-CT scan of one of the shrimp!
Read Elizabeth Pennisi's write-up in Science about this work from when I first presented the results at SICB 2016.