Juan M. Jiménez, Ph.D.

Dr. Juan M. Jiménez is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.  His Ph.D. work focused on turbulence conducting the highest Reynolds number wake measurements ever conducted.  He transitioned to the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Medicine and Engineering as a postdoctoral fellow to study the effects of fluid flow on implantable biomedical devices like stents.  He stayed at Penn as a faculty member for several years studying the fundamentals of fluid dynamics that are relevant in the development and progression of diseases like atherosclerosis, response of vascular endothelial cells to fluid flow stimuli, blood fluid flow parameters that can lead to the development of blood clots within the vascular system and implantable devices, and development of biomedical devices that incorporate the fundamentals of both engineering and biology for clinical success. He is a dual career award recipient of both a prestigious NIH K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award and an NSF CAREER Award.

Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Students


Joshua Hall

Project: Effects of lymph fluid flow on lymphatic homeostasis and endothelial cell phenotype.

Duy Nguyen

Project: Cell migration, wound healing, cell motility.  Stent fluid dynamics.

Gina Georgadarellis

Project: The effects of fish swimming on muscle and bone development.

Hans Foelsche

Project: In vitro systems for mechanotransduction studies.

Undergraduate Students


Akshay Pujari, MS '17

Project: Lymphatic fluid flow transport.

Alexander Smith, MS '20

Project: Sensors

Dr. Laura Sumner
Project: CFD simulation of hemodynamics in patients pre and post-initiation of unilateral cerebral aneurysm.

Dr. Sampath Rachakonda
Project: Effects of hemodynamics on the cerebral vasculature.

Serena Russell
Chemotaxis and sperm motility

Patrick Mei
Effects of forestry on cardiovascular health

Abigail Laughlin
​Project: Mechanical vibrations and endothelial phenotype

Vaishali Malik

Project: Effects of M2 macrophages on plaque stabilization in atherosclerosis and role of natural environments on physiological and psychological health.