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Marcel Filoche, a French physicist and research director for France’s national research institution, ends his term as a Fulbright scholar in the BME Department this month having provided tools to improve the delivery of life-saving surfactants into the lungs of premature babies. This work is the culmination of a more than five-year collaboration between Filoche and BME and Surgery Professor James Grotberg in which the two have combined their respective expertise in systems of complex geometry and biofluid mechanics in the lung.
Marcel’s team provided a new description of the geometry of the premature newborn’s tracheobronchial tree that encompasses scale invariance, branching asymmetry, and individual physiological variability. It was combined with a model of liquid plug splitting in branched structures from Grotberg’s lab into a computational model that, for the first time, will allow researchers to test new delivery strategies and types of surfactant.
University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering Professor James B. Grotberg was recently elected as a Fellow of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). The Fellow Grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession and is limited to roughly 3% of the 113,361-member organization. This level of selectivity ensures ASME’s commitment to its vision “to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for solutions that benefit humankind.”
ASME recognizes that, “James B. Grotberg is the leading Biofluid Dynamicist in the United States and among the top two or three in the world. His research has had major impact on our understanding of fluid flow and interfacial phenomena in the lung, and how the related physical mechanisms explored explain normal and abnormal lung function and disease, as well as treatment of those diseases.”
Professor Grotberg is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, and an Inaugural Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.