Nitesh Nama

Nitesh Nama

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
W314 NH
(402) 472-1625

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Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University (2017)
  • M.A., Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University (2017)
  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2011)


We are seeking strong and motivated candidates at the graduate and undergraduate levels for several projects in the broad area of computational biomechanics and microfluidics. We collaborate extensively with research groups across US and Europe to develop and employ advanced computational tools for understanding complex processes in biomechanics and microfluidics. Students with interest in numerical methods, fluid-solid mechanics, and high performance computing are specially encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email a copy of their CV to 

Research Opportunities (Graduate/Undergraduate)

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Computational Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Cardiovascular Mass Transport
  • Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Elasticity
  • Microfluidics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Acoustofluidics
  • Lab-on-a-chip

Research Profiles:

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  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021 - Present
  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, University of Michigan, 2020 - 2021
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Surgery, University of Michigan, 2017 - 2020

Honors and Awards

  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • 18th Annual Greenfield Research Award, University of Michigan (2020)
  • Postdoctoral Travel Grant for 13th World Congress of Computational Mechanics (2018)
  • Robert A. Sebrosky Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University (2016)
  • First Prize for best research presentation, Graduate Research Symposium (2016)
  • Travel Grant for 5th deal.II Users and Developers Conference (2015)
  • Third Prize for best research presentation, Graduate Research Symposium (2015)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Pennsylvania State University (2011-2014)
  • Merit-cum-means Scholarship, Government of India (2007-2011)
  • DAAD Scholarship, Government of Germany [declined] (2010)

Selected Publications

  • C. Dillinger, N. Nama, and D. Ahmed, Starfish-inspired ultrasound ciliary bands for microrobotic systems, Nature Communications, accepted, 2021.
  • C. J. Arthurs, R. Khlebnikov, A. Melville, A. Gomez, D. Dillon-Murphy, F. Cuomo, M. S. Vieira, J. Schollenberger, S. R. Lynch, C. Tossas-Betancourt, K. Iyer, S. Hopper, E. Livingston, P. Youssefi, A. Noorani, S. Ben Ahmed, F. J. H. Nauta, T. M. J. van Bakel, Y. Ahmed, P. A. J. van Bakel, J. Mynard, P. Di Achille, H. Gharahi, K. D. Lau, V. Filonova, M. Aguirre, N. Nama, N. Xiao, S. Baek, K. Garikipati, O. Sahni, D. Nordsletten, and C. A. Figueroa, CRIMSON: An open-source software framework for cardiovascular integrated modelling and simulation, PLOS Computational BiologyVol. 17(5), pp. e1008881, 2021.
  • ​Y. Ahmed, N. Nama, I. B. Houben, J. A. van Herwaarden, F. L. Moll, D. M. Williams, C. A. Figueroa, H. J. Patel, and N. S. Burris, Imaging surveillance after open aortic repair: a feasibility study of 3-dimensional growth mapping, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic SurgeryVol. 8, pp. 10, 2021. 
  • N. Nama, M. Aguirre,  J. D. Humphrey, and C. A. Figueroa, A nonlinear rotation-free shell formulation with prestressing for vascular biomechanics, Scientific ReportsVol. 10, pp. 17528, 2020.
  • S. Lynch, N. Nama, Z. Xu, C. J. Arthurs, O. Sahni, and C. A. Figueroa, Numerical considerations for advection‐diffusion problems in cardiovascular hemodynamics, International Journal of Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 36(9), pp. e3378, 2020.
  • J. M. McNeill, N. Nama, J. Braxton, and T. E. Mallouk, Wafer-Scale fabrication of micro- to nanoscale bubble swimmers and their fast autonomous propulsion by ultrasound,  ACS Nano, Vol. 14(6), pp. 7520–7528, 2020.
  • I. B. Houben*, N. Nama*, F. L. Moll, J. A. van Herwaarden, D. A. Nordsletten, D. M. Williams, H. J. Patel, C. A. Figueroa, and N. S. Burris, Mapping pre-dissection aortic wall abnormalities: a multiparametric assessment, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic SurgeryVol. 57(6), pp. 1061-1067, 2020. (* denotes equal contributions)
  • H. Bachman, C. Chen, J. Rufo, S. Zhao, S. Yang, Z. Tian, N. Nama, P. H. Huang, and T. J. Huang, An acoustofluidic device for efficient mixing over a wide range of flow rates, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 20, pp. 1238-1248, 2020.
  • L. Ren, N. Nama, J. M. McNeill, F. Soto, Z. Yan, W. Liu, W. Wang, J. Wang, and T. E. Mallouk, 3D Steerable, acoustically powered microswimmers for single-particle manipulation, Science Advances, Vol. 5(10), pp. eaax30842019.
  • P. H. Huang, S. Zhao, H. Bachman, N. Nama, Z. Li, C. Chen, S. Yang, M. Wu, S. P. Zhang, and T. J. Huang, Acoustofluidic synthesis of particulate nanomaterialsAdvanced Science, pp. 1900913, 2019. (Featured as front cover image)
  • N. Nama, Mixing hot and cold with sound, Journal of Fluid Mechanics,  Vol. 866, pp. 1-4, 2019.
  • C. Chen, S. P. Zhang, Z. Mao, N. Nama, Y. Gu, P. H. Huang, Y. Jing, X. Guo, F. Costanzo, and T. J. Huang, Three-dimensional numerical simulation and experimental investigation of boundary-driven streaming in surface acoustic wave microfluidics,  Lab on a Chip,  Vol. 18, pp. 3645-3654, 2018.
  • P. H. Huang, C. Y. Chan, P. Li, Y. Wang, N. Nama, H. Bachman, and T. J. Huang, A sharp-edge based acoustofluidic chemical signal generator,  Lab on a Chip,  Vol. 18, pp. 1411-1421, 2018. (Featured as front cover image)
  • M. Kiyasatfar and N. Nama, Particle manipulation via integration of electroosmotic flow of power-law fluids with standing surface acoustic waves (SSAW), Wave Motion, Vol. 80, pp. 20-36, 2018.
  • R. Barnkob, N. Nama, L. Ren, T. J. Huang, F. Costanzo, and C. J. Kähler, Acoustically driven fluid and particle motion in confined and leaky systems, Physical Review Applied, Vol. 9, pp. 014027, 2018.
  • N. Nama, T. J. Huang, and F. Costanzo, Acoustic streaming: An arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian perspective, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 825,  pp. 600-630, 2017. 
  • N. Nama, P. H. Huang, T. J. Huang, and F. Costanzo, Investigation of micromixing by acoustically oscillated sharp edges, Biomicrofluidics, Vol. 10, pp. 024124, 2016.
  • Y. Xie, N. Nama, P. Li, Z. Mao, P. H. Huang, C. Zhao, F. Costanzo, and T. J. Huang, Probing cell deformability via acoustically actuated bubbles, Small, Vol. 12(7), pp. 902-910, 2016. (Featured as front cover image)
  • A. Ozcelik, N. Nama, P. H. Huang, M. Kaynak, M. R. Reynolds, W. Hanna-Rose, and T. J. Huang, Acoustofluidic rotational manipulation using oscillating solid structures, Small, Vol. 12, pp. 5120-5125, 2016. (Featured as front cover image)
  • D. Ahmed, A. Ozcelik, N. Bojanala, N. Nama, A. Upadhyay, Y. Chen, W. Hanna-Rose, and T. J. Huang, Rotational manipulation of single microparticles, cells, and organisms using acoustic waves, Nature Communications, Vol. 7, pp. 11085, 2016.
  • S. Y. Tang, B. Ayan, N. Nama, Y. Bian, J. P. Lata, X. Guo, and T. J. Huang, On-chip production of size-controllable liquid metal microdroplets using acoustic waves, Small, Vol. 12, pp. 3861-3869, 2016.
  • M. Kaynak, A. Ozcelik, N. Nama, A. Nourhani, P. E. Lammert, V. H. Crespi, and T. J. Huang, Acoustofluidic actuation of in situ fabricated microrotors, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 16, pp. 3532-3537, 2016.
  • N. Nama, R. Barnkob, Z. Mao, C. J. Kähler, F. Costanzo, and T. J. Huang, Numerical study of acoustophoretic motion of particles in a PDMS microchannel driven by surface acoustic waves, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 15, pp. 2700-2709, 2015.
  • A. A. Nawaz, Y. Chen, N. Nama, R. Nissly, L. Ren, A. Ozcelik, L. Wang, J. P. McCoy, S. J. Levine, and T. J. Huang, An acoustofluidic fluorescence activated cell sorterAnalytical Chemistry, Vol. 87, pp. 12051−12058, 2015. (Featured as front cover image)
  • S. Li, X. Ding, Z. Mao, Y. Chen, N. Nama, F. Guo, P. Li, L. Wang, C. E. Cameron, and T. J. Huang, Standing surface acoustic wave (SSAW)-based cell washing, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 15, pp. 331-338, 2015.
  • F. Guo, P. Li, J. B. French, Z. Mao, H. Zhao, S. Li, N. Nama, J. R. Fick, S. J. Benkovic, and T. J. Huang, Controlling cell-cell interactions using surface acoustic waves, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Vol. 112, pp. 43–48, 2015.
  • Y. Xie, C. Chindam, N. Nama, S. Yang, M. Lu, Y. Zhao, J. D. Mai, F. Costanzo, and T. J. Huang, Exploring bubble oscillation and mass transfer enhancements in acoustic-assisted liquid-liquid extraction with a microfluidic device, Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, pp. 12572, 2015.
  • P. H. Huang, L. Ren, N. Nama, S. Li, P. Li, X. Yao, R. A. Cuento, C. H. Wei, Y. Chen, Y. Xie, A. A. Nawaz, Y. G. Alevy, M. J. Holtzman, J. P. McCoy, S. J. Levine, and T. J. Huang, An acoustofluidic sputum liquefier, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 15, pp. 3125-3131, 2015. (Featured as front cover image)
  • P. H. Huang, C. Y. Chan, P. Li, N. Nama, Y. Xie, C. H. Wei, Y. Chen, and T. J. Huang, A spatiotemporally controllable chemical gradient generator via acoustically oscillating sharp-edge structures, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 15, pp. 4166 - 4176, 2015.
  • N. Nama, P. H. Huang, T. J. Huang, and F. Costanzo, Investigation of acoustic streaming patterns around oscillating sharp edges, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, pp. 2824-2836, 2014.
  • P. H. Huang, N. Nama, Z. Mao, P. Li, J. Rufo, Y. Chen, Y. Xie, C. H. Wei, L. Wang, and T. J. Huang, A reliable, programmable acoustofluidic pump powered by oscillating sharp-edge structures, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, pp. 4319-4323, 2014. (Selected as a Lab on a Chip HOT Article of 2014 and featured as front cover image)
  • A. Ozcelik, D. Ahmed, Y. Xie, N. Nama, Z. Qu, A. A. Nawaz, and T. J. Huang, An acoustofluidic micromixer via bubble inception and cavitation from microchannel sidewalls, Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 86, pp. 5083-5088, 2014.
  • P. H. Huang, Y. Xie, D. Ahmed, J. Rufo, N. Nama, Y. Chen, C. Y. Chan, and T. J. Huang, An acoustofluidic micromixer based on oscillating sidewall sharp-edgesLab on a Chip, Vol. 13, pp. 3847-3852, 2013. (Selected as a Lab on a Chip HOT Article of 2013)
  • C. Chindam, N. Nama, M. I. Lapsley, F. Costanzo, and T. J. Huang, Theory and experiment on resonant frequencies of liquid-air interfaces trapped in microfluidic devices, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 114, pp. 194503, 2013.
  • X. Ding, P. Li, S. C. S. Lin, Z. S. Stratton, N. Nama, F. Guo, D. Slotcavage, X. Mao, J. Shi, F. Costanzo, and T. J. Huang, Surface acoustic wave microfluidics, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 13, pp. 3626-3649, 2013.
  • Y. Chen, X. Ding, S. C. S. Lin, S. Yang, P. H. Huang, N. Nama, Y. Zhao, A. A. Nawaz, F. Guo, W. Wang, Y. Gu, T. E. Mallouk, and T. J. Huang, Tunable nanowire patterning using standing surface acoustic waves, ACS Nano, Vol. 7, pp. 3306-3314, 2013.
  • D. Ahmed, C. Y. Chan, S. C. S. Lin, H. S. Muddana, N. Nama, S. J. Benkovic, and T. J. Huang, Tunable, pulsatile chemical gradient generation via acoustically driven oscillating bubbles, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 13, pp. 328-331, 2013. (Featured as front cover image)