Focusing on the interface of fluid dynamics and epidemiology, the Bourouiba Group aims to elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms shaping the transmission dynamics of pathogens in human, animal, and plant populations where drops, bubbles, multiphase and complex flows are at the core.
Key topics of research in the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory include:
- Interfacial flows: bubbles, drops and films
- Fluid fragmentation and droplet formation
- Turbulence and multiphase flows
- Mixing, transport, and pathogen deposition and contamination
- Hydrodynamic instabilities and waves
- Viscoelastic and biological fluids
- Contact dynamics and pathogen transport and disease transmission in epidemiololgy
- Nosocomial diseases, respiratory diseases, waterborne diseases, and foliar diseases
- Disease transmission and contamination in indoor environments, including hospitals.
We use a combination of theoretical (applied mathematics, including differential equations, linear algebra, nonlinear dynamics, waves and stability) and experimental approaches (flow visualization, high speed imaging techniques, microscopy, image processing) to elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms of transmission of nosocomial diseases, respiratory diseases, waterborne diseases, and foliar diseases where fluids are ubiquitous and to design and formulate new control strategies.