Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
Our research activities revolve around transport phenomena and biological soft matter physics. In particular, we are interested in the dynamics of biological/non-biological colloids at out-of-equilibrium conditions, which has implications in the locomotion of microbes. We also study the dynamics of lipid vesicles with applications to targeted drug delivery and release.
We are interested in how dissolved chemicals influence the individual and collective motion of bacteria. With the help of other members of C-MAIKI, I look forward to elucidate how bacteria form colonies and biofilms in various natural settings.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
Related to the colloid dynamics, we study an energy-efficient method for separating bacteria and viruses from wastewater, which is important in water-scarce regions such as Hawaii.