Associate Professor Gwynn Elfring has been awarded one of six UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships, as part of UBC’s 2021 Faculty Research Awards. The awards celebrate research excellence from across the university’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships specifically support “early-career researchers ready to launch the next stage of their careers.” Dr. Elfring researches the mechanics of soft matter, which behaves differently from both solids and non-viscous fluids, and is important to understand when studying organic materials such as cells or membranes. He leads the Soft Matter Group which does interdisciplinary work “at the interface between applied mathematics, physics, engineering and biology,” and is part of the larger UBC Laboratory for Complex and Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow.
Dr. Elfring is one of three UBC Engineering faculty members to be recognized with a Faculty Research Award, alongside Civil Engineering’s Dr. Nemkumar Banthia, and Dr. Anna Blakney from the School of Biomedical Engineering. Read the announcement from the Faculty of Applied Science for more.