Qixuan Wang (UC Riverside, United States), Bhargav Rallabandi (UC Riverside, United States), Mykhailo Potomkin (UC Riverside, United States)
Microorganisms are the most abundant in nature. Their ability to move autonomously and develop diverse strategies to survive in various environments is at the core of understanding life. Motility of numerous types of microorganisms, relevant for biological and medical applications, occurs in fluids. Such microorganisms, called microswimmers and exemplified by bacteria or spermatozoa, are relevant for many biological and medical applications. Recent advances in studies of biological microswimmers have inspired development of synthetic microrobots with potential medical applications such as drug delivery, decrease of biofluid viscosity or tissue repair. In this special session, we bring together experts in this area to discuss how the state-of-the-art techniques in modeling, theory and experiments can elucidate microwimming phenomena, develop new directions in this interdisciplinary research and provide new applications of microswimmers.