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Virtual Seminars

Since 2020, the research unit organizes bi-monthly virtual seminars. You can join upcoming seminars via the link below.
  • 10. Seminar: Click here to join!
    • Focus session on elastic flow instabilities
    • Date: November 23, 2021
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

  • 9. Seminar:
    • Greta Simionato from Saarland University, “Red blood cells in vivo: The best movie trailers of 2021”
    • Katharina Gräßel from University of Bayreuth, “Single red blood cell dynamics in time-dependent flow through microchannels”
    • Date: July 20, 2021
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

  • 8. Seminar:
    • Prof. Abdul Barakat from Ecole Polytechnique, France, “Engineering dumb and smart blood vessels”
    • Date: June 1, 2021
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

  • 7. Seminar:
    • Greta Simionato and Yazdan Rashidi from Saarland University, “In vivo influence of lingering on the partitioning of RBCs in the microcirculation”
    • Date: April 20, 2021
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

  • 6. Seminar:
    • Daniel Morón from University of Bremen, “Stability and Transition in pulsatile flows with physiological waveform”
    • Othmane Aouane from Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg, “Inertial migration and particles ordering in cylindrical channels”
    • Date: March 17, 2021
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

  • 5. Seminar:
    • Bastian Bäuerlein from University of Bremen, “Pipe flow experiment to study the influence of pulsation on the particle dynamics”
    • Steffen Recktenwald from Saarland University, “Tracking of red blood cells in a comoving frame during time-dependent microfluidic flows”
    • Date: February 3, 2021
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

  • 4. Seminar:
    • Katharina Gräßel from University of Bayreuth, “Shapes of red blood cells in pulsating flow”
    • Till Zeugin from ETH Zurich, “In vitro analysis of the aortic blood flow after a 3D-printed aortic valve - preliminary results”
    • Date: October 30, 2020
    • Time: 10:00 - 11:00

  • 3. Seminar:
    • Greta Simionato and Alexis Darras from Saarland University, “Characterization of blood flow in vivo: The hamster as an animal model”
    • Marc Avila from University of Bremen, “Resonances in pulsatile channel flow with elastic walls”
    • Date: September 8, 2020
    • Time: 11:00 - 12:00

  • 2. Seminar:
    • Othmane Aouane from Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg, “Migration of spherical particles in steady and pulsatile parabolic flows”
    • Steffen Recktenwald from Saarland University, “Optimizing pressure driven pulsatile flows in microfluidic devices”
    • Date: July 14, 2020
    • Time: 11:00 - 12:00

  • 1. Seminar:
    • Michael Riedl from Institute of Science and Technology Austria, “Chaotic interactions on and inside an endothelial monolayer”
    • Daniel Morón from University of Bremen, “Transition to turbulence in pulsatile flows with physiological waveform”
    • Date: June 3, 2020
    • Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Research Unit meeting 2021

From October 3. to 6., 2021, the FOR 2688 Research Unit hosted a real-life meeting at the University of Bremen.

On the first day, spokesman Prof. Christian Wagner from Saarland University started the meeting with an overview of the goals and achievements of the Research Unit. The subsequent scientific session focused on red blood cell and endothelial cell dynamics, including presentations from IST Austria, Saarland University, University of Bayreuth, and Saarland University Medical Center. Our external guest Prof. Abdul Barakat from Ecole Polytechnique, France, highlighted the morning session with his presentation on "Mind the gap: endothelial cell dynamic responses to topographic surfaces." In the afternoon, the Research Unit visited the lab of PI Dr. Kerstin Avila and the Bremen Drop Tower at the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM).
The second day started with talks from Ph.D. students and postdocs from IST Austria, University of Bremen, Helmholtz Insitute Erlangen-Nürnberg, and ETH Zurich on transitions and instabilities in pulsatile pipe flow. Following a fruitful discussion session, the day closed with a walk through Bremen's Bürgerpark and a coffee tasting at Lloyd Caffee, the oldest, still traditionally roasting coffee roastery in Bremen.
On Wednesday, the Bremen meeting ended with a detailed and engaging discussion on future joint projects between the different groups and universities.

Lab tour at the University of Bremen.
Lab tour at the University of Bremen

Part of the Research Unit FOR 2688 in front of the 146 m high Bremen drop tower on the site of the University of Bremen.
Group photo in front of the 146 m high Bremen drop tower

Kick-off meeting 2020

The kick-off meeting of the research unit took place from 12.02. to 14.02.2020 in the very midst of the magnificent mountain world of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The meeting started with an overview of the research goals and objectives by the spokesperson Christian Wagner, followed by short introductions of the different projects by the corresponding PIs. In the evening, a torch-lit walk through the remarkable Partnach Gorge, designated a natural monument, was organized.
On the second day of the meeting Kristian Valen-Sendstad, guest and senior research scientist at SIMULA Research Laboratories Norway, opened the morning session with an inspiring talk about ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of “Patient-Specific” CFD’. Talks of the Ph.D. students and postdocs from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, University of Bremen, ETH Zurich, and Saarland University completed the session. In the afternoon, the unit undertook a journey to Germany´s highest peak the Zugspitze at 2.962 m above sea level. Although the Top of Germany welcomed the attendees with winds gusting up to 130 km/h, the fascinating view over 400 mountain peaks in four countries more than compensated for that.
The last day closed with scientific contributions by Ph.D. students and postdocs from Bremen and Saarland University, followed by a talk about ‘Combining a scientific career and starting a family’, given by PI Kerstin Avila.

The meeting provided a great opportunity for the PIs and students of the different groups to engage in fruitful discussions about current and future projects of the research unit in one of the most scenic places in Germany.

Magnificent mountain world at the Zugspitze.
On top of Germany´s highest peak

Part of the Research Unit FOR 2688 on top of the Zugspitze, trying 
	 to take a group photo with winds gusting up to 130 km/h
Group photo at 2.962 m

Talk of the postdoctoral researcher Dr. Alexis Darras from Saarland University 
	 about 'Erythrocytes sedimentation rate and acanthocytosis'
Friday morning session


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