Anne Juel is a Professor in Fluid Dynamics, and head of the Fluids and Soft Matter group in the School of Physics & Astronomy. She was awarded a D.Phil from Oxford University in 1998, followed by post-doctoral positions at the Universities of Texas at Austin (USA) and Manchester (UK). She joined the School of Mathematics in 2001 and The School of Physics & Astronomy in 2014, and held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship from 2005 to 2012.
She is also Director of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics (MCND), an inter-disciplinary research centre created by the Schools of Physics and Mathematics at Manchester. Research in MCND uses a multi-pronged approach that allies cutting edge mathematical and computational modelling with detailed quantitative experimental investigations into complex behaviour in fluids, soft matter and granular materials. AJ has led 6 EPSRC Mathematics Grants as PI, and her research often addresses practical applications through industrially-funded projects .
AJ has been interested in interfacial flows since her postdoctoral research with H. L. Swinney (UT at Austin, USA), where she revealed the existence of previously unobserved fluctuations in viscous (Saffman-Taylor) fingering. Her subsequent work on the transition to turbulence in pipe flow led to the first unambiguous measurement of the threshold amplitude of turbulence-producing perturbations (see Fitzgerald, Phys. Today, 2004). AJ’s current research focuses on fluid spreading, yield phenomena (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35809116), and front propagation in rigid and elastic channels. A recent highlight concerns the suppression of viscous fingering in an elastic Hele-Shaw cell, where she demonstrated how compliance can suppress or modify viscous fingering instabilities present in rigid-walled systems. Her contributions to this fluid-structure interaction problem were recognised by the invitation to write a review for the 2017 edition of the prestigious Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics.
AJ is associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics responsible for the Focus on Fluids feature, and board member of Proc. R. Soc. A. She was a member of the Strategic Advisory Team for EPSRC Mathematics (2015-2018), sits on the UK panel for IUTAM and the Executive Committee of the UK Fluids Network.