Jessica Oakes

Assistant Professor,  Bioengineering



  • 229 ISEC
  • 617.373.7080

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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

Selected Research Projects

  • Coupling MRI with Modeling to Assess Treatment Feasibility in Asthma
    • – Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Health Consequences Following Firefighter Exposure to Wildland Fire Smoke
    • – Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security, Federal
  • Emergency Management Agency, Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program Pulmonary Health Consequences Following E-Cigarette Exposure
    • – Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health

College Research Initiatives

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


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, […]


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.


Mar 23, 2017

FY18 TIER 1 Award Recipients

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.

Sep 01, 2016

New Faculty Spotlight: Jessica Oakes

Jessica Oakes joins the Bioengineering department in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

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