Principal Investigator

Lydia Bourouiba

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Faculty
Affiliate Faculty of Harvard Medical School

77 Massachusetts Ave
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.


Yongji Wang
PhD Candidate
Nicole Bustos
Graduate Student
Lauren Cooper
Senior Undergraduate Researcher
Raj Dandekar
PhD Candidate
Claire Lu
Research Affiliate
Souha Elmousadik
Graduate Student
Xioayi Hu
Postdoctoral Associate
Nicholas Kwok
Doctoral Candidate - HST program - MD Thesis
James Lynch
Graduate Student
Rishabh Datta
Graduate Student

Former lab members or students supervised

Timothée Jamin
Postdoctoral Associate
Youngsoo Joung
Postdoctoral Fellow
Xinyu Si
Visiting Graduate Student - Stanford University
Marylore Adler
Visiting Student - École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI)
Maxime Inizan
MIT MSc. Graduate of 2018
Sophie Lejeune
Doctorate, Graduate of 2018


Co-supervised with Prof. Tristan Gilet

Boris Naar
Visiting Graduate Student - Delft University of Technology
Eline Dehandschoewercker
Visiting Student - École Normale Supérieure Paris (ENS)
William Durieux
Visiting Graduate Student - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) ParisTech
Jia Su
MIT MSc. Graduate of 2018
Julia Klinkert
Visiting Student - Delft University of Technology
Baptiste Lafoux
Visiting Student - Ponts et Chaussées ParisTech
Sungkwon Lee
MIT MSc. Graduate of 2020
Max Louyot
Visiting Graduate Student - Polytechnique de Montreal
John Montgomery
MIT MSc. Graduate of 2020
Stephane Poulain
MIT MSc. Graduate of 2020
Sasha Teslya
Senior Thesis Student - Mathematics at Macmaster University, Canada