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Congratulations to Caymen Novak for winning the Silver Award at the University of Michigan's Materials Research Symposium
November 2018

Caymen Novak was selected for one of six oral presenters at the Materials Research Symposium this year and won the Silver Award for her talk on the effect of compression on ovarian cancer.



The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs highlights ECM lab Research
September 2018

ECM lab research on personalized treatment for ovarian cancer has been highlighted on the CDMRP's homepage and in an article describing our work in more detail.



Welcome Eric Horst
September 2018

Eric Horst has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan.



The ECM lab publishes in APL Bioengineering
June 2018

The ECM lab publishes their review paper on how shear forces in the body cause mechanotransduction in ovarian cancer.



Congratulations to our graduates, Elyse Fleck and Cameron Taylor!
May 2018

Congratulations to Elyse Fleck and Cameron Taylor for graduating with their Master's degrees in biomedical engineering.



Caymen Novak wins second place when presenting her research at the 2018 SWE local conference in Milwaukee
March 2018

Caymen Novak presented on the effects shear stress has on ovarian cancer in making it more invasive and chemoresistant, she won second place for her poster, oral presentation and abstract.



Caymen Novak wins three awards and prizes!
February 2018

Caymen Novak has won the Marian Sarah Parker Prize for
academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University, the Tau Beta Pi Michigan Gamma Scholarship for exemplary character, integrity and excellence, and the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.



Catherine Snyder wins 2nd place in the Functional Materials Research Poster Session at the University of Michigan's Engineering Graduate Symposium
November 2017

Catherine Snyder was awarded 2nd place in her session for her poster presentation on developing a new polymer nanoparticle synthesis method.



The ECM lab publishes in Clinical Cancer Research
November 2017

The ECM lab publishes their work on personalized medicine using patient derived hanging drop spheroids in Clinical Cancer Research.



Conference Proceedings from the 11th Biannual Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium
November 2017

Professor Mehta published two meeting reports with collaborators following the Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium on initiation and progression of ovarian cancer and on the tumor microenvironment. 



Catherine Snyder wins prize for poster at the 41st Macromolecular Science and Engineering Symposium at the University of Michigan
October 2017

Catherine Snyder won the PPG Sponsored "Best in Polymer Engineering" award for her poster on developing a new polymer nanoparticle synthesis method.



The ECM lab publishes a book chapter "Self-renewal and CSCs in vitro enrichment: growth as floating spheres" in Cancer Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols
October 2017

Working together, Pooja Mehta, Caymen Novak, Shreya Raghavan and Maria Ward have written a book chapter describing methods for cancer stem cell isolation, culturing in 3D and characterization.



The ECM lab publishes in Nature Communications
September 2017

Working with collaborators, Shreya Raghavan and Elyse Fleck publish in Nature Communications about using solvent-free vapor jet printing to print nanostructured films of common small molecule drugs.



Welcome Ciara Davis, Elyse Fleck, Cameron Taylor, Hina Aftab Khan, Alison Garrett, Zoe Gao and Elena Moore
September 2017

Ciara Davis has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in biomedical engineering from
University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Elyse Fleck
has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Cameron Taylor
has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Hina Aftab Khan has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Alison Garrett
has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Zoe Gao has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in macromolecular science and engineering.
Elena Moore has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in materials science and engineering.



Congratulations Catherine Snyder on becoming a PhD candidate
September 2017

Catherine Snyder has successfully defended her candidacy preliminary exam and has become a PhD candidate in materials science and engineering.



Congratulations to our graduate, Bashar Salah
May 2017

Congratulations to Bashar Salah for graduating with his Master's degree in biomedical engineering.



The ECM lab has moved to our new lab space in NCRC
January 2017

After several months of planning and then a week of very busy packing and unpacking, the ECM lab has made its new home in building 28 of NCRC!



Congratulations Sarah Snyder on becoming a PhD candidate
January 2017

Sarah Snyder has successfully defended her candidacy preliminary exam and has become a PhD candidate in materials Science and engineering.



Congratulations to our graduate, Zainab Harissa
December 2016

Congratulations to Zainab Harissa for graduating with her Master's degree in biomedical engineering.



Congratulations Caymen Novak on becoming a PhD candidate
December 2016

Caymen Novak has successfully defended her candidacy preliminary exam and has become a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering.



Maria Ward is accepted as a Master's student
November 2016

Maria Ward was successfully accepted as a Master's student in the materials science and engineering department here at the University of Michigan and will continue to work in the ECM lab.



Sarah Snyder is awarded Top Three at Biomaterials Day held at Case Western University for her oral presentation
October 2016

Sarah Snyder was awarded Top Three for her oral presentation on paper-based, open channel microfluidic devices during the student speaker session at Case Western's Biomaterials Day.



Caymen Novak is awarded Best Overall Poster at the 40th Macromolecular Science and Engineering Symposium
October 2016

Caymen Novak won Best Overall Poster for her work studying the effect of shear stress on ovarian cancer cells.



Welcome Michael Bregenzer, Siddharth Borsadia and Sweta Sahoo
September 2016

Michael Bregenzer has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in biomedical engineering from the University of Delaware.
Siddharth Borsadia has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in materials Science and engineering from Rutgers University.
Sweta Sahoo has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.



The ECM lab publishes in Advanced Functional Materials
June 2016

We publish our work on paper-based, open channel microfluidic devices in Advanced Functional Materials.



Welcome Eric Horst
May 2016

Eric Horst has graduated from the University of Michigan's biomedical engineering program and has stayed on in the ECM lab as a research staff member.



The ECM lab publishes in Oncotarget
February 2016

Working together, many members of the ECM lab contribute to publishwork on various methods of culturing 3D cell spheroids of ovarian and breast cancers in Oncotarget.



Congratulations to our graduate, Pratik Holla
December 2015

Congratulations to Pratik Holla for graduating with his Master's degree in biomedical engineering.



Welcome Catherine Snyder, Bashar Salah and Zainab Harissa
September 2015

Catherine Snyder has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida.
Bashar Salah has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Zainab Harissa has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.



The ECM lab publishes in Gynecologic Oncology
July 2015

The ECM lab publishes their work on developing small cell number 3D ovarian cancer spheroids using a hanging drop method developed in the lab.



Congratulations to our graduate, Radha Arghal
April 2015

Congratulations to Radha Arghal for graduating with her Master's degree in biomedical engineering.



Welcome Pooja Mehta
February 2015

Pooja Mehta has joined the ECM lab as a research staff member.



Congratulations to our graduate, Katarina Klusman
December 2014

Congratulations to Katarina Klusman for graduating with her Master's degree in biomedical engineering.



Welcome Caymen Novak, Sarah Snyder, Pratik Holla and Nathan Tinetti
September 2014

Caymen Novak has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in biomedical engineering from Oakland University.
Sarah Snyder has joined the ECM lab as a PhD student in materials science and engineering from Rutgers University.
Pratik Holla has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Nathan Tinetti has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.



Welcome Dr. Shreya Raghavan 
July 2014

Dr. Shreya Raghavan has joined the ECM lab as a postdoctoral research fellow in Materials Science and Engineering.



Welcome Maria Ward
May 2014

Maria Ward has joined the ECM lab as a research staff member.



Welcome Brittany Gnewknowski, Katarina Klusman, Radha Arghal and Dr. Kathleen Ignatosoki
September 2013

Brittany Gnewknowski has joined the ECM lab as a research staff member.
Katarina Klusman has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Radha Arghal has joined the ECM lab as a Master's student in biomedical engineering.
Dr. Kathleen Ignatosoki has joined the ECM lab as a research staff member.



Engineered Cellular and Microenvironments Lab is launched at the University of Michigan!
September 2013

Professor Mehta has founded the ECM lab!