Umut A. Gurkan holds BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University. He completed his Postdoctoral Training in Medicine at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology after. He is currently Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University as. Dr. Gurkan is leading the CASE Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory (CASE-BML). CASE-BML’s mission is to improve human health by a fundamental understanding of cell biomechanics, and through innovations in micro/nano-engineering, microfluidics, biosensors, and point-of-care technologies. Dr. Gurkan has received awards for research and teaching, including, NSF CAREER Award, “Rising Star” Award from Biomedical Engineering Society, MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award (Turkey), Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership Award, Case School of Engineering Research Award, Doris Duke Innovations in Clinical Research Award, Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Award, and Glennan Fellowship from the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education. Dr. Gurkan has authored over 60 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and numerous patents. Three of his patents have been licensed for commercialization. Dr. Gurkan is a member of the following societies: American Society of Hematology, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and Biomedical Engineering Society.