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Roseanna N. Zia
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Roseanna Zia

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Roseanna N. Zia is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 with Professor John F. Brady, for development of theory in colloidal hydrodynamics and microrheology. Zia subsequently conducted post-doctoral study of colloidal gels at Princeton University, in collaboration with Professor William B. Russel. Zia began her faculty career at Cornell in January 2013, then subsequently moved her research group to Stanford University in 2017.

Dr. Zia’s research includes developing micro-continuum theory for structure-property relationships of flowing suspensions, elucidating the mechanistic origins of the colloidal glass transition, and microscopic modeling of reversibly bonded colloidal gels, which resulted in discovery that gel aging is actually ongoing but very slow phase separation and the finding that mechanical yield of colloidal gels is actually a non-equilibrium phase transition, triggered by changes in osmotic pressure. More recently she is developing models of biological cells, examining biological processes orchestrated by colloidal-scale forces.

Dr. Zia’s work has been recognized by several awards, including the NSF PECASE Award, the NSF CAREER Award, NSF BRIGE Award, the Publication Award from the Society of Rheology, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator award, the ONR Director of Research Early Career Award, and the Engineering Sonny Yau (’72) Teaching Award. In addition, Zia serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Rheology, on the Advisory Boards of the journal Physics of Fluids and AIChE Journal.


PhD, California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering (2011)