Public Lecture by Lydia Bourouiba (MIT)

20 Jul 2023, by ablahatherell in Events

2 September 2022

Part of the Fry Conference Series

School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK

Fluids and Health: From Applications to Fundamentals

Lydia Bourouiba, The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

The fundamental mechanisms governing disease transmission of and contamination by most pathogens remain poorly understood. This is particularly true for respiratory diseases, but also for many other diseases.  Fluid processes and physical laws at various scales combined with biological and physiological processes are key in filling this gap. Professor Bourouiba will discuss how fluids and their dynamics are critical in shaping pathogen transport. She will present an overview of her approach, combining theory and experiments, and fundamental challenges in modelling and quantification that emerge for the fluid physics class of problems pertinent to contamination and disease transmission in a range of public health systems.

About the speaker: Lydia Bourouiba is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where she directs The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory. Her research and contributions in 2020 led to a newer understanding of respiratory emission dynamics and had implications for mask and respiratory design, social distancing recommendations, and other public health interventions during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. She was elected to the 2022 Class of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The AIMBE recognizes Fellows for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation.

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