Georgia Institute of Technology

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Graduate students


Yaroslav Vasyliv (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011. After graduation I experimented with a software startup and later decided to leave to pursue graduate school.  I joined the CFMS lab in summer of 2014. My research interests are focused on using smooth particle hydrodynamics to simulate fluid-structural interaction in the cardiovascular system.


Svetoslav Nikolov (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2014. My research focuses on modeling and analyzing responsive polymer networks. I am currently involved with two projects. The first deals with optimizing the swimming performance of a bi-layered hydrogel microswimmer, and the second focuses on developing polymer network models which accurately capture the elastic properties of hydrogel systems. 


Samuel Bowie (PhD student)

I received my BS degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Mississippi in 2015. I joined CFMS in the fall of 2015 with the focus of my research on using computational methods to investigate cellular mechanics. In my project I examine motion of biological cells in microfluidic channels and develop a  comprehensive mechanistic model of the cell to evaluate cell properties.


Yueyi (Diana) Sun (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016. I first joined the lab through undergraduate research program and then decided to continue as a graduate student. My current project focuses on modeling blood clotting, which involves fibrin and platelets interactions. 


Ki Tae Wolf (PhD student)

I received my Bachelors degree in Physics from UC Berkeley in 2013. Afterwards, I received my MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. I joined Dr. Alexeev's group at August 2016. My research focus is on using computational methods to investigate fluid-structure interaction, particularly on biological applications. My current proejct is on studying the physics of lymphatic valve operation.


Ersan Demirer (PhD student)

After receiving two MS degrees from the ENSEEIHT (France) and Georgia Tech, I joined CFMS group in the fall of 2017. My research interests are numerical simulations of fluid interactions of biomimetic smart materials. 


Fatima Chrit (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Fluid Mechanics from ENSEEIHT (France) and my MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. I joined Dr Alexeev’s group in the spring of 2018. My research interests focus on the use of lattice Boltzmann method to investigate the relationship between cell mechanical properties and cell behavior in the biological systems.

Former graduate students

Matthew Ballard (PhD)

Thesis: Magnetically Actuated Microfluidic Mixing and Particle Capture

Peter Yeh (PhD)

Thesis: Fast and efficient locomotion using oscillating flexible plates

Zachary Mills (PhD)

Thesis: Transport Processes in Wavy Walled Channels

Wenbin Mao (PhD)

Thesis: Modeling particle suspensions using lattice Boltzmann method

Hassan Masoud (PhD)

Thesis: Polymer networks: modeling and applications

Alex Kilimnik (MS)

Thesis: Modeling inertial drift of compliant particles

Rajat Ghosh (MS)

Thesis: Designing oscillating cilia for regulating particle motion in microfluidic devices

Former undergraduate students

John Arata

Daniel Debruler

Katherine Bischoff

Jaclyn Branscomb

Benjamin Bingham

Brian Johnston

Basat Aziz

Sayeh Ronald Diggs

Katherine Polhemus

Tsz (Ethan) Li

Yunji Gu

Hong Chen

Tapan Shah

Ayuko Morikawa

Monique Chang

Samuel Beckworth

Shivam Verma

Changxuan Zhao

Osazuwa Edokpolo

Puja De

Vontravis Monts

Yuanda Li

Camila Sato

Won Sup (Michael) Song

Tiago Boavida

Wei Zhao

Michael Spadaro


Former visiting students

Carina Semmler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

Guangyuan Jin (Jiangnan University, China)