People and Research Projects

Principal Investigator


Gerald G. Fuller (ggf@)


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Postdoctoral Researchers

Maria Merola (merolamc@)

Suji Park (sjp1018@)

Juho Pokki (jpokki@)








Graduate Students

Simone Bochner de Araujo (sbochner@)

Kiara Cui (kiaracui@)

Vineeth Chandran Suja (vinny@)








Aadithya Kannan (aadithya@)

Eleftheria Michalaki (emichal@)

Eleftheria Michalaki (emichal@)

Chunzi Liu(lcz@)








Noelle Rabiah (nrabiah@)

Mariana Rodríguez Hakim (mrodrigh@)

Vinay Surya (vsurya@)

Vinay Surya (vsurya@)









Dan Walls (dwalls@)

Dan Walls (dwalls@)









Undergraduate Students

Camila Kofman (ckofman@)

Namita Nabar (nnabar@)

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Andy Ylitalo (aylitalo@)








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Interns and Visiting Scholars

Name Education University | Country Project
Bruce Andrew Kubicka High School Portola Valley, CA Interfacial behavior of worm-like micellar solutions
Nikhil Sethia Undergraduate Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi| India Co-adsorption of therapeutic proteins and surfactants at air-water interfaces
Maximilian Enthoven M.Sc. ETH Zurich| Switzerland Development of image processing algorithms for automation of cell analysis and tear film thickness computation
Tzu-En Lin M.S. École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne| Switzerland Asphaltene aggregation at oil-water interfaces and nanoparticles at oil/water interface
De Franca Couto Martins High School Rio De Janeiro| Brazil Asphaltene aggregation at oil-water interfaces.
Sophie Lohmann M.Sc. ETH Zurich| Switzerland Development of an in vivo system for spatio-temporal characterization of tear film thickness
Simran Kaur M.S. Purdue University | U.S.A. Rheological Properties of Protein Emulsifiers
Isabele Moreira Undergraduate Universidade Federal do Paraná | Brazil Asphaltene aggregation at oil-water interfaces.
Brendan Huang High School Austin, TX Spreading of miscible liquids.
Beatrice Loppinet High School Heraklion, Greece Drainage of thin films on contact lenses.
Bruce Andrew Kubicka High School Portola Valley, CA Drainage of thin films & design of tensiometer.
Mathilde Lettinga High School Aachen, Germany Impinging jet project.
Cole Gillespie High School Menlo Park, CA Impinging jet project.
Maria Consiglia Merola Ph.D. Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas – Institute of
Electronic Structure and Laser | Greece
Study of asphaltene aggregation at an oil/water interface and its inhibition of coalescence.
Tatiana Naccache Rochinha Undergraduate Pontificia Universidade Catolica – Rio de Janeiro | Brazil Evolution of miscible sessile and pendant drops and miscible jets.
Yanjun Ren Ph.D. China University of Petroleum (Beijing) | China Rheological transition and emulsive stability of adsorbed pH-responsive surfactant layers at oil-water interface.
Clémence Abriat M.S. Ecole Polytéchnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) | Switzerland Interfacial rheology of bacterial biofilms.
Anand Das Undergraduate University of Washington | U.S.A. Software development to improve control of experimental equipment.
Es-Sbai Mohamed M.S. Chimie ParisTech – PSL Research University | France Rheological properties of hydrates forming at the water-hydrocarbon interface.
Christian McCullough High School Phoenix, AZ Plateau–Rayleigh instability and dancing droplets.
Cifeng Fang Ph.D. University of Washington | U.S.A. Study of endothelial cell response to profiled wall shear stress.
Patrick Negulescu High School Santa Clara, CA Lysozyme adsorption on contact lenses.
Brian Friedenberg High School San Diego, CA Impinging jet project.
J.D. Medlin High School Los Altos Hills, CA Drainage of thin films.
Daniel Tervoort High School Zurich, Switzerland Stability of therapeutic proteins.
Jean Sébastien Buff M.S. ETH Zurich | Switzerland Stability of therapeutic proteins.
Shristi Singh Undergraduate National Institute of Technology – Warangal | India Spreading of miscible sessile drops.
Tomás E. Chávez-Miyauchi Ph.D. Reservoir Engineering Research Institute (RERI) | U.S.A. Crude oil – water interfacial rheology in waterflooding performance.
Vineeth Chandran Suja M.S. École Polytechnique | France Drainage of thin films.
Daniele Tammaro Ph.D. Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II | Italy Drainage of thin films.
Prof. Marcio Nele Ph.D. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro | Brazil Polymers and emulsions.
Javier Tajuelo Ph.D. UNED | Spain High sensitivity interfacial rheology.
Mithya Jayakumar Undergraduate University of California,Davis | U.S.A. Spreading of miscible drops.
Marco A Alvarez V Ph.D. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | Spain Drainage of thin films (CFD simulation)
Joannes Vermant High School Meise, Belgium Experiments on tear film drainage
Julius Laeuger High School Stuttgart, Germany Dilatational rheology of interfaces
Gian Carlo Maffettone High School Naples, Italy Experiments on miscible liquid drops.
Adela Palominos High School California, U.S.A. Biofilms project
Chew Chai Undergraduate M.I.T. | U.S.A. Drainage/Dewetting of tear film on contact lenses.
Eline Hermans Ph.D. KU Leuven | Belgium Drainage of lung surfactant films.
Caroline Balemans M.S. Eindhoven University of Technology | Netherlands Dewetting of tear film on contact lenses.
Caroline Giacomin Undergraduate McGill University | Canada Drainage/Dewetting of tear film on contact lenses.
Rui Chang Undergraduate Tsinghua University | China Dewetting of corneal cell coated surfaces.
Eric Zhao High School Hong Kong Droplet movement due to Marangoni Stresses.
Zoubida Ouazzani M.S. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Switzerland Interfacial rheology of Biofilms.
Patrick Ruhs Ph.D. ETH Zurich | Switzerland Interfacial rheology of Biofilms.
Tom Verwijlen Ph.D. KU Leuven | Belgium Impinging Jet flow Analysis and Simulations.
Marie Vermant High School Belgium Interfacial stability of thin films.
David Giacomin High School U.S.A. Rinsing flows by an impinging jet.
Alison Fanton High School U.S.A. Interfacial rheology of biofilms.