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BIOMECHANICS 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.

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BIOFLUIDS

Mechanics of Wet Flatulence

We have begun a study on flatulence and wet flatulence to better understand the mechanics behind the latter. Our study has led us through some fun experiments, such as constructing a "fart" machine and testing the material properties of a whoopee cushion. Future work will include experiments on mammals. The goal of this project is to aid in the diagnosis of anal muscle weakness, which commonly affects older people.

Our work has been presented as the final project for ME8863 - Special Topics in Fluid Mechanics. This project is in progress.

Collaborators: David Hu (PI), Seth Stewart, Andrew Kent

BIOFLUIDS

Material Properties of Earwax

We are studying the material and mechanical properties of earwax as well as its biological applications. Our work involves mechanical tests, animal trials, physical modeling, and computational modeling. The goal of this project is to understand the mechanisms that help protect the ear canal from insects and dust.

Our work has been presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. We are currently writing a paper with our findings.

Collaborators: David Hu (PI), Charles Finn, Nelson Jiang, Dongjing He, Yuhang Hu

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CELL MIGRATION

Cell Mechanics within a Finite Channel

We are studying unsteady motion of water-driven and actin-driven cell migration. Our work is theoretical and computational and focuses on the mechanics and energetics of single-cell motion. The goal of this project is to develop an analytical model that can be scaled for the study of collective cell migration.

Collaborators: Yizeng Li (PI)

Background

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (expected graduation: 2023)
  • 1 conference presentation
  • 1 fellowship
  • 1 grant awarded

Research Assistants

Nelson Jiang

BS, Mechanical Engineering

Nelson is studying the mechanical properties of earwax and how it helps deter ants.

Charles Finn

BS, Mechanical Engineering

Charles is studying the mechanical properties of earwax and the mechanics of flatulence.

Joey W.

High School Researcher

Joey assists with our experiments and research at the Hu Lab.

Robert Z.

High School Researcher

Robert assists with our experiments and research at the Hu Lab.

Research Alumni

Miguel Zadorosny

BS, Mechanical Engineering

Miguel studied the mechanical properties of earwax and how it helps deter ants. He presented his work at rSICB.

Interested in weird science? Contact me!

We are accepting applications for undergraduate research at the Hu Lab for Biolocomotion (must be a current Georgia Tech student to apply). If you're interested in our work or just want to exchange ideas, feel free to contact me.