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Chris Cameron
05-29-2008, 11:39 PM
Graduate Projects in Biology and Engineering

The laboratory of animal form and function (Biological Sciences) and the
laboratory of the Canada Research Chair on analysis, characterization
and optimization of complex flows (Écol Polytechnique) offer
multi-disciplinary research projects on the investigation of
interactions of animals in a fluid
environment.

The structure and shape of organisms are optimally adapted for life in
moving fluids. We use direct experimentation and computational modeling
to understand how organisms function at different sizes, shapes and
flows. Biologically inspired design of engineering systems is receiving
a great deal of
attention from the mechanical and aerospace engineering research
communities and additionally the field of biological fluid mechanics is
benefiting from tools developed by the engineering community. We use
videomicroscopy, particle visualisation, electron microscopy,
experimental developmental biology, micromanipulation, numerical,
analytical and theoretical models of fluid dynamics.

During the graduate project(s) the candidate(s) will work on live
animals and computer models of i) animals >1mm in size, ii) jellyfish
swimming, and/or iii) filter feeding in chordates. These systems have
utility in the design of heart valves, micro sized robots and miniature
pump systems, respectively.

The University of Montreal is among the top 100 universities worldwide
and the École Polytechnique is one of the three biggest engineering
schools in Canada.

Ideally the candidates will have the following assets (but not required):
- Grade average of A- (3.7) or better for the last two years of
university studies or grade average of B+ for the B.Sc. or B.Eng.
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Bachelors in biology, physics, or mechanical engineering
- Interest in animal functional biology, fluid mechanics, engineering design
- Experience in CFD and microscopy an asset but not required

Chris Cameron
Sciences biologiques
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-ville
Montreal, QC, Canada H3C 3J7
phone: (514) 343-2198
c.cameron@umontreal.ca


Domonique Pelletier, Canada Research Chair
École Polytechnique
Université de Montréal
2500, chemin de Polytechnique
Montréal, Qc H3T 1J4
(514) 340 4711
Dominique.Pelletier@polymtl.ca