Geeta Mehta joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor

Geeta Mehta joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Geeta Mehta

Geeta Mehta joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Fall 2013. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Mehta earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor working with Prof. Shuichi Takayama and Prof. Jennifer Linderman on microfluidic niches for hematopoietic stem cells. Her postdoctoral research in the area of liver tissue engineering and regenerative medicine was conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in the labs of Prof. Linda Griffith and Prof. Roger Kamm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Honors) from Panjab University in India, and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing. Most recently, she was an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She uses biomaterials and microtechnology as tools to create engineered 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.