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Biological Fluid Dynamics

People specializing in this area

Academic/PI

Prof Holger Babinsky

 

Swimming/flying

    • flapping wing aerodynamics, low Reynolds number lift production

Prof Mike Cates

 

Capsule/cell dynamics

    • cytoskeletal locomotion; cell crawling

Micro-organism dynamics

    • collective motion of self-propelled organisms in fluids

Propulsion

    • coupling of fluid motion to chemotaxis and other taxes

Dr Pietro Cicuta

 

Membranes

    • experiments on multicomponent lipid bilayers, involving diffusion and phase separation of lipid domains

Micro-organism dynamics

    • motility of algae and bacteria

Propulsion

    • particularly mechanisms of motion linked to motile cilia in eukaryotes; also model experiments on scallop theorem using driven colloidal particles.

Pulmonary fluid mechanics

    • how flows in mucrociliary tissues are driven by collective beating of cilia; rheology of pulmonary surfactant, and properties of mucus

Dr Stephen Cowley

 

Blood flow

    • Flow in larger arteries

Dr Otti Croze

 

Bioconvection

    • sheared bioconvection of swimmer suspensions

Micro-organism dynamics

    • differential dynamic microscopy of swimming algae

Dr Adrian Fisher

 

Flow-vessel interactions

    • microbial fuel cells for energy recovery in anaerobic digesters

Prof Ray Goldstein

 

Bioconvection

    • chemotaxis, buoyancy effects, quorum sensing

Membranes

    • shear driven flows in membranes

Micro-organism dynamics

    • swimming, chemotaxis, phototaxis, flagellar synchronisation

Dr Ulrich Keyser

 

Blood flow

    • low-Reynolds numbers flows inside channels

Capsule/cell dynamics

    • low-Reynolds numbers flows inside and around channels

Membranes

    • transport and flows through channels

Dr Eric Lauga

 

Biomedical flows

    • blood and capsules

Membranes

    • cellular flows near membranes

Micro-organism dynamics

    • bacteria; cilia; spermatozoa - theory and numerics [bulk of my activity]

Propulsion

    • both low and high Re

Swimming/flying

    • both low and high Re

Prof Nigel Peake

 

Swimming/flying

    • silent flight of owls

Dr Eric Rees

 

Capsule/cell dynamics

    • super-resolution analysis of cell geometry; ellipsoid localisation microscopy

Micro-organism dynamics

    • single fluorescent protein tracking; virus tracking.

Prof Ian Wilson

 

Flow-vessel interactions