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Science & Engineering Complex
Robinson Hall, Room 172

504 Boston Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Bray Laboratory
Rooms 101 and 102

Tel: 617.627.7950
Fax: 617.627.3058
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Erica Cherry Kemmerling
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2013
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
B.S., Physics, Stanford University, 2008

Professional Positions

2013-2015 Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine

Short Biography

Assistant Professor Erica Cherry Kemmerling holds a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Her graduate work focused on the dynamics of magnetic particles moving through the bloodstream for applications in magnetic drug targeting. Her postdoctoral work at Stanford University School of Medicine involved developing a medical imaging system for a new radiation therapy device that will deliver treatment in about 1/100 of the time required for current systems.

Research Interests

Professor Kemmerling's research addresses problems at the intersection of mechanical engineering and medicine, focusing on fluid flow and heat transfer in the human body. Her current work uses simulations and experiments to develop realistic models of the circulatory and respiratory systems. This research has three main goals:

  • Provide information to doctors that will help them diagnose and treat patients suffering from cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • Develop and test new and/or risky medical techniques in a realistic in vitro environment before they are tested on patients
  • Promote dialogue between the medical and engineering communities to ensure that medical engineering research remains clinically relevant.

The Kemmerling group collaborates with doctors at the Tufts Medical Center to ensure that each research project will yield results that can be directly used by the medical community.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Stanford Cancer Imaging Training Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship (2008)
  • Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2008)
  • Stanford Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation, Stanford University (2008)

Professional Society Affiliations

  • American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine