Mr Justas Dauparas

Career

  • 2014 - Present: PhD Student, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2013 - 2014: Part III Mathematics (MMath), University of Cambridge
  • 2010 - 2013: Undergraduate Mathematical Tripos (BA), University of Cambridge

Research

Justas is a member of the Biophysics and Mechanics research group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. His supervisor is Dr Eric Lauga. He has worked on a number of projects.

  • The chiral flows around bacterial swarms generated by moving flagellar filaments. These flows are important for quorum sensing bacteria as a communication mechanism.
  • Asymptotic analysis of a flow due to a point force in a 3D corner domain. Integral transforms and contour integration methods. Experiments in a lab dropping a rigid sphere as an approximation to the point force.
  • Optimal design for helices as micropumps above surfaces. Trapped bacteria can be effectively used for pumping fluid at small scales, or artificial helices can be actuated using a rotating magnetic field.

Justas is applying mathematics to understand physical and biological systems. The PhD is focused on bacterial swimming and swarming near boundaries, micropumps, and optimisation. Other interests: artificial intelligence, adaption and learning, reinforcement learning, sports bio-mechanics.