Work Experience & Education
Assistant Research Scientist,
Applied Mathematics Laboratory (AML), Courant Institute, 2012 - present
Advisor: Prof. Michael J. Shelley
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania,
Advisor: Prof. Howard H. Hu
Thesis: Dynamics of soft elastic particles in viscous flows
B.S. & M.S.,
Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 2007
Advisor: Prof. Xiyun Lu and Prof. Lixian Zhuang
Generally speaking, I work in the areas of fluid mechanics and biophysics, with focus on fluid-structure
fluids and biomaterials. I'm particuclarly interested in understanding new phenomena
in both passive and active systems in soft
matter, such as cytoskeletal network, bacterial suspensions,
and hydrogel particles. Due to the intrinsic multiscale-coupling of
physics in these systems, I have been
working on analysis across scales through development and integration of numerical and
- Active matter /soft matter
- Complex fluids and materials
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Liquid crystal physics
- Cell mechanics
- Fluid structure interaction
- Fast summation methods
T. Gao, R. Blackwell, M. A. Glaser, M. D. Betterton, M. J. Shelley,
"Multiscale polar theory of microtubule and motor-protein
assemblies", Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 (2015), 048101.
T. Gao, H. H. Hu, P. Ponte Castañeda, "Dynamics and rheology of elastic particles in an extensional flow",
J. Fluid Mech. 715 (2013), 573-596.
T. Gao, H. H. Hu, P. Ponte Castañeda,
"Shape dynamics and rheology of soft elastic particles in a shear flow", Phys. Rev. Lett.
108 (2012), 058302. (Doi)
T. Gao, H. H. Hu, P. Ponte Castañeda, "Rheology of a suspension of elastic particles in a viscous shear flow",
J. Fluid Mech. 687 (2011), 209-237.
T. N. Swaminathan, T. Gao, H. H. Hu, "Deformation of a long elastic particle undergoing electrophoresis",
J. Colloid Interface Sci.346 (2010), 270-276.
T. Gao, H. H. Hu, "Deformation of elastic particles in viscous shear flow",
J. Comput. Phys. 228 (2009), 2132-2151.
T. Gao, X. Lu, "Insect normal hovering flight in ground effect", Phys. Fluids
20 (2008), 087101. (Doi)
T. Gao, N. Liu, X. Lu, "Numerical analysis of the ground effect on insect hovering",
J. Hydrodyn., Ser. B 20 (2008), 17-22. (Doi)
T. Gao, Y. Tseng, X. Lu, "An improved hybrid Cartesian/immersed boundary method for fluid-solid flows",
Int. J. Num. Methods Fluids 55 (2007), 1189-1211.