Complex Fluids and Flows in Mathematical Biology
Monday, June 14 at 5:45pm (PDT)Tuesday, June 15 at 01:45am (BST)Tuesday, June 15 09:45am (KST)
Calina Copos (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA), Tony Gao (Michigan State University, USA), On Shun Pak (Santa Clara University, USA), Yuan-nan Young (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
Biological fluid environments often display highly complex characteristics due to the presence of microstructure formed by suspensions of passive and/or active components such as proteins, microtubules, or self-propelled particles that interact with a flow. The complexity of these biological fluids and flows poses challenges to the mathematical description of the physics governing the biological processes. Continuing developments of mathematical and numerical tools have enabled the studies of biological processes involving complex fluid environments. This mini-symposium will focus on recent advances in this vibrant field of research. Topics include the impacts of complex rheology and heterogeneity of the fluid environments on various biological processes (e.g., cell motility, mucus transport) as well as novel emergent dynamics of active fluids. Fundamental insights gained from these complex biological flows will improve human understanding of important biological processes, diseases, and thereby the development of new therapies to improve health outcomes.