Dr. Chih-Kuan Tung

Dr. Chih-Kuan Tung

Assistant Professor

Office: Marteena 301

Telephone: (336) 398-8668

Email: ctung@ncat.edu

Field of Specialization: Experimental Biological and Soft Condensed Matter Physics


Education and Experience

Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-2015, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Postdoctoral Associate, 2009-2011, Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2009, Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clearwater Bay, KLN, Hong Kong
PhD, 2008, Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
BS, 2002, Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


Research Interests

My research focuses on using quantitative microfluidic experiments to understand how living cells interact with their physical environment, and the underlying universal physics within those systems. By building a microfluidic model that mimics the physical environment of female reproductive tract for mammalian sperm, we work on understanding the guiding principles for surface topography and fluid flow, as well as how viscoelasticity influences sperm migration.  We also use the dynamical systems and statistical mechanics to help us draw the underlying physical principles.

Recent Presentations

  1. “Generating Large-scale Flock of Sperm in Viscoelastic Fluid”, American Physical Society March Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 6 Mar. 2018.
  2. “Fluid viscoelasticity promotes collective swimming of sperm”, Gordon Research Conference Fertilization & Activation of Development, Holderness, NH, 20 Jul 2017.
  3. “What Do Bull Sperm Know about Emergent Behaviors?”, Academia Sinica IOP Seminar, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2017.
  4. “Thermodynamic Phase Separation in a Living Active Matter System”, Physics Colloquium, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, 26 Apr. 2017.
  5. “What Do Bull Sperm Know about Emergent Behaviors?” Syracuse University Condensed Matter and Biological Physics Seminars, Syracuse, NY, 24 Mar. 2017.
  6. “Viscoelasticity promotes collective swimming of sperm”, American Physical Society March Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 14 Mar. 2017.
  7. “Emergent Behaviors in Living Systems Revealed by Microfluidic Models”, North Carolina State University Complex Matter and Biophysics Seminar, Raleigh, NC, 8 Sep 2016.
  8. “Viscoelastic fluid stimulates collective movement of bull sperm”, Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 18 Jul 2016.
  9. “Viscoelasticity promotes collective swimming of sperm”, Active and Smart Matter: A New Frontier for Science and Engineering Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 20 Jun 2016.
  10. “Collective dynamics of sperm in viscoelastic fluid”, American Physical Society March Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 17, Mar 2016.
Publications on Google Scholar and PubMed.