Umut Gurkan received B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University as a Sabanci Scholar; and a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Gurkan trained as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology and joined Case Western Reserve University as an Assistant Professor in 2013. Dr. Gurkan has received numerous research and teaching awards, including: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Innovations in Clinical Research Award, Case School of Engineering Research Award, Steven Garverick Memorial Innovation Incentive Award, Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Award, IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Wyss Award for Translational Research, and Partners in Excellence Award for Outstanding Community Contributions. Dr. Gurkan has published 36+ original research articles, reviews, book chapters, and editorials in engineering as well as clinical international journals, including, PNAS, Advanced Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, Small, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Lab on a Chip, ACS Nano, Nanomedicine, Biomicrofluidics, Biofabrication, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, PloS One, Calcified Tissue International, and Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research. Dr. Gurkan is in the editorial board of International Journal of Nanomedicine, Nanobiomedicine and a member of professional societies including, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society.