Emilie Dressaire
Assistant Professor

Emilie Dressaire received her undergraduate degree in Physics and Chemical Engineering from ESPCI (France) and her master degree in Biophysics from the University of Paris. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University in 2009. During her graduate studies, she worked on shaping fluid-fluid interfaces through capillary, elastic, and gravitational effects. She went on to become a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University (Canada). After being a faculty member at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a Research Scientist at CNRS (France), she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCSB.

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Jae Hyung Cho
Post Doc

Jae received his bachelor’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and master’s degree and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. During his PhD, Jae worked on developing physical models for the rheology of colloidal gels and dense suspensions based on their microscopic structure and dynamics. For his postdoctoral training, he is exploring ways to control complex flows of complex fluids in 3D printing.

Sri Savya Tanikella
PhD student

Savya is a first year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Her undergraduate research was in fields ranging from combustion to fuel cells to Low Reynolds number flows, with the common thread being fluid mechanics. At UCSB, she works on fluid-structure interactions.

Savya was born and raised in a south-eastern coastal city in India. In her free time, you can find her at the beach or in her room dancing with a hula-hoop. She also enjoys cooking but her food is practically inedible.

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Sara Gonzalez
PhD student

Sara Gonzalez is a first-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate course in micro and nanoscale engineering sparked her interest in microfluidics, which Sara is excited to pursue at UCSB. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading. She is currently making her way down the list of top fantasy series.

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Trinh Huynh
PhD student

Trinh received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics at Clark University. His undergraduate research was in the forms and locomotion of inertial magnetoelastic swimmers in granular sediments. At UCSB, he studies capillary actions in gel-coated imbibition cells and tubes. Trinh was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In his free time, He likes to take his camera around and take photos of nature and architecture. He also enjoys learning and cooking new dishes every weekend.

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Lea Blanc
Summer Graduate Intern

Lea is studying physics, chemistry, and bioengineering at ESPCI Paris in France, with a major in fluid mechanics and soft matter. For her 3-month internship at the lab, she is working on two projects related to the injection of fluids in gels. The first one focuses on the injection in homogeneous alginate gels. The second one concerns co-flows with monodisperse emulsions in microfluidic devices. 

In her free time, she enjoys riding her yellow bike all around Santa Barbara, cooking and trying to get better at surfing.

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Marie Sigallon
Summer Graduate Intern

Marie is completing her capstone internship, working on fluid-structure interactions with Savya. She will graduate next October from the French engineering school ECPM, European School of Chemistry,  Polymers and Materials Science. Her studies in Strasbourg were in the fields of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering.

After the past years of public health crisis and lockdowns, Marie did not hesitate for a second to leave France and to experience Californian life at UCSB. She feels at home again under the sun of Santa Barbara as she comes from Marseilles, a Mediterranean city in Provence in the south of France. 

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Brandon Lopez
Summer Undergraduate Intern

Brandon is a UC LEADs scholar studying in the BIFF lab while also completing his last

semester of his undergraduate Bioengineering degree at University of California,

Merced. His focus after graduation is toward specializing in the prosthetic field. At

UCSB, his summer research project was on the topic of capillary actions in gel-coated


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