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, 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", Sci. Rep., 8,10728, (2018).
  • J. Dauparas, D. Das and E. Lauga, "Helical micropumps near surfaces", Biomicrofluidics, 12, 014108 (2018).
  • D. Das and D. Saintillan, "Electrohydrodynamics of viscous drops in strong electric  fields: Numerical simulations", J. Fluid Mech., 829 127-152 (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", Nat. Comm., 6 7470 (2015).