Students and Staff

Current Students

Shantanu Bailoor (Ph.D.)
I joined FPCL in Spring 2017 and I work on simulating blood flow in idealized and patient-specific models of the human aorta. I have helped develop reduced order models for native and prosthetic aortic valves and used these in conjunction with machine learning to develop non-invasive continuous monitoring techniques for heart valve function. Presently I am investigating the hemodynamic impact of transcatheter valve replacement on patients with bicuspid aortic valves.
Jessica Degner (D.Eng.)
I am a current employee at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in the Precision Strike, Advanced Weapon Systems group, and a new addition to the Doctor of Engineering program. The program facilitates collaborative research between employers and JHU. I’m looking forward to applying my technical expertise in electronic packaging into new research opportunities. The focus of my research is to bring cooling to the chip-level in electronics using impingement cooling methods such as synthetic jets and zero net mass flux devices.
Chuanxin Ni (Ph.D.)
I completed my Master’s Thesis research in FPCL and transferred to the Ph.D. program in the summer of 2019. My master’s research focuses on the thrombogenesis and hemodynamics in the patient-specific Left Atrial Appendages (LAA). Now, my Ph.D. project is about the ultrasonic acoustic wave generation in the larynx of bats. Specifically, I will investigate the relationship between the anatomical structures of bats’ larynx and the ultrasound generation by simulations.Email: [email protected]
Sharun Kuhar (Ph.D.)
I am interested in biological and environmental applications of fluid mechanics. I joined FPCL in 2020, and I am currently working on gastro-intestinal biomechanics. In the past, I have studied thick slurry flow in mining industries, linear stability analysis of flow past a square cylinder at different blockage ratios, and mechanics of high-fiber-count optical fiber cables.
Sushrut Kumar (Ph.D.)
I Joined FPCL in Spring 2021. Currently, I am working towards investigating the flow around flying Bats using computational tools to build deeper insight into biological flight control. Previously, I have used soft computing and developed data-driven tools for various engineering applications revolving around Fluid Dynamics.
Suryansh Prakhar (Ph.D.)
I joined FPCL in summer 2021. My PhD research will involve studying flow around rotors, specifically tracking vortices around the rotor and developing a computational model to find the contribution of different vortices and their interaction on aerodynamic forces and aeroacoustic noise. Before joining FPCL, I worked under Dr. Prosperetti on a project which focused on the effect of falling particles on the onset of instability in Rayleigh-Bénard convection.
Ji Zhou (Ph.D.)
I am interested in and studied the rupture mechanism of intracranial aneurysms during my undergrad. Glad to join FPCL in 2020 to continue exploring it using CFD techniques. Seeking a more comprehensive understanding and bringing my contribution to this topic.
Ziyu Wang (M.S.)
I joined FPCL in 2020 as a master student. I earned my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at University of Toronto. My research focuses on CFD modeling of cardiovascular blood flows.
Zhecheng Liu (M.S.)
I joined the FPCL in Fall 2021 to start my Master’s thesis research. I am interested in exploring properties of biological flows by CFD techniques, so that’s the reason why I join FPCL. I hope I can find more interesting things during my future research.
Hojun Lee (B.S. ‘22)
I am a JHU undergraduate student majoring in Engineering Mechanics. I joined FPCL in December 2020 and I am interested in the application of computational fluid mechanics in medicine. My current research involves the computational simulation of heart sound propagation in virtual human thorax models. I grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and I love watching baseball and breeding beetles.


Research Staff

Jae Ho “Mike” Lee (Post-Doc)
I am a postdoctoral fellow in FPCL. I am interested in computational physiology and medicine in general, and my current research is on modeling gastric biomechanics and gastrointestinal feedback mechanism. I am also a postdoctoral trainee in Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. I received my Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill, working on fluid-structure interaction models of bioprosthetic valves in an in vitro pulse duplicator.
Mostafa Aghaei Jouybari (Post-Doc)
I am a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, co-advised by Professors Rajat Mittal and Charles Meneveau. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in Dec 2020 and B.Sc. Degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineerings from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran) in Jul 2016. My scientific interests are numerical simulation of turbulent flows (DNS/LES/RANS) over rough walls and porous media, compressible flows, high performance computations and machine learning. My current research at the Johns Hopkins University deals with wall modeled LES of flow over roughness and porous media, and utilizing DNS to develop a better understanding of flow physics over these surfaces.
Umair Ismail (Post-Doc)
I joined the FPCL in late August 2021. My research work at JHU will rely on coupled FSI simulations – that leverage a sharp-interface IBM – to (1) model insect flight and (2) understand the spread of airborne infections like COVID-19 when wearing a face mask.Prior to this appointment, I briefly worked at NIST (Gaithersburg) in the Structures Group on LES of ABLs around urban structures. My primary research background is in using eddy-resolving simulations to understand & model turbulent flows of engineering & environmental relevance. These problems include elements of surface roughness, non-equilibrium effects in wall-bounded turbulence, laminar-to-turbulence transition and wind engineering. I have earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology.