Dr Debasish Das


  • 2016-present: Research Associate (post-doc), DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2013-2016: Ph.D., University of California, San-Diego, USA
  • 2012-2013: Ph.D. candidate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • 2010-2012: M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • 2009-2010: G.E.T. (Graduate Engineering Trainee), Research and Development: Engines, Mahindra and Mahindra, Nashik, India
  • 2005-2009: B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology), National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India


Debasish works in the Biological Physics & Mechanics group under the supervision of Dr. Eric Lauga at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. His research interests include complex fluids, microfluidics, multiphase flows, electrohydrodynamics, active matter, locomotion of microorganisms and boundary element methods.

Selected Publications

  • D. Das and E. Lauga, "Active particles powered by Quincke rotation in a bulk fluid", Physical Review Letters to appear (2019).
  • H. Xu, J. Dauparas, D. Das, E. Lauga and Y. Wu, "Long-range self-organization and fluid transport in bacterial colonies", Nature Communications to appear (2019).
  • D. Das and E. Lauga, '"Computing the motor torque of Escherichia coli", Soft Matter, 14, 5955-5967 (2018).
  • E. E. Riley*, D. Das* and E. Lauga, "Swimming of peritrichous bacteria is enabled by an elastohydrodynamic instability", Scientific Reports, 8, 10728 (2018).
  • J. Dauparas, D. Das and E. Lauga, "Helical micropumps near surfaces", Biomicrofluidics 12(1), 014108 (2018).
  • D. Das and D. Saintillan, "Electrohydrodynamics of viscous drops in strong electric  fields: Numerical simulations", Journal of Fluid Mechanics 829, 127-152 (2017).
  • D. Das and D. Saintillan, "A nonlinear small-deformation theory for transient droplet electrohydrodynamics", Journal of Fluid Mechanics 810, 225-253 (2017).
  • A. Bricard, J.-B. Caussin, D. Das, C. Savoie, V. Chikkadi, K. Shitara, O. Chepizhko, F. Peruani, D. Saintillan, D. Bartolo, "Emergent vortices in populations of colloidal rollers", Nature Communications 6, 7470 (2015).
  • D. Das and D. Saintillan, "Electrohydrodynamic interaction of spherical particles under Quincke rotation", Physical Review E 87, 043014 (2013).