I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Prakash Lab at the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford. I am an experimentalist by training and I am currently working on fluid physics problems in a biological context.

I was previously at the Physics of Fluids Group at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, where I received a PhD in Applied Physics (2013) for my thesis on 'Light particles in turbulence'. My research was supervised by Professor Detlef Lohse and Professor Chao Sun.

I obtained an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics (2010) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India. My master thesis research was on laboratory modelling of mantle convection. My research was supervised jointly by Professor K. R. Sreenivas at the Engineering Mechanics Unit, JNCASR and Professor Jaywant H. Arakeri at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

I received a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering (2008) from R. V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.

Honors & Awards

  • Summer Research Fellowship (undergraduate), JNCASR, Bangalore (2005, 2006)
  • `Potential Manager' award for the best student in Mech. Engineering, RV College of Engineering, LG electronics (2006)
  • 'Best Outgoing Student' award in Mechanical Engineering, RV College of Engineering, Cognizant Technology Solutions (2007)
  • Jury's Choice Poster Award, Hands-On Research in Complex Systems School, Shanghai, China¬† (2012)
  • Featured in NJP Research Highlights - 2012, 2013, New Journal of Physics (NJP) (2012, 2013)
  • Video Abstract Prize, New Journal of Physics (NJP) (based on a world-wide public voting contest) (2013)

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Universiteit Twente (2013)
  • Master of Science, JNCASR (2010)
  • Bachelor of Engineering, RV College of Engineering (2008)

Stanford Advisors

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Biophysics, Biological Fluid Dynamics, Fluid dynamics, Turbulence, Convection

Lab Affiliations

All Publications

  • Wake-Driven Dynamics of Finite-Sized Buoyant Spheres in Turbulence PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS Mathai, V., Prakash, V. N., Brons, J., Sun, C., Lohse, D. 2015; 115 (12): 124501
  • The clustering morphology of freely rising deformable bubbles JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Tagawa, Y., Roghair, I., Prakash, V. N., Annaland, M. v., Kuipers, H., Sun, C., Lohse, D. 2013; 721
  • Light particles in turbulence (PhD thesis) Prakash, V. N. University of Twente. 2013

    View details for DOI 10.3990/1.9789036507240

  • How gravity and size affect the acceleration statistics of bubbles in turbulence NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS Prakash, V. N., Tagawa, Y., Calzavarini, E., Mercado, J. M., Toschi, F., Lohse, D., Sun, C. 2012; 14
  • Lagrangian statistics of light particles in turbulence PHYSICS OF FLUIDS Martinez Mercado, J., Prakash, V. N., Tagawa, Y., Sun, C., Lohse, D. 2012; 24 (5)

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.4719148

    View details for Web of Science ID 000304826100032

  • Three-dimensional Lagrangian Voronoi analysis for clustering of particles and bubbles in turbulence JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Tagawa, Y., Mercado, J. M., Prakash, V. N., Calzavarini, E., Sun, C., Lohse, D. 2012; 693: 201-215