Students and Staff

Current Students

Karthik Menon (Ph.D.)
I work on Aeroelastic Flutter, which means I spend my time observing cylinders, airfoils (and shapes in between) as they bob up-and-down while producing interesting vortex wake patterns. The aim of my work is to understand this dynamical behaviour from a Fluids-Structure Interaction perspective, and possibly control or enhance these oscillations according to the application. About me: I grew up in Bangalore, India, and joined FPCL in 2016. I love reading, travelling and am a huge basketball buff.


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.


Hansong Liu (M.S.)
I am a M.S. student who joined FPCL in fall 2019. I am a big fan of road vehicles and aircrafts. My research interest is in achieving better flow control. I work to model the air flow over an airfoil and to investigate the effects of synthetic jet actuation on aeroelastic flutter of the airfoil.


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.


Ji Zhou (M.S.)
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.


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.