Jessica Oakes

Associate Professor,  Bioengineering



  • 229 ISEC
  • 617.373.7080

Research Focus

Pulmonary physiology, biofluids and transport phenomenon, computational biomechanics, magnetic resonance imaging, multi-scale modeling


  • 2013 University of California, San Diego, PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 2008 Rochester Institute of Technology, MS in Mechanical Engineering

Research Overview

Pulmonary physiology, biofluids and transport phenomenon, computational biomechanics, magnetic resonance imaging, multi-scale modeling

Respiratory Innovation and Simulation Team (RESIST)

We combine state-of-the-art experimental and numerical methods to quantify the health impacts of inhaled toxins (e.g. e-cigs) or to optimize inhaled therapeutics.

Respiratory Innovation and Simulation Team (RESIST)

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Dong, Melody, Oakes, Jessica M., Bellini, Chiara, Rayz, Vitaliy L., LaDisa, John F., Parker, Dave, Wilson, Nathan M., Shadden, Shawn C., Marsden, Alison L., Goergen, Craig J., Boster, Kimberly A. Stevens (2020). Integrated Image-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling Software as an Instructional Tool. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 142(11). 10.1115/1.4047479
  • J.M. Oakes, D.G. Mummy, K. Poorbahrami, W. Zha, S. Fain Patient-Specic Computational Simulations of Hyperpolarized 3He MRI Ventilation Defects in Healthy and Asthmatic Subjects, IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, 66, 2019, 1318-1327
  • K. Poorbahrami, J.M. Oakes, Regional Flow and Deposition Variability in Adult Female Lungs: A Numerical Simulation Pilot Study, Clinical Biomechanics, 66, 2019, 66: 40-49
  • J.M. Oakes, S.C. Roth, S.C. Shadden, Airflow Simulations in Infant, Child, and Adult Pulmonary Conducting Airways, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 46, 2018, 498-512
  • J.M. Oakes, S.C. Shadden, C. Grandmont, I.E. Vignon-Clementel, Aerosol Transport Throughout Inspiration and Expiration in the Pulmonary Airways, International Journal of Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 33, 2017, e2847
  • J.M. Oakes, P. Hofemeier, I.E. Vignon-Clementel, J. Sznitman, Aerosols in Healthy and Emphysematous In Silico Pulmonary Acinar Rat Models, Journal of Biomechanics, 49(11), 2016, 2213-2220


Jun 03, 2024

Oakes Recognized by ASME in Top 25 Early Career Professionals

American Society of Mechanical Engineers recognized BioE Associate Professor Jessica Oakes on the Watch List of top 25 early career professionals. Her ASME magazine profile highlighted her work “What happens when we inhale things?” with applications from wildfire smoke to e-cigarettes.


Aug 07, 2023

Young Scholars Program for Local High School Students Finishes Strong

High school seniors engage in diverse engineering research during Northeastern’s Young Scholars Program, mentored by COE faculty and students.


Jul 05, 2023

The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Effects of E-cigarettes and Cigarettes

BioE Associate Professors Chiara Bellini and Jessica Oakes received a $3.8 million NIH grant for “Cardiopulmonary Outcomes of Dual Cigarette and E-cigarette Use in Animal Models of Chronic Exposure.” The project will provide scientific evidence in support of data-driven e-cigarette regulation under The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, specifically concerning the health risks of dual combustible and electronic cigarette use.


Jan 25, 2023

Announcing Spring 2023 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Spring 2023 PEAK Experiences Awards. Base Camp Awardees Sophia Nguyen COE’26, “Neuromodulation of Motor Cortex’s Response to Different Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Pulse Waveforms” Mentor: Mathew Yarossi, Bouvé, Physical Therapy/Movement/Rehab Science This project seeks to use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive […]


Dec 20, 2022

Oakes Receives ASME 2023 Y.C. Fung Early Career Award

BioE Assistant Professor Jessica Oakes was selected as the 2023 Y.C. Fung Early Career Award Medalist for outstanding work in respiratory mechanics that has significantly advanced the understanding of asthma, smoking, and inhalable drug delivery, and for strong advocacy in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Jessica Oakes and Chiara Bellini


Feb 23, 2022

$3.4M NIH ONES Award to Study the Impact of Wildfire Smoke on Human Health

BioE Assistant Professors Jessica Oakes and Chiara Bellini were awarded a 5-year, $3.4M NIH grant for “Cardiopulmonary Risk Assessment from Smoke Exposure at the Wildland Urban Interface.”


Jan 30, 2020

Translating the ‘Mastermind’ Concept from Business to Academia

Assistant Professors Danielle Levac (Bouvé), Emily Zimmerman (Bouvé), Kristen Allison (Bouvé), Abigail Koppes (ChE), Sarah Ostadabbas (ECE), Jessica Oakes (BioE), and Associate Professor Eno Ebong (ChE) were awarded a 2020 ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Advancement Program (M2AP) Grant for “Translating the ‘Mastermind’ Concept from Business to Academia: Facilitating Peer mentorship among female PIs leading active research labs”.


Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckelman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew Webber, […]

Jessica Oakes and Chiara Bellini


Sep 27, 2018

Oakes & Bellini Awarded $1.5M FEMA Grant to Study Health Effects of Wildland Fire Smoke to Firefighters

BioE Assistant Professors Jessica Oakes and Chiara Bellini were awarded a $1.5M award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), administered through The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate, for examining the “Health Consequences Following Acute and Chronic Firefighter Exposure to Wildland Fire Smoke.”


Sep 26, 2018

Studying the Long-Term Health Hazards of E-Cigarettes

BioE Assistant Professors Jessica Oakes and Chiara Bellini are studying the health effects of vaping versus traditional combustible cigarettes.

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