Principle Investigator

mehta-useGeeta Mehta, Ph D

Ph. D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2008)
M.S. Chemical Engineering & Material Science, Michigan State University (2004)
B.E. Honors: Chemical Engineering, Panjab University (2001)

Prof. Mehta uses biomaterials and microtechnology as tools to create engineered   cellular microenvironments in order to study biological problems in the areas of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and bone marrow stem cells.Her research strengths are in the areas of cancer microenvironments, stem cell engineering, tissue regeneration, microfluidics, biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. As an Assistant Professor in MSE, she plans to leverage these strengths to develop strong collaborations with her colleagues who are working on various facets of materials science, and together make significant contributions in the fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, as well as, drug development and delivery. She is building a research group that emphasizes both fundamental as well as applied research, and involves extensive multidisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

ShreyaShreya Raghavan, Ph. D

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (2014)
MSE, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2008)
BE, Instrumental and Control Engineering, Anna University (2006)

Dr. Raghavan is a biomedical engineer, with a strong interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Her doctoral training involved the use of extracellular matrix microenvironments to direct the differentiation of enteric neural stem cells. She also has extensive experience in using engineering-based methods to evaluate neuronal and smooth muscle physiology, developing 3D in vitro models of engineered gastrointestinal tissues, and neural stem cell differentiation. In the Mehta Lab, Shreya’s focus will be on generating physiologically relevant drug-resistant spheroid models of ovarian cancer for high throughput screening applications. In the context of breast cancer, she will also study the mechanisms behind the involvement of tumor microenvironments in chemoresistance.


394987_10151457110879045_1786693333_nMaria Ward
B.A. Chemistry and Spanish

Maria began her research career as an undergraduate student in the University of Michigan. While working within the Vascular Biology Lab, she focused on iron regulation and the role of heme oxygenase in the KK mouse, a rodent model prone to obesity and insulin resistance. This experience strengthened her interest in research, which she plans to continue. As a junior in undergrad, Maria spent a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. While there, she studied topics important to health and culture, took latin dance lessons, and tutored fellow Chilean students. Outside the lab, Maria loves to dance (especially salsa), run, and discover new music and books.

Pooja Mehta

B.A. Biophysics


Graduate Students

IMG_20150213_142832Sarah Snyder

PhD., Material Science and Engineering





Radha Arghal
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Caymen Novak
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering 

Nathan Tinetti
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering 


Undergraduate Students


Photo2Eric Horst
B.S.E., Materials Science &Engineering

My name is Eric Horst and I am an undergraduate student in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. I am currently working in Professor Mehta’s Lab to pursue interests in bio materials and human physiology. I plan on continuing my education with a masters in Biomedical Engineering and possibly an MD thereafter.  I went to high school in Basel, Switzerland and took a gap year before college where I self funded and planed a four month trip through Asia. I have volunteered and shadowed at both the Apollo Hospital in Amritsar, India and The General Hospital in Colombo Sri-Lanka. I am trained in lifeguarding, am a concert pianist and love high adventure sport. I was a rower for the University of Michigan and I medaled at the national regatta in 2012.

Katelyn Rowley

B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering&amp

Katelyn Rowley is a senior undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan with an International Minor. She is currently working on the Ovarian Cancer project. This is her first laboratory experience, and she is furthering her interest in tissue engineering and cancer research. Outside of the lab, Katelyn enjoys leading a weekly knitting service project and writing letters to troubled high school students through her service fraternity, training for a half marathon, reading and writing, traveling (having lived with a host family in Granada, Spain and built a greenhouse in last summer in Cusco, Peru), and trying different restaurants in Ann Arbor.

YusufYusuf Kamal Ghani

B.S.E., College of Engineering






Dylan Zwiers
B.S.E., Materials Science &Engineering 


Lab Alumni

Kathy Ignatoski, Ph. D

Katarina Klusman
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Nick Cobane
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering 

Erin Flannery
B.S.E., Material Science and Engineering

Alyssa Cramer
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Brittany Gnewkowski
B.A., Spanish

Martin Sisolak
B.S.E., Materials Science & Engineering

Jon Muncie
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Changqi Dai
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Rachel Wold
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Nick Cobane
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering

Shrinidhi Rajan
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

YanChen Liu
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Amy Mathew
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Melissa Freeland
B.S., Literature, Science and Arts, University of Michigan

Kim Jun Young
B.E., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, South Korea

Tracy Allen
B.S., Biological Engineering, MIT

Frank Li
B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, MIT

Martha Lesniewski
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jay Lee
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Jane Xiao
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Amy Oberlin
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Ji Sun Sunny Choi
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Elisa Quiroz
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan