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Figueroa, Nuris

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research overview

  • In our lab we study the complex interactions between microorganisms and their environment, using tools of microfluidics and quantitative video microscopy, to investigate the transport of microorganisms in complex environments, like viscoelastic and anisotropic liquids, and complex geometries. This understanding is necessary to address practical problems like antibiotic resistance and prevention and treatment of medical conditions.


  • soft matter physics, active matter, complex liquids, active liquid crystals, motion in low Re numbers, microorganism locomotion


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courses taught

  • PHYS 2020 - General Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Includes three lectures, one two-hour laboratory/recitation per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Covers electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Designed for life science majors, including premed students. Natural science majors with a knowledge of calculus and others taking calculus are urged to take the calculus-based courses PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120, PHYS 1140 and PHYS 2130, rather than PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020.
  • PHYS 4230 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Statistical mechanics applied to macroscopic physical systems; statistical thermodynamics, classical thermodynamics systems; applications to simple systems. Examines relationship of statistical to thermodynamic points of view.


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