Micro-biofluiddynamics

1851 Fellow, University of Cambridge
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


Fluid interactions are ubiquitous in the natural world; all organisms must find strategies to generate, utilise or resist flow in order to be successful. My research is focused on developing mathematical and computational tools to understand microscopic biological flows. I have recently been awarded a research fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to examine the theoretical foundations of biomedical microrobots. Biomedical microrobots are devices that promise a future of minimally invasive medicine by performing microscale tasks within the human body. This project will use mathematical modelling to understand the effects of confinement, pulsing blood flow and sticky mucus environments on microrobots' ability to self-propel, using simulations to optimise and inform design. The work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from mathematics, statistical physics, biology and continuum mechanics. My mentor for this fellowship is Dr Eric Lauga.