Jifu Tan, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: EB 116
Office Phone: 815-753-7250
Email: jifutan@niu.edu


  • Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, Lehigh University (2015)
  • M.S. in mechanical engineering, Lehigh University (2012)
  • B.E. with honors in structural engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University (2007)

Research Interests

  • Blood flow simulation
  • Drug delivery
  • Cellular mechanics
  • Tumor cell detection
  • Microfluidics design
  • Multiphase flow
  • Parallel computing
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Finite element methods
  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Lattice Boltzmann method
  • Immersed boundary method

Honors and Awards

  • Top 3 poster presentation at the 45th Annual Philadelphia Workshop on Hemostasis, Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis (2016)
  • Rossin Doctor Fellow, Lehigh University (2012)
  • Consortium for Nanomaterials for Aerospace Commerce and Technology (CONTACT) research grant award, Rice University (2010)

Review Activities

  • Applied Mathematical Modelling
  • American Journal of Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
  • Journal of Fluids and Structures
  • Computers & Fluids
  • Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

Selected Publications

  • S. Sohrabi, S. Wang, J. Tan, Y. Liu, "Nanoparticle Transport and Delivery in a Heterogeneous Pulmonary Vasculature", Journal of Biomechanics, 50, p240-247, 2017. 
  • Y. Zhou, S. Sohrabi, J. Tan, Y. Liu, "Mechanical Properties of Nanoworm Assembled by DNA and Nanoparticle Conjugates", J. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,16(6), p5447-5456, 2016. 
  • J. Tan, W. Keller, Y. Liu, "Characterization of Nanoparticle Dispersion in Red Blood Cell Suspension by Lattice Boltzmann–Immersed Boundary Method", Nanomaterials, 6, 30, 2016. 
  • A. Thomas, J. Tan, Y. Liu, "Characterization of nanoparticle delivery in microcirculation using a microfluidic device", Microvascular Research, Vol 94, p17-27, 2014. 
  • S. Wang, Y. Zhou, J. Tan, J. Xu, J. Yang, Y. Liu, "Computational modeling of magnetic nanoparticle targeting to stent surface under high gradient field", Computational Mechanics, Vol 53(3), p403-512, 2014. 
  • J. Tan, S. Wang, Y. Liu, "Coupled particulate and continuum model for nanoparticle targeted delivery", Computers & Structures, Vol 122, p128–134, 2013. 
  • J. Tan, S. Shah, A. Thomas, D. Ou-Yang, Y. Liu, "The influence of size, shape and vessel geometry on nanoparticle distribution", Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Vol 14, p77-87, 2013. 
  • Y. Wan, Y.Liu, P. Allen, W. Asghar, A. Mahmood, J. Tan, H. Duhon, Y. Kim, A. Ellington, S. Iqbal,"Capture, isolation and release of cancer cells with aptamer-functionalized glass bead array", Lab on a Chip, Vol 12(22), p4693-4701, 2012. 
  • Y. Liu, S. Shah, J. Tan, "Computational modeling of nanoparticle targeted drug delivery", Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol 1(1), p66-83, 2012. 
  • Y. Liu, J. Tan, A. Thomas, D. Ou-Yang, V. Muzykantov, "The shape of things to come: importance of design in nanotechnology for drug delivery", Therapeutic Delivery, Vol 3(2), p181-194, 2012. 
  • J. Tan, A. Thomas, and Y. Liu, "Influence of red blood cells on nanoparticle targeted delivery in microcirculation", Soft Matter, Vol 8(6), p1934-1946, 2012. 
  • Y. Wan, J. Tan, W. Asghar, Y. Kim, Y. Liu, S. Iqbal, "Velocity effect on aptamers-based circulating tumor cell isolation in microfluidic devices", The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol 115 (47), p13891–13896, 2011. 
  • S. Kona, J. Dong, Y. Liu, J. Tan, K. Nguyen, "Biodegradable nanoparticles mimicking platelet binding as a targeted and controlled drug delivery system", International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Vol 423(2), p516-24, 2011.

Selected Conference Presentations and Posters

  • "Coupling lattice Boltzmann fluid solver with molecular dynamics using multiple CPUs", Society of Engineering Science Annual Technical Meeting, Maryland, MD, Oct., 2016 
  • "Lattice Boltzmann method and its applications in soft matter", invited talk at the division of applied mathematics at Brown University, Providence, RI, May, 2015 
  • "Mesoscale simulation in soft matter: Numerical studies in drug delivery and tumor cell detection", Lehigh University High Performance Computing Symposium, Bethlehem, PA, Apr. 2015 
  • "Coupled particulate and continuum model for nanoparticle targeted delivery", 7th M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid & Solid Mechanics, Boston, MA, Jun. 2013 
  • "Influence of Red Blood Cells on Nanoparticle Targeted Delivery in Microcirculation", ASME 2nd global congress on nanoengineering for medicine & biology, Boston, MA, Feb. 2013 
  • "Coupling LAMMPS with lattice Boltzmann fluid solver: theory, implementation, and applications", symposium of molecular dynamics of materials from assembly to fracture at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 2016 
  • "Nanoparticle targeted delivery in microcirculation: modeling and experiments", Biophysical Society Pennsylvania Network Meeting, Bethlehem, PA, Sep. 2012 
  • "Characterization of Nanoparticle Distribution in Microcirculation: the Influence of Blood Cells and Vascular Geometry", 38th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Mar. 2012 
  • "Characterization of Nanoparticle Distribution in Microcirculation Through a Microfluidics Device", ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Farmington, PA, Jun. 2011

Work Experience

  • Assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University (2017-present)
  • Postdoctoral scholar, University of Pennsylvania (2015-2017)
  • Research and teaching assistant, Lehigh University (2010-2015)
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