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Investigating the Effects of Pulsatile Flows on the Mucus Layers in the Human Respiratory System

A snapshot of Jeremy Bonifacio

Jeremy Bonifacio’s research on the human respiratory system investigates the effects of unsteady uniform pulse wave flows and their interaction with the mucus layer in the upper respiratory using computer software and invitro experimental techniques.

Bonifacio, a lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and a student in the College of Engineering’s joint doctoral program with Claremont Graduate University, has been working on this research with his graduate advisor, Associate Dean of Research Hamid Rahai, as well as Dr. Shahab Taherian. He has published and presented technical papers in international conferences hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Astronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Annual Physics Society; the subjects relating to viral transfer among a regional jet, particle deposition in the human respiratory system, environmental studies focusing on Nox reductions in internal combustion engines, and studies of jet in cross flow.

Bonifacio was the recipient of the 2010 Graduate Research Fellowship and the 2012 METRANS Student of the Year award. He was also a member of the winning team in CSULB’s 2014 Innovation Challenge. The team designed computer software that would allow physicians to conduct non-invasive lung diagnoses, especially pulmonary embolism.

“The number of people who are getting sick from airborne pollutants is on the rise in developed and developing nations alike,” says Bonifacio. “There is urgent need for a comprehensive range of solutions.”

With experiences gained from his research and education, Bonifacio plans to continue teaching as well as work for InFluidS LLC, the company that developed from the Innovation Challenge.

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