Henry Fu Profile


Phone: (801) 581-4119
Office: 2563 MEK

Lab: Fluid and Biomechanics Lab

 Media: Henry Fu Publishes in Physical Review Letters & Scientific Reports | Henry Fu Receives NSF CAREER Award | Spotlight


  • A.B., Physics and Chemistry with Mathematics minor, Harvard University (2000)
  • A.M. Chemistry, Harvard University (2000)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics, Cambridge University (2001) (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of California at Berkeley (2006)
Research Interests
  • Low-Reynolds number hydrodynamics
  • Biomechanics and biophysics
  • Complex biomaterials
  • Microrobotics
Awards and Honors
  • University of Nevada, Reno Regent’s Rising Research Award (2016)
  • Ralph E. Hoeper Professorship of Engineering (2015-2016)
  • NSF CAREER Award, CBET Fluid Dynamics Program (2013-2018)
  • Advanced Light Source Predoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (2004-05)
  • University of California University Fellowship (2003-04)
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2000-03)
  • Herchel Smith Harvard Fellowship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge University (2000-01)
  • Harvard College Research Program Grant (1998-99)
  • Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1997)

Henry Fu received a master’s degree in Chemistry concurrently with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Harvard University. His master’s work included research in the field of low-temperature laser spectroscopy. He received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2006 for dissertation work on strongly correlated electron systems in condensed matter. He then redirected his research field to biological mechanics and fluid dynamics as a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Engineering at Brown University from 2006-2010. From 2010-2016 he was Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department, and from 2015-2016 also the Ralph E. Hoeper Professor of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.  In July 2016, Dr. Fu joined the University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).