Hari Manikantan works on mathematical modeling of continuum mechanics, and is broadly interested in problems involving fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, elasticity, soft matter, numerical methods, rheology, biophysics, hydrodynamic stability, nonlinear dynamics, and pattern formation. His current research interests include the nonlinear rheology of fluid interfaces in lipid layers, emulsions, and foams; the configurational dynamics and stability of elastic microfilaments such as biopolymers; and the flow of non-Newtonian fluids in porous media with applications in plant vasculature.

Hari obtained his Masters in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics at UC San Diego. He then migrated north in the UC system first for a postdoc appointment at UC Santa Barbara, before coming to Davis.