Seminar "Modelling of in-vivo blood flow and in-vitro microfluidics for healthcare applications" Timm Krueger


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 13:30


D015 (Level D, Lab1)


Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics (Shen) Unit would like to invite you to the seminar by Prof. Timm Krueger on Sep 25th (Wednesday).
Date: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019
Time: 13:30-14:30
Venue: D015 (Level D, Lab 1)


Professor Timm Krueger
University of Edinburgh


Modelling of in-vivo blood flow and in-vitro microfluidics for healthcare applications


Suspensions of soft particles, in particular blood, play a crucial role in healthcare diagnostics and treatment. For example, the relative amount of blood cells and their deformability carry important information about the health/disease condition of a subject. Furthermore, modern healthcare aims at the separation of bacteria and circulating tumour cells from blood to make fast, cheap and reliable diagnoses. Unfortunately, microfluidic cell and particle separation is extremely challenging to understand and predict.
The mechanisms behind the dynamics of cells and particles in dense suspensions are notoriously difficult to investigate experimentally. Simulations offer complementary insight since they enable the observation of effects on the particle level, and different mechanisms can be studied in isolation.
In my talk I will give an overview of the modelling and simulation of blood flow and microfluidics in my group. This includes the investigation of blood flow in complex networks (such as the retina), the separation of particles in deterministic lateral displacement devices, and the mechanisms behind inertial microfluidics.


Timm Krüger is Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh where he started his independent research career in 2013. He has a background in cosmology (diploma in physics in 2007) and computational physics (PhD in physics in 2011). Since 2008, Timm has employed the lattice-Boltzmann method to simulate blood flow and other microfluidic problems, such as particle separation. This led to the publication of the Springer textbook "The Lattice-Boltzmann Method" and the award of a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant in 2018. Timm's plan is to continue blood flow modelling and to intensify his research in inertial microfluidics. He is particularly interested in expanding his experimental collaborations in these fields.


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