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Fluid Locomotion Across Scales

Dr Jasmine Nirody

Creatures of all sizes have evolved to move through fluid environments. I am interested in combining theory and experiment to understand the challenges and adaptations associated with swimming across scales.

I have worked on locomotive strategies in snakes on slippery surfaces, and gecko escape mechanisms at the air-water interface. Currently, I am interested in the mechanics and energetics of the nanoscale motor that drives flagellated swimming in several bacteria, including pathogens like E. coli.

My research aims to provide insight into how nature has shaped its best swimmers for better hydrodynamics, and how we can harness this knowledge to design robots that can navigate a wider variety of environments.