Co-director, Laboratory for Complex and Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow
CHBE 209

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.

Selected publications + presentations

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),

Durney, C. H. & Feng, J. J., A three-dimensional vertex model for Drosophila salivary gland invagination. Phys. Biol. 18, 046005 (2021),

Choudhury, A., Dey, M. Dixit, H. N. & Feng, J. J., Tear-film breakup: the role of membrane-associated mucin polymers. Phys. Rev. E 103, 013108 (2021),

Li, L., Zhang, J., Xu, Z, Young, Y.-N., Feng, J. J. & Yue, P., An arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian method for simulating interfacial dynamics between a hydrogel and a fluid. J. Comput. Phys. (in press 2021),

Feng, J. J. & Young, Y.-N., Boundary conditions at a gel-fluid interface. Phys. Rev. Fluids 5, 124304 (2020),