Donald P. Gaver, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
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Alden J. “Doc” Laborde Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
New Orleans, LA 70118
Office: Lindy Boggs 534
Phone: (504) 865-5150
Glindmeyer, H.W. IV, B.J. Smith and D.P. Gaver III. In situ enhancement of pulmonary surfactant
function using temporary flow reversal. J Appl Physiol. 2012 Jan;112(1):149-58. Epub 2011 Oct 13.
Zamir, M., J.E. Moore Jr., H. Fujioka, and D.P. Gaver. Biofluid mechanics of special organs and the issue of
system control. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 38(3): 1204-1215, March 2010.
Smith, B.J., and D.P. Gaver. Agent-based computational simulations of droplet dynamics in a two-branch
microfluidic network. Lab on Chip, DOI: 10.1039/b916380h, 2010.
Pillert, J.E. and D.P. Gaver III. Physicochemical effects enhance surfactant trasnport in pusatile motion of
a semi-infinite bubble. Biophysical Journal, 96: 312-327, 2009.
Williams, H.A.R., L.J. Fauci and D.P. Gaver. Evaluation of interfacial fluid dynamic stresses using the immersed
boundary method. Discrete and Continous Dynamical Systems, 11(2): 519-540, 2009.
Yamaguchi, E., B.J. Smith and D.P. Gaver. μ-PIV measurements of the ensemble flow fields surrounding
a migrating semi-infinite bubble. Experiments in Fluids, 43: 309-320, 2009.
1988 Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL., Thesis advisor: Dr. James B. Grotberg.
1985 M.S., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL., Thesis advisor: Dr. James B. Grotberg.
1982 B.A., Physics, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA.
1982 B.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
1988-1990 Pulmonary Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (7/06-)
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (7/99-)
Associate Director, Center for Computational Sciences at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (7/06- and 4/01-9/03)
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (7/98-)
Assistant Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (7/98-6/06)
Director, Center for Computational Sciences at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (9/03-6/06)
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (7/93-6/99)
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (1/90-6/93)
Pulmonary Research Fellow, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. (7/88-12/89)
Graduate Research Assistant, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, MI. (6/86-9/86)
Technical Aide, Tetra Tech. Inc., Pasadena, CA. (6/81-9/81)
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Research Assistant sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Supervisor: Dr. G. Paul Neitzel. (6/80-9/80)
Research Assistant, Systems Exploration Inc., Monterey, CA. (6/78-9/78)
Scientific and Honorary Associations
Biomedical Engineering Society
American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Engineering Education
Awards and Honors
Tulane President's Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching (2010)
GAPSA John Stibbs Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, Tulane University (2008)
Teacher of the Year, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University (2008)
Teacher of the Year, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University (2007)
Alden J. “Doc” Laborde Chair of Biomedical Engineering (2006-)
Teacher of the Year, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University (2005)
Tulane Provost’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (2005)
Appointed Member of NIH Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems Study Section (2005-2008)
Elected to College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2002)
Society of Tulane Engineers and Lee H. Johnson Award for Teaching Excellence (1998)
National Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation) (1993-98)
Teacher of the Year, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University (1992)
Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research (1990-93)
Studenski Memorial Travel Award (Caltech) (1982)
Tulane University Senator (2002-2008)
Faculty Representative to Tulane University Board of Administrators (2005-2008)
University Senate Computing Committee (Member 9/98-2000, 2006-, Deputy Chair, 2001-2002, Chair 2002-2005)
University Search Committee for Vice President of Information Technology (2001, Chair 2001-2002)
University Search Committee for Senior Associate Vice President for Research (2002-2004)
Search Committee for Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources (1999-2000)
School of Engineering Research and Graduate Studies Committee, Chair (2002-2005)
School of Engineering Faculty Member of Junior Faculty Mentoring Group (2005-2006)
School of Engineering Graduate Research Committee (1996-2005)
School of Science and Engineering Graduate Committee (2006-)
School of Engineering, Engineering Forum Planning Committee (2003)
Department of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Research Committee, Chair (2000-)
Search Committee for Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2000, 2002)
School of Engineering Promotion and Tenure (Member, 1999-2000, Chair, 2000-2001)
Tulane Graduate School Academic Performance Committee (2000-2001)
Engineering Science Committee (1997-1999)
Senate Budget Committee (1993-1995)
Tulane 2000 Advisory Committee (1995-1996)
Dean's Advisory Committee (1992-1995)
Engineering Computing Committee (1991-1992)
Faculty Advisor, Tulane Biomedical Engineering Society (1991-1995)
Permanent Member, National Institutes of Health, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems Study Section (6/2004-7/2008)
NASA Discipline Working Group on Fluid Physics (Member 2000-2002, Chair 2002-2004)
Track Chair, Respiratory Bioengineering, BMES Annual Meeting 2008
2007- : Board of Editors (Associate Editor): Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (Springer)
National Science Foundation
Petroleum Research Fund
National Institutes of Environmental and Health Sciences
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Journal of Physiology, Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Transactions of the Society of Mechanical Engineers - Journal of Fluids Engineering
American Journal of Diseases of Children
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Science Foundation Ireland
Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology