Anne Juel is a Professor in Fluid Dynamics, and heads 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 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 7 EPSRC Grants and a Leverhulme Trust Grant 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 wetting, complex fluids and soft solids (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35809116), and interfacial flows and instabilities 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 2018 edition of the prestigious Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics.
AJ is regularly invited to deliver lectures at conferences worldwide, including 8 keynote lectures and 9 plenary lectures since 2014. She is associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics responsible for the Focus on Fluids feature, associate editor of Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics and board member of Proc. R. Soc. A. She was a member of the Strategic Advisory Team for EPSRC Mathematics (2015-2018). She also sits on the UK panel for IUTAM, the Euromech Council, the Awards Panel for the QJMAM Fund for Applied Mathematics (from 2018), the Executive Committee of the UK Fluids Network and the advisory board of LIFD. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.