Umut Gurkan, Ph.D.

Umut A. Gurkan holds BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, and a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University. He completed his Postdoctoral Training in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology after which he joined Case Western Reserve University as Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Gurkan is leading the CASE Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory (CASE-BML). CASE-BML’s mission is to improve human health and quality of life by a fundamental understanding of cell biomechanics, and through innovations in micro/nano-engineering, microfluidics, biosensors, and point-of-care systems.  Dr. Gurkan has received national and international recognitions and awards for research and education, including, NSF CAREER Award, “Rising Star” Award from Biomedical Engineering Society (Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering and Advanced Biomanufacturing Divisions), MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award (Turkey), Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership Award, Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Award, Case School of Engineering Research Award, Doris Duke Innovations in Clinical Research Award, Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Award, Translational Research Featured New Investigator Award from Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research, and Glennan Fellowship from the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education. Dr. Gurkan has authored over 55 research and review articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, in addition to numerous book chapters and patents. Three of his patents have been licensed for commercialization, one of them being on a microchip electrophoresis system for point-of-care diagnosis of hemoglobin disorders in low resource settings. 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.