Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Umut A. Gurkan is leading the CASE Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory (CASE-BML) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Inspired by modern advanced manufacturing methods, the primary focus of CASE-BML is developing micro/nano-scale technologies for biomanufacturing complex multiscale biological systems and microengineered methods for rare cell isolation and manipulation. Micro/nano-engineered systems and platforms developed at CASE-BML enable broad applications in blood cell research, cardiovascular medicine, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal research, regenerative medicine, and advanced cell therapies. Dr. Gurkan has received the IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Wyss Award for Translational Research in 2011 for developing a clinical microfluidic chip based white blood cell isolation and monitoring platform for kidney patients. Dr.Gurkan’s work has been highlighted by national and international institutions, news agencies, newspapers, and scientific publishers including MIT News, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, National Science Foundation, Science Daily, Wired News, Medica Magazine, Techies Magazine, Kurzweil News, Next Big Future, Innovation Toronto, Science Newsline, eScience News, Health Medicine Network, Zamais, Biology News Net, Terra Daily, Hurriyet News of Turkey, and China National News.