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Petia Vlahovska

Associate Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics (and by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road, Rm. M456
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

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Research Interests

Mathematical modeling of physical and biological systems. Currently I work on problems in membrane biophysics (biomembrane electromechanics and stability, thermal shape fluctuations), complex systems and soft matter (emergent phenomena and self-organization in active matter, directed assembly, nonlinear particle dynamics). I also direct the Applied Math Lab.

Selected Publications

    Q. Brosseau and P. M. Vlahovska, “Equatorial streaming of a drop in an electric field”, Physical Review Letters 119: 034501 (2017) 

    P. M. Vlahovska “Electrohydrodynamic instabilities of viscous drops” Physical Review fluids   1: 060504   (2016) 

    K. Yeo, E. Lushi and P. M. Vlahovska “Collective dynamics in a binary mixture of hydrodynamically coupled microrotors”, Physical Review Letters 114: 188301 (2015)

    X. Li, P.M. Vlahovska, G. Em Karniadakis “Continuum- and particle-based modeling of shapes and dynamics of red blood cell in health and disease “, Soft Matter, 9: 28 - 37 (2013)

    P. M. Vlahovska, T. Podgorski and C. Misbah "Vesicles and red blood cells: from individual dynamics to rheology”  Comptes Rendus Physique 10:775–789 (2009)

    P. M. Vlahovska, R. S. Gracia, S. Aranda and R. Dimova,  “Electrohydrodynamic model of vesicle deformation in alternating electric fields “, Biophysical Journal, 96:4789-4803 (2009)