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Published November 2019 | Submitted + Published
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Landmarks and frontiers in biological fluid dynamics


Biological systems are influenced by fluid mechanics at nearly all spatiotemporal scales. This broad relevance of fluid mechanics to biology has been increasingly appreciated by engineers and biologists alike, leading to continued expansion of research in the field of biological fluid dynamics. While this growth is exciting, it can present a barrier to researchers seeking a concise introduction to key challenges and opportunities for progress in the field. Rather than attempt a comprehensive review of the literature, this article highlights a limited selection of classic and recent work. In addition to motivating the study of biological fluid dynamics in general, the goal is to identify both longstanding and emerging conceptual questions that can guide future research. Answers to these fluid mechanics questions can lead to breakthroughs in our ability to predict, diagnose, and correct biological dysfunction, while also inspiring a host of new engineering technologies.

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© 2019 American Physical Society. Received 30 April 2019; published 18 November 2019. The author thanks Margaret Byron and Lex Smits for organizing the minisymposium at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, where many of these ideas were originally presented. Helpful feedback from Brooke Husic, Megan Leftwich, Clara O'Farrell, Robert Whittlesey, Don Webster, and the anonymous referees is also gratefully acknowledged.

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