Principal Investigator

Lydia Bourouiba

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science                           

77 Massachusetts Ave
Building  1-363B
Cambridge, MA 02139


Physical applied mathematician focusing on problems at the interface of fluid dynamics and disease transmission with the aim of elucidating the fundamental physical mechanisms shaping the epidemiology and disease transmission dynamics in human, animal and plant populations.

With a doctoral research focused on the theoretical and numerical study of rotating homogeneous turbulence and a subsequent postdoctoral research focused on the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and epidemiology, the focus of the Bourouiba Group is to elucidate the poorly understood mechanisms of disease transmission through the lens of fluid dynamics.


Timothée Jamin
Postdoctoral Fellow
Maxime Inizan
Graduate Student
Yongji Wang
PhD Candidate
Nicole Bustos
Graduate Student
Sophie Lejeune
PhD Candidate


Co-supervised with Prof. Tristan Gilet

Boris Naar
Affiliate Student
Raj Dandekar
Graduate Student
Jia Su
MSc. Student
Baptiste Lafoux
Graduate Student (visiting)
Stephane Poulain
Graduate Student

Former lab members or students supervised

Emma Rutkowski
Youngsoo Joung
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ani Chilingirian
UROP|Math & Pre-meds
Eline Dehandschoewercker
Now faculty in Classes Preparatoires - France.
Budmonde Duinkharjav
UROP freshman |Math-Physics


William Durieux
now graduate student at Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers ParisTech, France.
Claire Lu
Affiliate Researcher
Julia Longmate
Tyler Pleasant
Samantha Hartzell
Senior CEE Capstone, now graduate student at Duke University
Julia Klinkert
Undergraduate student - Delft University of Technology
Elaine Kung
Undergraduate, Senior CEE Capstone
Max Louyot
Graduate Student (visiting)
James Roggeveen
UROP - MechE
Sasha Teslya
now PhD Candidate in Mathematics at Macmaster University, Canada
Eric Tu