Areas of Research
Dr. David Hu's leads a research team, trained in the physical sciences, dedicated to understanding nature's designs and solving problems in physical biology.
We perform simple table-top experiments aimed at elucidating fundamental physical mechanisms in biological systems. We are particularly interested in the use of visualization methods (microscopy, high speed film, flow visualization) and rationalizing our observations using mathematics (scaling, fluid and solid mechanics).
Our research focuses on fundamental problems of hydrodynamics and elasticity that have bearing on problems in biology. We have studied how insects walk on water and how snakes slither on land, and are interested in applying our findings to pursuing biomimetic technologies.
- Ph.D. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
- B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
- 2005, 2004 Gallery of Fluid Motion Award, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics.
- 2005, 2003. NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, NSF
- Graduate Research Fellowship: 1997, Westinghouse Science Talent Search, Semi?nalist
Selected Research Publications
- Hu., D. L., Nirody, J., Scott, T. & Shelley, M. J. 2009 The mechanics of slithering locomotion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106, 10081–10085.
- Hu, D. L., Chan, B. & Bush, J. W. M. 2003 The hydrodynamics of water strider locomotion. Nature 424, 663–666.
- Hu, D. L. & Bush, J. W. M. 2005 Meniscus-climbing insects. Nature 437, 733–736.