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Fluids Lab

Learning from Nature,
Engineering solutions to control flow and transport

Welcome to the Bio-inspired fluid flow lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

We’re interested in deciphering the principles that govern interactions between fluids and soft matter. We aim to develop new technologies to sense, characterize, and control transport in complex environments.

We rely on advanced experimental techniques to study biological systems and behavior. We also develop and characterize bioinspired systems. We perform numerical simulations and develop theoretical models to rationalize and generalize our results. 


We currently focus on three topics: (1) fluid-soft matter interactions, (2) injection in soft matter, and (3) transport of complex fluids. To learn more about our activities, please contact us or, better yet, visit! 

We are committed to creating and maintaining a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. We believe that diversity unlocks creativity and is an essential part of our lab’s culture. We are dedicated to recruiting students with a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and beliefs.


Our work on transport through gel-coated tubes, the Gaucho Lung project, is currently on the International Space Station thanks to the NSF-CASIS collaboration! Click here to learn more about our research and the rest of the research that traveled to the ISS on SpaceX CRS-29.

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