The aim of our research is to understand the relationship between airflows in the lung and respiratory diseases. In particular, we use computational fluid dynamics techniques to simulate patient-specific airflows in healthy lungs and those in diseased lungs with lower-airway obstructions. This approach will provide a foundation for the development of non-invasive tools to diagnose diseases of the lower airways.
Sul, B., A. Wallqvist, M. J. Morris, J. Reifman, and V. Rakesh. A computational study of the respiratory airflow characteristics in normal and obstructed human airways. Computers in Biology and Medicine. 2014 September 1; 52:130-143. [PDF]