Jane Chui

Dr Jane Chui


  • Position Governing Body Fellow Junior Research Fellow
  • School Physical Sciences Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
  • Email jane.chui@damtp.cam.ac.uk
  • Department link DAMTP

Jane is an experimentalist looking to unravel the mysteries of the living world using an interdisciplinary approach, blending biology, physics, and engineering. Her current research interests are centred on the biomechanics of motility at the microscale, specifically ciliated tissues.

Jane Chui

Jane received her Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, majoring in Energy and the Environment. She continued her academic journey at MIT, where she completed both her master’s and doctoral degrees in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She studied the effects of hydrodynamic instabilities on mixing and expanded her work to include a dimension to her experiments that is ubiquitous to any environment: bacteria. Continuing her newfound fascination with the interplay between fluid dynamics and living things, and especially the collective behaviour of microorganisms, she is now a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge as well as a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. 

Her current research focuses on the biomechanics of motility at the microscale, specifically in understanding the mechanisms involved in the synchronisation (or lack thereof) of cilia. Cilia are hair-like structures found across a large range of organisms, and their collective beating enables important functions, such as algae travelling through the earth’s oceans or mucus clearing via fluid flow generation in the human lung. 

An experimentalist at heart, Jane has an affinity for cameras and imaging of all types, from high-speed capture of cilia beating in synchrony to action shots of a heron taking off into the sunset. She also strongly believes in building a strong science community from the ground up, and so actively participates in mentoring across all academic levels (high school, undergraduate, and graduate), and regularly supervises student research projects. She is also on the organising committee for the Fluid Mechanics Seminar Series, conducted in partnership with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, the UK Fluids Network (Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics), and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 

What's on

A dark brown vase with orange symbol on in front of a blurred background of more pottery on shelves.

Art Exhibition: Ceramics in the Bernard Leach Tradition

18/05/2024 at 10.00

A display of works from the Bradshaw-Bubier studio pottery collection.

Cover of "Red Rag" magazine featuring a stylized red and black illustration of a woman with flowing hair, alongside text and a headline about women’s liberation.

Varieties of Togetherness: Some Approaches to Feminist Art History

21/05/2024 at 17.30

How might methods of feminist political organising offer transformative methods for art history? 

Two sets of hands making a pot on a pottery wheel

Show me your bowl and I’ll tell you who you are

28/05/2024 at 17.30

How can material culture be used to reconstruct ancient human stories?

Abstract marble sculpture with interconnected shapes and voids, displayed on a black pedestal against a draped white background.

Sculpture unveiling: Essay on Reticulations

28/05/2024 at 18.30

Join us for the unveiling of Essay on Reticulations, a new sculptural work at Wolfson College.

Wolfson Head Gardener in a white hat explaining features of green plants to visitors in an outdoor setting.

Wolfson Garden Tour: A World Environment Day Celebration

05/06/2024 at 16.45

What solutions is the Wolfson Garden employing to grow trees, revive water sources and rejuvinate soil?