Professor Eric Lauga FRS

Eric Lauga is an applied mathematician whose research is in the field of biological physics and fluid mechanics.

Through mathematical analysis, he studies the role played by viscous flows in living systems, revealing instances where fluid dynamics underlies fundamental physical processes and discovering new and unsuspected role of flows. His interdisciplinary work is often done in collaboration with experimentalists from the world of biology, engineering and soft matter physics, allowing novel studies at the intersection between active matter and fluid dynamics.

Eric was trained in France (Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines and Université Pierre et Marie Curie) and received his PhD from Harvard University. He has held faculty positions at MIT and at the University of California San Diego. He is the recipient of several teaching and research awards, including, from the American Physical Society, the Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics, the François Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics and the Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Euromech and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Professional position

  • Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Subject groups

  • Mathematics

    Applied mathematics and theoretical physics

  • Engineering

    Fluid dynamics

  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology

    Biophysics and structural biology

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences

    Physiology incl biophysics of cells (non-clinical)

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology

    Biological modelling