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    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

    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

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