Are you an undergraduate at the University of Michigan interested in working as a mentee in the ECM lab? Please read through and submit the following interest form to apply to be paired with one of our wonderful graduate students! No experience required. 

ECM Lab Mentee Interest Form

Primary Investigator

Dr. Geeta Mehta

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Rogel Cancer Center, Precision Health

Office: 3044W Building 28, North Campus Research Complex


Phone: (734) 763-3957

B.E. Honors: Chemical Engineering, Panjab University (2001)

M.S.: Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Michigan State University (2004)

Ph.D: Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2008)

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008 - 2010)

Assistant Research Scientist: Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2010 - 2013)

Assistant Professor: Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Rogel Cancer Center, Center for Organogenesis (2013-2020)

Professor Mehta uses biomaterials and microtechnology as tools to create engineered cellular microenvironments in order to study biological problems in the areas of gynecologic malignancies: ovarian cancers and breast cancers. Her research strengths are in the areas of cancer microenvironments, stem cell engineering, tissue regeneration, microfluidics, biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. With joint appointments in MSE and BME, she leverages these strengths to develop strong Interdisciplinary teams, which work creating significant contributions in the fields of cancer bioengineering, mechanobiology, stem cell engineering, heterogeneous tumor microenvironments, as well as, drug development and delivery. Her research group emphasizes both fundamental as well as applied research, and involves extensive multidisciplinary and interdepartmental collaborations within UMich and all over the world.

Research Associates

  Yeye Zhang

Yeye is currently working on overcoming PARP inhibitor-resistant HGSC (high-grade serous carcinoma) spheroids with a combination treatment and examining the role of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in HGSC spheroids via the use of a 3D hanging drop plate.  

PhD Students

Eric Horst

Biomedical Engineering

Taylor Repetto

Materials Science and Engineering

Katie Burkhard

Biomedical Engineering

Raneem Ahmad

Chemical Engineering

Raneem is interested in studying the role of the fluid mechanics and ECM of the fallopian tube in carcinogenesis of ovarian cancer. 

Nina Treacher

Biomedical Engineering

Isha Bhorkar

Biomedical Engineering

Zoe Meyer

Materials Science and Engineering

Masters Students

Kristina Chu

Biomedical Engineering

Zequan Lin

Biomedical Engineering

Vatsala Singh

Biomedical Engineering 

Undergraduate Students

Liam Cotter, MSE

Mihika Rayan, BME

Group Alumni

Post-Doc & Lab Staff Alumni

Shreya Raghavan, Ph.D Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Binita Shrestha, Ph.D Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Kathleen Ignatoski, Ph.D Research Lab Specialist Intermediate 

Brittany Gnewknowski Lab Technician

Pooja Mehta Research Staff

Ph.D Alumni

Sarah Snyder, Ph.D Materials Science and Engineering

Caymen Novak, Ph.D Biomedical Engineering

Catherine Synder, Ph.D Materials Science and Engineering

Michael Bregenzer, Ph.D Biomedical Engineering

Ciara Davis, Ph.D Biomedical Engineering

Masters Alumni

Katarina Klusman M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Nicholas Cobane         M.S. Biomedial Engineering

Radha Arghal M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Pratik Holla M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Nathan Tinetti M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Elyse Fleck M.S. & B.S. Biomedical Engineering

Zainab Harissa M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Bashar Salah M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Maria Ward Rashidi M.S. Materials Science and Engineering

Cameron Taylor M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Hina Aftab Khan M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Sweta Sahoo M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Alison Garrett M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Zoe Gao M.S. Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Elena Moore M.S. Materials Science and Engineering

Siddharth Borsadia M.S. Materials Science and Engineering