Biofluids Research

I am interested in theoretical, experimental, and numerical studies of fluid mechanics in environmental, ecological, and biological systems. I am currently studying biofluids, biomechanics, cell migration, and animal locomotion.


  • PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • expected graduation: May 2023
  • interests: material characterization of biofluids, animal bioacoustics, energetics of cell migration, biota/sediment inteactions in the seabed


I develop physical and numerical models of biological and environmental phenomena. My goal is to make my research accessible so that anyone can reproduce it without the need for expensive lab materials.


Physics of Flatulence

We are studying the mechanics and acoustics of flow through the anus, including flatulence, wet flatulence, and defecation. Our study has led us through some fun experiments, such as constructing a "fart" machine and testing the material properties of a whoopee cushion. Our goal is to help advance noninvasive diagnostic methods of rectal and bowel disease.

Our work has been presented at the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the regional meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (rSICB).


Mechanics of Earwax

We are studying the chemical and mechanical properties of earwax and its biological applications. Using atomic force microscopy, rheometers, and universal testing machines, we are developing a material characterization of this sticky and often smelly biofluid. Our goal is to shed light on the mechanisms that help protect the ear canal, and help develop tools to prevent ear infections and disease.

Our work has been presented at the Society of Rheology (SoR) and rSICB.


Numerical Methods for Unsteady River Models

During my time as a MS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I studied the numerical schemes commonly used to solve the Saint-Venant equations and developed software for visualization and use of hydraulic models. I used my work to validate research performed at the Ven Te Chow Hydroystems Lab for the Chicago Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP).

Research Assistants

Current Members

  • Nelson Jiang
  • Luke Maran

Lab Alumni

  • Krys Quiroz (Fall 2021)
  • Charles Finn (Spring, Summer, Fall 2021)
  • Joseph Walter (Summer 2021)
  • Robert Zhang (Summer 2021)
  • Miguel Zadorosny (Fall 2020)