Transport phenomena in networks and heterogeneous environments
My research focuses on understanding transport phenomena in heterogeneous environments. One example related to Wu Tsai Institute's mission is transport of blood and metabolites in the brain microvasculature. While it is known that neural activity can locally alter the blood flow, its nonlocal impact on the microvasculature network is not yet well understood. This nonlocality affects the solute concentration, e.g. oxygen level, due to the change in blood travel time through the corresponding arterioles. A better understanding of these phenomena is essential in advancing our knowledge on neurodevelopment, plasticity, and neurocomputation.