Geeta Mehta

Associate Professor

3044 NCRC, Building 28
T: (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)



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. 


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)


  • - American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award (2019 - 2023)
  • Track Co-Chair for Cellular and Molecular Engineering (CMB) track for the 2022 BMES annual conference (2022)
  • Rackham Faculty Ally for Diversity in Graduate Education for MSE and Macro (2017 - Present)
  • Cancer Stem Cell Young Investigator Award, 2016
  •  Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Award, 2016 
  • Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP), Early Career Investigator in the Ovarian Cancer Academy Award (2013 - 2019)
  • 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 Materials 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.