Dr Sepideh Khodaparast

Dr Sepideh Khodaparast


I am a Univeristy Academic Fellow at School of Mechanical Engineering. I am a mechanical engineer by training, with expertise in thermo-fluids.
I obtained my master (2008-2010) and PhD (2010-2014) degrees from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In 2015, I received a Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship to work on fluid interactions with bacterial cells and their colonies at Complex Fluids Group, Princeton University, USA. In 2017-2019, I was a research associate at Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London wokring on development of microfluidic approaches for formulation industries. 

Awards and fellowships:

  • Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Early Career Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award (2019-2020)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation Early Mobility Fellowship (2015-2017)


  • Leeds Institute of Fluid Dynamics (LIFD) seed-corn funding (2021-2022)
  • Royal Society Research Grant (2021-2022)


Research interests

My research focuses on a variety fundamental and applied fluid mechanic problems, where often interaction with other colloidal and soft material is significant. I employ experimental techniques to study complex fluids and flow problems across length scales, from nanoscale molecular analyses to quantitative measurements in micro- and macro-scale flows. 

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  • PhD (2010-2014) mechanical engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • MSc (2008-2010) mechanical engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • BSc (2002-2008) mechanical engineering, University of Tehran, Iran

Professional memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Student education

I am module leader for MECH5465M Experimental Methods and Analysis.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Thermofluids

Current postgraduate researchers

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    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1284-biomimetic-low-friction-antifouling-coatings">Biomimetic low-friction antifouling coatings</a></li> <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1469-fabrication-of-antibacterial-nanopatterned-coatings-inspired-by-wings-of-insects">Fabrication of antibacterial nanopatterned coatings inspired by wings of insects</a></li>