Mingming Wu
Associate Professor

Mingming Wu




Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
306 Riley Robb
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2703


Web Sites

Biofluidics Lab Web Site


Mingming Wu received a B.S. in Physics in 1984 from Nanjing University, China, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State University in 1992.  Between 1992 and 1995, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Ecole Polytechnique, France, and UC Santa Barbara. In 1996, she joined the Physics Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles as an Assistant/Associate Professor. In 2003, she became an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at Cornell, and in 2012 she was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering.

Research Description

My research lab seeks a quantitative understanding of the biophysical principles that nature uses to build and control living systems at cellular and molecular levels, in particular through their interactions with fluids. We then use this understanding to develop technologies that improve human health and environment.


Mingming Wu and David C. Andereck, The effects of external noise on the Fr´eedericksz transition. Phys Rev Lett, 65: p. 591 -5, (1990).

Mingming Wu and David C. Andereck, Phase dynamics in the Taylor-Couette system book chapter in Ordered and Turbulent Patterns in Taylor-Couette Flow, ed. C.D. Andereck, New York: Plenum Publishing Co., (1991).

Mingming Wu and David C. Andereck, Phase dynamics of wavy vortex flow. Phys. Rev. Lett., 67: p. 1258 -62, (1991).

Mingming Wu and David C. Andereck, Phase modulation of Taylor Vortex flow. Phys. Rev. A., 43: p. 2074 -85,(1991).

Mingming Wu and David C. Andereck, Phase dynamics of the Taylor-Couette systems. Physics of Fluids, 4: p. 2432-6, (1992).

Mingming Wu, Guenter Ahlers, and David S. Cannel, Thermally induced fluctuations below the onset of Rayleigh-B´enard convection. Phys. Rev. Lett., 75: p. 1743-7, (1995).

Erin Kelley and Mingming Wu, Path instabilities of air bubbles rising in a Hele-Shaw cell. Phys.Rev.Lett., 79: p. 1265-68, (1997).

Tammy Tam, Darrick Ohata, and Mingming Wu, Dynamics of a penta-hepta defect in a hexagonal pattern. Physical Rev. E. (2000) 61: p. R9.

Mingming Wu, and Morteza Gharib, Experimental studies on the shape and path of small air bubbles rising in clean water. Physics of Fluids (2002) 14: p. 49-52.

Mingming Wu, Thomas Cubaud, and Chimin Ho, Scaling law in liquid drop coalescence driven by surface tension. Phys. Fluids (2004) 16: p. L51-54.

Mingming Wu, John. W. Roberts, and Mark Buckley, Three-dimensional fluorescent particle tracking at micron-scale using a single camera. Experiments in Fluids, 38: p. 461-465, (2005).

Mingming Wu, John Roberts, Sue Kim, Matthew P. DeLisa, Collective bacterial dynamics revealed using a population-scale defocused particle tracking imaging technique Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 72, p. 4987-94, (2006).

JinPian Diao, Lincohn Young, Sue Kim, Elizabeth A. Fogarty, Steve M. Heilman, Peng Zhou, Mike L. Shuler, Mingming Wu, DeLisa,M.P, A three-channel microfluidic device for generating static linear gradients and its application to the quantitative analysis of bacterial chemotaxis. Lab on a Chip, 6: p. 381-388l, (2006).

Shing-Yi Cheng, Steve H. Heilman, Max Wassweman, Shivaun Archer, Michael L. Shuler and Mingming Wu, A hydrogel-based microfluidic device for the studies of directed cell migration. Lab- on-a-chip, 7: p. 763-769, (2007).

Leo De La Fuente, Emily Montanes, Yizhi Meng, Tom J. Burr, Harvey C. Hoch, and Mingming Wu, Assessing adhesion forces of type I and type IV pili of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria by use of a microfluidic flow chamber. Appl Environ Microbiol, 73(8): p. 2690-6, (2007).

Qian Liao, Matthew P. DeLisa, Don Koch and Mingming Wu, Pair velocity correlations among swimming Escherichia coli bacteria are determined by force-quadrupole hydrodynamic interactions Physics of Fluids, 19: p. 061701-3, (2007).

Mingming Wu and Thomas N Sato, On the mechanics of cardiac function of Drosophila embryo, PLoS ONE, 3(12): e4045. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.00040452008, (2008).

Kevin Wong, Angel Ayuso-Sacido, Patrick Ahyow, Andrew Darling, John Boockvar and Mingming Wu, M. Assessing neural stem cell motility using an agarose gel based microfluidic device. Journal of Visualized Experiments, doi: 10.3791/674 (2008).

Haessler, U., Y. Kalinin, M.A. Swartz, and Mingming Wu, An agarose-based microfluidic platform with a gradient buffer for 3D chemotaxis studies. Biomedical Microdevices, 11(4): p. 827-35, (2009).

Yevgeniy Kalinin, Lili Jiang, Yuhai Tu, and Mingming Wu, Logarithmic sensing in Escherichia coli bacterial chemotaxis, Biophysical J, 96(6): p. 2439-48, (2009).

Kalinin, Y., Neumann, S., Soujik, V., & Mingming Wu. Responses of Escherichia coli Bacteria to two opposing chemoattractant gradients depend on the chemoreceptor ratio, Journal of Bacteriology, 192, 1796-1800 (2010).

Rong Long, Matthew S. Hall, Mingming Wu, and Chung-Yuen Hui, Effects of gel thickness on microscopic indentation measurements of gel modulus, Biophysical Journal, 108, 5614-5619 (2011).

Ulrike Haessler, Marco Pisano, Mingming Wu and Melody A. Swartz, Dendritic cell chemotaxis in 3D under defined chemokine gradients reveals differential response to CCL21 and CCL19, PNAS 108 (14) 5614-5619 (2011).

Matthew S. Hall, Rong Long, Chung-Yuen Hui and Mingming Wu, Mapping 3D stress and strain fields within a soft hydrogel using a fluorescence microscope, Biophys J.,102, 2241-2250 (2012).

Beum Jun Kim and Mingming Wu, Microfluidics for mammalian cell chemotaxis. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 40, 1316-1327 (2012). Invited Review.