Bioengineering Research Center

Sarah Kieweg, Ph.D.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Primary office:
Learned Hall
Room 3144D

Dr. Kieweg joined the School of Engineering in 2006. Since 2007, she has held a courtesy position in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the KU School of Medicine.

Dr. Kieweg was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar (2007 – 2011) and is the Principal Investigator on a 5-year NIH phased R21/R33 award, funded through the NIH Microbicide Innovation Program. As co-PI on a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation, she is conducting high performance computational simulations of thin film flow of non-Newtonian fluids to enable the rational design of microbicide delivery vehicles. Other projects include the development of mathematical models of relevant transport phenomena to design nanomedicines for microbicide drug delivery. Additional funding includes a Kauffman Foundation/Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation proof-of-concept award for a device that will automatically vitrify reproductive cells and tissue to preserve fertility in cancer patients.


Dr. Kieweg conducts research in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics with applications in biomechanics, primarily to improve the drug delivery of anti-HIV microbicides. Her research also has applications in women’s health including instrument design, soft tissue mechanics of the female pelvic floor, and the biomechanics of delivery.

Research Interests

  • Biofluids
  • Drug Delivery
  • Transport Phenomena

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