(Portland, Ore.)—What began as a simple question—“What makes geckos stick?”—has led Kellar Autumn, associate professor of biology, on a journey toward scientific discoveries with myriad applications. The result of more than 15 years of independent and collaborative research, Autumn’s discoveries about adhesion are inspiring innovative ideas and emerging technologies for products as diverse as rock climbing shoes and automotive braking systems. Building on Autumn’s research, scientists at MIT have developed a new adhesive that can be used in medical procedures. Read about the latest innovation and Autumn’s role featured at BBC and MSNBC.
UPDATE: Explore this interactive map to learn more about Autumn’s work and see how his research has crisscrossed the globe.