James Feng


Co-director, Laboratory for Complex and Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow

Office: CHBE 209

Email: james.feng@ubc.ca

Website: https://secure.math.ubc.ca/~jfeng/

Research Summary

Dynamics of Complex Fluids, Multiphase and Interfacial Fluid Mechanics, Cell and Tissue Mechanics


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, 1995, Ph.D.

Peking University, Beijing, China, 1988, M.Sc.

Peking University, Beijing, China, 1985, B.Sc.

Research interests + projects

Our group carries out research in three broad areas: mechanics of biological cells and tissues, interfacial fluid dynamics, and mechanics and rheology of complex fluids. Our work has an interdisciplinary flavor, crosscutting applied mathematics, cell biology, soft-matter physics and chemical and biomedical engineering. I advise graduate students in the departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Mathematics, and I am part of the Biomedical Engineering Program and a member of the Math Biology group. Our methodology involves numerical simulations and experiments. Computational work uses local clusters as well as the WestGrid. Much of the experimental work is done at the Laboratory for Complex and Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow.

Awards and honours

CAIMS Research Prize, Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society , 2017

Wall Scholar, Peter Wall Institute , 2015

Canada Research Chair – II , 2014

Fellow, American Physical Society , 2013

NSF Career Award , 2004

Scholarly and professional activities + affiliations

Physical Review Fluids 2019

Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society 2020

Physical Biology 2020

Biomedical Engineering Program, Hong Kong University 2021

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Selected publications + presentations

Xu, Z., Yue, P. & Feng, J. J., Poroelastic modeling reveals the cooperation between two mechanisms for albuminuria. J. R. Soc. Interface 20, 20220634 (2023), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2022.0634

Feng, J. J. & Hedtrich, S., A similarity scaling approach for organ-on-chip devices. Lab Chip 22, 3663-3667 (2022), https://doi.org/10.1039/D2LC00641C

Loudet, J.-C., Choudhury, A., Qiu, M. & Feng, J. J., Particle trapped at the isotropic-nematic liquid crystal interface: Elasto-capillary phenomena and drag forces. Phys. Rev. E 105, 044607 (2022), https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.105.044607

Arefi, S. M. A., Yang, C. W. T., Sin, D. D. & Feng, J. J., A mechanical test of the tenertaxis hypothesis for leukocyte diapedesis. Eur. Phys. J. E 44, 93 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1140/epje/s10189-021-00096-9

Durney, C. H. & Feng, J. J., A three-dimensional vertex model for Drosophila salivary gland invagination. Phys. Biol. 18, 046005 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1088/1478-3975/abfa69