John O. Dabiri

Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Princeton University, 2001; M.S., Caltech, 2003; Ph.D., 2005. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2005-09; Associate Professor, 2009-10; Professor, 2010-; Dean of Undergraduate Students, 2014-15.

Email: jodabiriSymbolatcaltech.edu

Tel: 626-395-6294

203 Guggenheim Lab MC 138-78 Pasadena, CA 91125

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Research Overview

Professor Dabiri's research program develops new experimental and analytical methods in fluid mechanics in order to reveal the fundamental mechanisms that govern animal-fluid interactions. These methods are applied in laboratory and field studies of aquatic animals, and the knowledge that is gained is used to inspire new engineering technologies. The technology applications currently being pursued in the Dabiri lab include efficient and maneuverable underwater vehicles, fluid dynamic energy harvesting (e.g. wind and tidal energy), and biomedical diagnostics and therapies. Concurrently, the lab is using fluid mechanics to explain the relationships among form, function, behavior, and ecology of marine animals. A growing research effort in the Dabiri lab also studies the role of marine animals in ocean mixing dynamics and climate.

List of Research Areas

mechanics and dynamics of biological propulsion, fluid dynamic energy conversion

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