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Alireza Karimi

243 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD (2012), Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research & Scholarship Interests

Collective behavior of swimming microorganisms, formation and development of biofilms, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, pattern formation and spatiotemporal chaos in fluidic systems, multiphase flow in porous media, computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing and parallel processing
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Honors & Awards

  • Liviu Librescu Memorial Scholarship Award

Teaching Interests

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Finite Element Method

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Selected Publications

  • A. Karimi, D. Karig, A. Kumar, A.M. Ardekani, Interplay of Physical Mechanisms and Biofilm Processes: Review of Microfluidic Methods, Lab on a Chip, 15(1), 2015, 23-42
  • G.-J. Li, A. Karimi, A.M. Ardekani, Effect of Solid Boundaries on Swimming Dynamics of Microorganisms in a Viscoelastic Fluid, Rheologica Acta, 53(12), 2014, 911-926
  • A. Karimi, M. R. Paul, Bioconvection in Spatially Extended Domains, Physical Review E, 87, 2013, 053016
  • A. Karimi, A.M. Ardekani, Gyrotactic Bioconvection at Pycnoclines, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 733, 2013, 245-267
  • A. Karimi, S. Yazdi, A.M. Ardekani, Hydrodynamic Mechanisms of Cell and Particle Trapping in Microfluidics, Biomicrofluidics, 7, 2013, 021501
  • A. Karimi, M.R. Paul, Length Scale of a Chaotic Element in Rayleigh-Bénard Convection, Physical Review E, 86, 2012, 066212
  • A. Karimi, M.R. Paul, Quantifying Spatiotemporal Chaos in Rayleigh-Bénard Convection, Physical Review E, 85, 2012, 046201
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