Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Kambiz VafaiKambiz Vafai


Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
Bourns Hall /A363
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-2899
Fax: (951) 827-2899
Email: vafai@engr.ucr.edu



PhD 1980 University of California, Berkeley
MS 1977 University of California, Berkeley
BSc 1975 University of Minnesota

College/Division Affiliation:

Bourns College of Engineering 

Areas Of Expertise:

Transport through Porous Media; Heat and Mass Transfer; Fluid Mechanics; Transport through Arteries; PCR; Biodetection; Modeling of Biological Tissues; Biofilms

Awards / Honors:

2011 Honorary Membership Award by InterPore, the International Society for Porous Media
2006 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2004-present ISI Highly Cited Researcher (only 230 scientists are cited in engineering field worldwide). 
2003 Fellow, World Innovation Foundation (WIF)
2002 Fellow, AAAS (American Association for Advancement of Science)
1999 Classic Paper Award, ASME Heat Transfer Division
1992 Fellow, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Research Summary:

My research has had a pioneering impact on a number of applications and industrial sectors such as transport through porous media, cooling of high heat flux electronic devices, power electronic components, aircraft brake housing, heat transfer regulation and augmentation, landmine detection, target design and modeling for medical applications, multiphase applications, open-ended structures, high energy release and storage, filtration, manufacturing and processing and low pressure turbines. Due to the nature of my research in porous media, I have been involved in some medical applications, which can be modeled or can be approximated as transport through porous media such as simulation of macromolecule transport through arteries or the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the early detection of brain strokes. He is also involved in developing biosensors for biological detection. My current research interests are in heat transfer and fluid flow modeling such as thermal design and modeling (computational and experimental), feasibility, optimization and parametric studies for various biological applications.

Selected Publications:

List of Publications from PubMed or  List of publications from Personal Website

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director