Mechanics and biophysics of cellular membranes, complex fluids, physico-chemical hydrodynamics. More specifically, stability of lipid membranes (electroporation, fusion and fission, lipid sorting); flow and transport in suspensions of soft particles (emulsions, blood); electrokinetic phenomena and electrohydrodynamics.
Petia Vlahovska received a PhD in chemical engineering from Yale and MS in chemistry from Sofia University (Bulgaria). She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Membrane Biophysics Lab at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and an assistant professor in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. She joined the School of Engineering of Brown University in Fall, 2010. Her current research interests are in the area of non-equilibrium interfaces. Her teaching experience includes courses on fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, cellular and molecular biomechanics, and biophysics. Dr. Vlahovska is the recipient of NSF Career Award and David Crighton Fellowship.
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