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Who am I

I currently work as a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My mentor here at U-M is Professor Shravan Veerapaneni. I obtained my PhD in Mechanical Engineering at University of Southern California in the year of 2017, supervised by Professor Eva Kanso . Before I started pursuing my PhD degree, I obtained my B.E. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua Univeristy (China) and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from USC in 2010 and 2012 respectively. I also obtained a M.S. degree in Computer Science from USC. A recent CV can be found here (last updated Jun 2020).

You can also check out my profiles at Research Gate and Google Scholar.

What do I do

I am interested in mathematical modeling of complex systems, in particular bio-medical flows (see more in Research page). I am also excited about developing high fidelity computational algorithms. My current project focuses on developing a quantitative framework of modeling ciliary transport in health and disease. This framework applies quantitative measures that link cilia mechanics to function in both healthy and diseased states, and tries to bridge the gap between biologists and physicists. I use regularized Stokeslet method, immersed boundary method, and tools from computer sciences (machine learning, for example) to tackle these research questions.

I also contribute in the research about the affinity measure for complex networks. The work can be applied to, but not limited to, cancer gene mutations and natural language processing. This work is lead by Professor Jun Guo in Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT).


I was nominated for the 2020 Golden Apple Award.

Winter 2021: MATH 371 Numerical Methods

Fall 2020: MATH 156 Applied Honors Calculus II (Two sections)

Winter 2020: MATH 285 Honors Multivariable & Vector Calculus

Fall 2019: MATH 156 Applied Honors Calculus II (Two sections)

Winter 2019: MATH 285 Honors Multivariable & Vector Calculus

Fall 2018: MATH 115 Calculus I (Two sections)


Optimal ciliary locomotion of axisymmetric microswimmers. Hanliang Guo, Hai Zhu, Ruowen Liu, Marc Bonnet, Shravan Veerapaneni. Journal of Fluid Mechanics.[ pdf ] [ link ]

Intracellular coupling modulates biflagellar synchrony. Hanliang Guo, Yi Man, Kirsty Wan, Eva Kanso. Journal of Royal Society Interface.[ pdf ] [ link ]

Optimal slip velocities of micro-swimmers with arbitrary axisymmetric shapes. Hanliang Guo, Hai Zhu, Ruowen Liu, Marc Bonnet, Shravan Veerapaneni. Journal of Fluid Mechanics.[ pdf ] [ link ]

Simulating cilia-driven mixing and transport in complex geometries. Hanliang Guo, Hai Zhu, Shravan Veerapaneni. Physical Review Fluids, 5: 053103 (2020).[ pdf ] [ link ]

Instability-driven Oscillations of Elastic Microfilaments. Feng Ling, Hanliang Guo, Eva Kanso. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 15: 20180594 (2018).[ pdf ][ link ]

Bistablility in the synchronization of actuated microfilaments. Hanliang Guo, Lisa Fauci, Michael Shelley, Eva Kanso. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 836 pp.304-323 (2018).[ pdf ][ link ]

Motile cilia create fluid-mechanical microhabitats for the active recruitment of the host microbiome. Janna Nawroth*, Hanliang Guo*, Eric Koch, Elizabeth A. Heath-Heckman, John C. Hermanson, Edward Ruby, John Dabiri, Eva Kanso, Margaret McFall-Ngai. PNAS 114 (36), 9510-9516 (2017). (*: equal contribution) [ pdf ] [ pdf+SI ] [ link ]

Work featured in PNAS In This Issue, USC News, LabAnimal, BPoD.

A computational study of mucociliary transport in healthy and diseased environments. Hanliang Guo, Eva Kanso. European Journal of Computational Mechanics, 26, 4-30 (2017). [ pdf ] [ link ]

Evaluating efficiency and robustness in cilia design. Hanliang Guo, Eva Kanso. Phys. Rev. E, 93, 033119 (2016). [ pdf ] [ link ]

Cilia beating patterns are not hydrodynamically optimal. Hanliang Guo, Janna Nawroth, Yang Ding, Eva Kanso. Phys. Fluids, 26, 091901 (2014). [ pdf ] [ link ]

Inferring the Temporal Order of Cancer Gene Mutations in Individual Tumor Samples. Jun Guo, Hanliang Guo, Zhanyi Wang. PLoS ONE, 9(2): e89244 (2014).[ pdf ] [ link ]

An Activation Force-based Affinity Measure for Analyzing Complex Networks. Jun Guo, Hanliang Guo, Zhanyi Wang. Sci. Rep. 1, 113 (2011). [ pdf ] [ link ]


I am a big sports fan in general. I love watching ball games from soccer, basketball, to american football (Fight on USC! Go Blue!).

I also do slow casual readings. The most recent one I have been reading is "The mathematical methanic" by Mark Levi.

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