Welcome to the Vanapalli Group!  Research interests in the group are diverse, ranging from fundamental investigations in fluid dynamics and biological soft matter to applied problems in medicine and energy.  These research topics are tackled using a combination of high throughput microfluidics, advanced microscopy methods, high content image processing and computational modeling. Check out our research section for a description of specific research projects. We are very open to collaboration, so feel free to reach out to us.


October 12, 2018

Congratulations to Naureen for successfully defending her thesis "Microfluidic manometry and rheology of complex fluids". 


August 19, 2018

Our work on high throughput microfluidic production of alginate fibers is published in Journal of Applied Polymer Science. Congratulations Geetanjali! 


June 21, 2018

Our microfluidic technology for multi-sample deformability cytometry of cancer cells has been featured in APL Bioengineering including a scilight. Congratulations Shamim! 


June 7, 2018

Congratulations to Mehdi for successfully defending his thesis "Hydrodynamics of droplet dislodgement and breakup in confined microfluidic geometries". 


June 5, 2018

Our NemaFlex technology for standardized measurement of muscle strength in C. elegans has been accepted in Lab on a Chip journal.


May 15, 2018

Our microfluidic technology for lifespan and healthspan analysis in C. elegans wins the Innovation Award at the Tech Connect Conference in Anaheim.


April 19, 2018

Prof. Vanapalli receives President's Excellence in Research Professorship! Congratulations Prof. Vanapalli!


April 4, 2018

Congratulations to the worm team for publication in PNAS on roll maneuvers of C. elegans in 3D media!!


March 23, 2018

Congratulations to Jen Hewitt for receiving the Fulbright Scholar award. She will be working in Antebi Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging. We are all thrilled!!


March 20, 2018

Our lab wins the Engineering Safety Champion Award for using best safety practices in research. Kudos to all in the group for creating a safe environment to work in the lab!!


March 2, 2018

Prof. Vanapalli receives a promotion to the rank of Full Professor. Congratulations Prof. Vanapalli!


Feb 14, 2018

Prof. Vanapalli delivers an invited talk on drug testing of cancer cells at the Single Cell Analysis symposium at Molecular-Med TriCon Conference.


Feb 1, 2018

Our paper on hydrodynamic mobility of particles, vesicles and cancer cells has been published in Biomicrofluidics journal. Congratulations Shamim and Naureen!


Jan 16, 2018

Our paper on microfluidic bypass manometry - a new method for making many pressure drop measurements in parallel has been published in Lab on a Chip journal. Congratulations Naureen and Mehdi!


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