Background and activities

As a Theoretical and Computational Biophysicist, I am inspired by the application of geometry and mechanics to natural phenomena. My PhD thesis, Flexoelectric Fluid Membranes in External Electric Fields, concerns biological membranes, which are highly inhomogeneous membranes with a focus on complex biological structures such as the cell membrane. I have investigated the interplay of geometry and mechanics with the help of sophisticated numerical simulations (Finite Element Simulations) and sophisticated analytical calculations. Specifically, I studied the conformations of spherically confined flexoelectric fluid membrane vesicles in an external electric field.

My postdoc interest involves the generation of complex models by assembling ontology-defined entity models or programmed domain-specific closed solutions such as molecular modelling or computational fluid dynamics as well as systems technology and applications of computers.

Scientific, academic and artistic work


  • Abtahi, Niloufar; Preisig, Heinz A.. (2021) ProMo variable/equation Ontology-based systemmodelling. Computer-aided chemical engineering. vol. 50.
  • Abtahi, Niloufar; Presig, Heinz. (2021) Ontologies In Computational Engineering. 14th WCCM & ECCOMAS Congress 2020 ; Paris. 2021-01-11 - 2021-01-15.
  • Abtahi, Niloufar; Presig, Heinz. (2021) ProMo variable/equation Ontology-based system modelling. ESCAPE31 . Computer Aided Process Engineering; Koc University, Istanbul. 2021-06-06 - 2021-06-09.