B.E. Honors: Chemical Engineering, Panjab University (2001)
M.S.: Chemical Engineering & Material Science, Michigan State University (2004)
Ph.D.: Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2008)
Dow Corning Assistant Professor
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.
Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (2008 – 2010)
Assistant Research Scientist: Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. (2010 - 2013)
Awards and Service:
- Nominated for University of Michigan Distinguished Dissertation Award 2008-2009 recognizing exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students (one of 50 nominated PhDs throughout the University out of more than 700 dissertations defended in 2008)
- 2008 Margaret Ayers Host Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, for exceptional scholarly achievement, sense of social responsibility and an interest in the success of women in the academic community.
- 1st prize in student technical oral presentation at Engineering Graduate Symposium, November 2, 2007, University of Michigan (Talk title: Engineering a microfluidic niche for hematopoietic stem cells)
- University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellow 2007-2008
- Keystone Symposia Travel Scholarship for Symposium on Stem Cell Interactions with their Microenvironmental Niche, 2007
- University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Travel Fellowship, Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Winter 2007
- American Society of Cell Biology for meeting on Stem Cell Niches, Travel Grant, July 2006
- University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Summer Research Grant, June-August 2005
- Scholarship for ‘Green Chemistry Summer School’, American Chemical Society-PRF, 2004
- 2nd prize in poster presentation at Annual Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC), Society of Plastics Engineers conference 2003
- Academic Fellowship, Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Michigan State University, Fall 2001
- IIChE (Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers) scholarship for academic excellence for years 1998-1999, 1999-2000
- Reviewer for scientific journals: Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering: Part A, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Lab on a Chip, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Journal of Biotechnology, Biotechnology Progress, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.