Laura Miller

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Primary Position: Associate Professor of Biology and Mathematics
Other Positions: Mathematics Director of Graduate Studies
  • Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ph. D. Mathematics, Courant Institute, New York University, New York, NY
  • M. S. Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • B. A. Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
 

Books, chapters & report

Cohen, B., Miller, L. O’Donnell, C., Ro, S., Wachs, B. and West, R. (2003). CAHSEE Success: Mathematics. New York: Kaplan, Inc. Miller, L. A. (2012). Vortex Formation in the Embryonic Heart. Subchapter in A. Kheradvar and G. Pedrizzetti (Eds.), Vortex Formation in the Cardiovascular System. In press, New York, NY: Springer.

Journal papers

Insect flight Clap and fling with porous wings. Santhanakrishnan, A., Robinson, A., Lowe, A., Hedrick, T., and Miller, L. A. Submitted, J. Exp. Biol. Flexible clap and fling in tiny insect flight. Miller, L. A. and Peskin, C. S., Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 3076-3090 (2009). (JEB Link). A computational fluid dynamics study of ’clap and fling’ in the smallest insects. Miller, L. A. and Peskin, C. S., J. Exp. Biol., 208: 195-212 (2005). (JEB Link). When vortices stick: an aerodynamic transition in tiny insect flight. Miller, L. A. and Peskin, C. S., J Exp Biol., 207: 3073-3088 (2004). (JEB link). Jellyfish Efficient kinematics for jet-propelled swimming. Alben, S., Miller, L. A., and Peng, J. Submitted, Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Effects of grouping behavior, pulse timing and organism size on fluid flow around the upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea sp. Hamlet, C. and Miller, L. A. Submitted, Contemporary Mathematics. Feeding currents of the upside down jellyfish in the presence of background flow. Hamlet, C. and Miller, L. A. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 74(11): 2547-2569 (2012). Flow structure and transport characteristics of the feeding and exchange currents generated by upside–down jellyfish Cassiopea. Santhanakrishnan, A., Dollinger, M., Hamlet, C., Colin, S., and Miller, L. A. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215: 2369-2381 (2012). The fluid dynamics of feeding in the upside-down jellyfish. Hamlet, C., Miller, L. A., Rodriguez, T., and Santhanakrishnan, A. IMA Volume of Mathematics and its Applications (2012). Reynolds number limits for jet propulsion: A numerical study of simplified jellyfish. Herschlag, G. and Miller, L. A., Journal of Theoretical Biology, 285(1):84-95 (2011). (JTB Link). A numerical study of the effects of bell pulsation dynamics and oral arms on the exchange currents generated by the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea spp. Hamlet, C., Santhanakrishnan, A. and Miller, L. A. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214, 1911-1921 (2011). (JEB Link). Plants Reconfiguration and the reduction of vortex-induced vibrations in broad leaves. Miller, L. A., Santhanakrishnan, A., Jones, S, Hamlet, C., Mertens, K., and Zhu, L., Journal Experimental Biology, 215: 2716-2727 (2012). An immersed boundary method by the lattice Boltzmann approach in three dimensions. Zhu, L., He, G., Wang, S., Miller, L., Zhang, X., You, Q., Fang, S. Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 61: 3506-3518 (2011). (pdf file). Structural dynamics and resonance in plants with nonlinear stiffness. Miller, L. A., J. Theor. Biol., 234: 511-524 (2005). (JTB Link) Hearts Numerical study of scaling effects in peristalsis and dynamic suction pumping. Baird, A., King, T., and Miller, L. A. Submitted to Contemporary Mathematics. Fluid dynamics of heart development. Santhanakrishnan, A. and Miller, L. A., Cell Biochem. Biophys., DOI: 10.1007/s12013-011-9158-8, (2011). (CBB Link). Fluid dynamics of ventricular filling in the embryonic heart. Miller, L. A., Cell Biochem. Biophys., DOI: 10.1007/s12013-011-9157-9, (2011). (CBB Link). Flow within models of the vertebrate embryonic heart. Santhanakrishnan, A., Nguyen, N., Gunderson, J. and Miller, L. A., Journal of Theoretical Biology, Volume 259, Issue 3, 449-4 (2009). (JTB Link). Glycocalyx Three-dimensional flows through arrays of cylinders with applications to the endothelial surface layer. Miller, L. A. Santhanakrishnan, A., Ortiz, R., Keng, A., Cox, J. G., Leiderman, K., Hamlet, C., Jones, S., Fovargue, L., Fovargue, D., Prins, J., and Minion, M. Submitted, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. (pdf file). The effects of inhomogeneities on flow through the endothelial surface layer. Leiderman, K. M., Miller, L. A., and Fogelson, A. L., J. Theor. Biol., 252(2): 313-25 (2008). (Science Direct Link).

Other publications

Miller, L. A., Goldman, D. I., Hedrick, T. L., Tytell, E. D., Wang, Z. J., Yen, J. and Alben, S. (2012). Using Computational and Mechanical Models to Study Animal Locomotion. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 52(5): 553-575. Miller, L. A. and Alben, S. (2012). Interfacing Mathematics and Biology: A Discussion on Training, Research, Collaboration, and Funding. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 52(5): 616 – 621.

SAMPLE Talks

Miller, L. A. Uncovering the aerodynamics of the smallest flying insects using numerical simulations and physical models. The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC, January 3-7. Miller, L. A., Santhanakrishnan, A., Cooper, L., Hedrick, T. The aerodynamics of insect flight with bristled wings. The 2011 Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV, November 12-16. Miller, L. A. Excitable tissues in fluids. The 7th Annual UNC Greensboro RMSC Conference, Morning Plenary Lecture, Greensboro, NC, November 3, 2011. Miller, L. A. Three-dimensional flow through a simplified model of the endothelial surface layer. The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, Baltimore, ML, March 5-9. Miller, L. A. How jellyfish can inspire mathematics: A case study of the feeding currents generated by upside-down jellyfish. The 2011 Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, New Orleans, LA, January 4-9. Miller, L. A. Tradeoffs between swimming and feeding: The curious case of the upside down jellyfish. Natural Locomotion in Fluids and on Surfaces: Swimming, Flying, and Sliding. Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, June 1-5, 2010. Miller, L. A. Flight of the smallest insects. Mathematical Biology Seminar, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, January 2010. Miller, L. A. The fluid dynamics of feeding and swimming in the upside down jellyfish, Cassiopea xamachana. Mathematical Biology Seminar, the Georgia Institute of Techonology, Atlanta, GA, December 3, 2009. Miller, L. A. Combining experiments with numerical simulation: A case study of the flight of tiny insects. The 2009 Cha Cha Days, the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, November 6-8. Miller, L. A. Aerodynamics of flight in thrips. The Ecology and Evolution Seminar, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, September, 2009. Miller, L. A. Swimming and flying somewhere between the microscale and macroscale. USC Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, January 23, 2009. Miller, L. A. Swimming, flying, and pumping fluid at intermediate Reynolds numbers. UCSD, Biomechanics Seminar, Sand Diego, CA, January 21, 2009. Miller, L. A. Fluid dynamics of the embryonic heart. IUPUI, Mathematical Sciences Colloquium, Indianapolis, IN, October 17, 2008. Miller, L. A. The fluid dynamics of heart development. UCSB, Applied Mathematics Seminar, Santa Barbara, CA, July 2008. Miller, L. A. The fluid dynamics of the early embryonic heart. Tulane University, Center for Computational Science Seminar, New Orleans, LA, February 19, 2008. Miller, L. A. Fluid dynamics of embryonic heart development. Complex Matter and Biophysics Seminar, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, September 18, 2007. Miller, L. A. Fluid dynamics within the developing embryonic heart. Duke University, Applications of Analysis to Mathematical Biology Conference, Durham, NC, May 23, 2007. Miller, L. A. Fluid Dynamics and mechanosensing in the developing embryonic heart. NYU, Applications of Mathematics in Biology, Physiology, and Medicine, New York, NY, October 21, 2006. Miller, L. A. The significance of intermediate Reynolds number flows to biological form and development. Washington University, Bioengineering Seminar, Seattle, WA, February 23, 2006. Miller, L. A. The significance of intermediate Reynolds number flows to biological form and development. UC Bolder, Applied Math Seminar, Boulder, CO, February 21, 2006. Miller, L. A. The significance of intermediate Reynolds number flows to biological form and development. Duke University, Dept. of Mathematics Colloquium, Durham, NC, February 16, 2006. Miller, L. A. The significance of intermediate Reynolds number flows to biological form and development. UNC-CH, Department of Mathematics Seminar, Chapel Hill, NC, February 2006. Miller, L. A. The significance of intermediate Reynolds number flows to biological form and development. University of Michigan, Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics Seminar, Ann Arbor, MI, February 2, 2006. Miller, L. A. The significance of intermediate Reynolds number flows to biological form and development. University of Iowa, Mathematics Colloquium, Iowa City, IA, January 30, 2006.

Manuscripts

  Santhanakrishnan, A., Robinson, A., Lowe, A., Hedrick, T., and Miller, L. A. Clap and fling with porous wings. In preparation, J. Exp. Biol.
  • Mathematical biology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Animal locomotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Immersed boundary methods
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