BioFM group during our Away Day in June 2019

Current group members

Timm Krüger
Group leader

Timm is the Principal Investigator of the BioFM group. He obtained his PhD in Physics in 2011 and has been leading the BioFM group in Edinburgh since 2013. His main interest is the modelling of microfluidics for healthcare applications.

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Benjamin Owen

Ben is an ERC-funded postdoc investigating soft particles in inertial particle microfluidics. He completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, developing a fluid-structure interaction model using discrete methods and GPU acceleration for cardiovascular applications.

Qi (Charles) Zhou

Charles is working on an EPSRC-funded project to model and understand solute and cell transport in the human placenta. In his PhD project at the University of Edinburgh, he simulated blood cell dynamics in vitro and in vivo.

Erich Essmann

Erich is an ERC-funded postdoc exploring the interaction of suspended particles and flow to understand the migration and interaction of particles in inertial microfluidics. Erich investigated the chaotic behaviour of particles in fluid flow during his PhD.

Qihao Jiang
PhD student

Qihao's research focusses on the optimisation of chromatography performance through lattice-Boltzmann modelling and machine learning. His principal supervisor is Simone Dimartino (Institute for Bioengineering).

Romain Enjalbert
PhD student

Romain investigates blood flow within the tumour microvasculature to gain a better understanding of tissue oxygenation within tumours. His other supervisors are Miguel Bernabeu (Usher Institute) and Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas (Heriot-Watt University).

Konstantinos Kechagidis
PhD student

Konstantinos's project is aligned with the ERC project SIRIUS. Konstantinos is investigating particle and cell dynamics in inertial microfluidic devices for sepsis diagnostics.

Giada Minozzi
PhD student

Giada is working on the EPSRC EMBOSS project, analysing key heat transfer parameters during boiling in order to optimise heat exchange surfaces. Her other supervisors are Prashant Valluri and Khellil Sefiane (Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids)

Ellie Seed
PhD student

Ellie is a Precision Medicine PhD student. She is using fluid dynamics simulations to investigate blood flow in the placenta and relating its geometry to functionality, in its ability to exchange nutrients, oxygen, and waste products between mother and fetus.

Calum Mallorie
PhD student

Calum is working with the company Cytovale to optimise the performance of a microfluidic device that is used for sepsis detection.


Former group members


  • Rohan Vernekar (2018-21)
  • Emmanouil Falagkaris (2019-21)
  • Patrick Schmidt (2017)
  • Ciro Semprebon (2015-16)

PhD/MSc students

  • Greg Sutton (PhD student, 2017-21)
  • Qi (Charles) Zhou (PhD student, 2015-20)
  • Arunn Sathasivam (PhD student, 2015-19)
  • Rohan Vernekar (PhD student, 2014-18)
  • Bowen Wang (MSc student, 2016/17)

Undergraduate students

  • Kendra Kolodziej (UG summer student, 2021)
  • Raphael Chen (UG research student, 2020/21)
  • Sean Harrison (UG research student, 2020/21)
  • Hannah McKeown (UG research student, 2020/21)
  • Bora Alper (UG summer student, 2020)
  • Calum Mallorie (UG summer student, 2020)
  • Doğa Şatır (UG summer student, 2020)
  • Rafael Anderka (UG summer student, 2020)
  • Andri Theofanous (UG research student, 2019/20)
  • Calum Mallorie (UG summer student, 2019)
  • Adam Machon (UG research student, 2018/19)
  • Malcolm Bell (UG research student, 2018/19)
  • Venecia Chavez Medina (visiting UG student, 2018)
  • Christopher Tay (UG research student, 2017/18)
  • Lavinia Calvi (UG summer student, 2016 and 2017)
  • Chenghan Han (IAESTE summer student, 2017)
  • Matilde Garcia (UG summer student, 2017)
  • Vivek Shrestha (UG summer student, 2017)
  • Martin Nikiforidis (Erasmus+ exchange student, 2017)
  • Julia Zaenker (UG summer student, 2016)
  • Stuart Fraser (UG research student, 2015/16)
  • Callum Renton (UG research student, 2015/16)
  • Douglas Connell (UG summer student, 2015)