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Erica Cherry Kemmerling

Assistant Teaching Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Erica Cherry Kemmerling

Assistant Teaching Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-7950
Robinson Hall, Room 172
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
medical engineering, fluid mechanics

Erica 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.

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2019-present: Assistant Teaching Professor
  • 2015-2019: Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Interests: 

Erica 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: (1) Provide information to doctors that will help them diagnose and treat patients suffering from cardiovascular and respiratory disease; (2) develop and test new and/or risky medical techniques in a realistic in vitro environment before they are tested on patients; and (3) 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: 
2013: Cancer Imaging Training Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
2008: Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University
2008: Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation
2008: Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation, Stanford University
Professional Memberships: 
American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics
American Association of Physicists in Medicine