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.
Mechanics of Wet Flatulence
We are studying the mechanics and acoustics of flatulence and wet flatulence. 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, Charles Finn
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, Joey W., Robert Z., Dongjing He, Yuhang Hu
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)