Academics

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Houston

I was very fortunate to join Dr. Pradeep Sharma’s research group. Dr. Sharma is a very successful and well-known scientist in the mechanics community with numerous international awards to his credit. I am doing cutting-edge research in the broadly defined area of biophysics. My doctoral work involves the investigation of magnetoelectricity in soft materials, flexoelectricity and electromechanical coupling, homogenization of composites and the use of molecular dynamics to investigate drug-cell interactions. In that sense, the doctoral research is a beautiful challenge and an extremely satisfying intellectual experience.

Bachelor Degree, Tunisia Polytechnic School

I received my bachelor degree from Tunisia Polytechnic School. Joining Tunisia Polytechnic School (TPS) was a highly competitive process. Each year, the college selects the 50 best students (1% of total engineering candidates across the country) based on a national examination involving two years of intensive courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry. TPS is the top engineering school in Tunisia and widely regarded as the best in North Africa. It provides the students with multidisciplinary and high-level education.

 

Publications

S. Krichen, P. Sharma, Flexoelectricity: a perspective on an unusual electromechanical coupling, invited paper (Journal of Applied Mechanics). (download pdf)

S. Krichen, L. Liu, P. Sharma, Magnetoelectric effects in biological cells, in submission.

S. Krichen, L. Liu, P. Sharma, Effective elastic properties of heterogeneous membranes, in submission.

S. Krichen, M. Zelisko, P. Sharma, Toxicity implications of long-term Ibuprofen treatment on biological cells, in preparation.

 

Conference Presentations

Dec, 2015
International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Tunisia.
Modification of the Helfrich Hamiltonian in the presence of proteins and implications for the statistical mechanics of membranes.

Nov, 2015
ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston.
Modification of the Helfrich Hamiltonian in the presence of proteins and implications for the statistical mechanics of membranes.

Oct, 2015
SES Conference, Texas A&M University.
Magneto-electric effects on membranes.

Jun, 2015
MacMat 2015 Seattle
Modification of the Helfrich Hamiltonian in the presence of proteins and implications for the statistical mechanics of membranes.

Dec, 2014
ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Montreal. Interaction between lipid bilayer rafts and their stability.