Tamar Shinar is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, where she co-leads the Riverside Graphics Lab. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University in 2008, where she developed techniques for physics-based animation of solids, fluids, and solid-fluid coupling. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Courant Institute at NYU, where she developed mathematical and computational models of cell biomechanics. Her research interests center on physics-based animation, with a particular focus on solid-fluid coupling. At UCR, she teaches courses on computer graphics, scientific computing, and physics-based animation.