Principal Investigator

Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta
Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta

Dr. Sen Gupta is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Bioinspired Engineering for Advanced Therapies (BEAT) laboratory. Dr. Sen Gupta received his MS (in 2001) and PhD (in 2003) from The University of Akron, Ohio, with focus on polymeric biomaterials engineering. Currently he is a primary faculty of Biomedical Engineering (Associate Professor with tenure) at Case Western Reserve University ( Dr. Sen Gupta is currently the chair of the Biomaterials Engineering Track in the BME department at CWRU and he also serves as the Program Chair for the Biomaterials Education SIG in the Society for Biomaterials. He teaches several courses involving biomaterials, drug delivery, nanomedicine and quantitative biomolecular engineering. The research emphasis in his laboratory are in the areas of blood compatibility and blood-materials interactions, engineering of synthetic blood cells, targeted drug delivery in cardiovascular and cancer pathologies, and interfacial engineering for enhanced biocompatibility. Please refer to 'Research' tab for complete description of ongoing projects.

CV - Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta

Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

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Post Doctoral Researcher

Christa Modery-Pawlowski

meChrista is a post-doctoral researcher in the Sen Gupta laboratory and is currently evaluating the translational pathway and commercialization potential of the synthetic platelet technology. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2015. As a graduate student in the Sen Gupta laboratory, Christa developed platelet-inspired nanotechnologies for several different applications in cardiovascular medicine including the design of a synthetic hemostat, targeted thrombolytic therapy and drug delivery in metastatic cancer. Outside of the lab, Christa enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and cooking with her husband and two children.

CV - Christa Modery-Pawlowski

Joyann Marks

Joyann is a post-doctoral researcher in the Sen Gupta Lab. She earned her PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2015. She is developing new thrombin degradable  and fibrin targeting polymeric systems. She's interested in polymeric hydrogels and other polymeric systems for targeted and oral drug delivery.

She's a native of Jamaica who loves to cook and is always longing for the beach.


PhD Students

Aditya Girish

Aditya is a PhD candidate and joined Dr. Sen Gupta's lab in September 2015. He works on 'platelet interaction with cancer metastasis' project. He enjoys running and maintains interests in areas such as British comedy, cooking, politics and geography.

CV - Aditya Girish

DaShawn Hickman

DaShawn Hickman is an MD/PhD Candidate and joined Dr. Sen Gupta’s lab in September 2015. He is enthusiastically involved at CWRU and serves as the National Chair for the Student National Medical Association. He enjoys dancing, choreographing, movies, and traveling.

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Michael Sun

Michael is a graduate student and joined Dr. Sen Gupta's lab in July, 2015.





Ujjal Didar Singh Sekhon

Ujjal is a graduate student and joined Dr. Sen Gupta's lab in September, 2014. He is currently working on the project 'Multi-component Bio-responsive Hydrogel Composite for Hemostasis and Wound Healing '. He is an avid soccer fan and likes to read scientific articles and practice music during his spare time.


MS Students

Edward Niedoba

Ed is a 2nd-Year undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University majoring in biomedical engineering. He has industry experience from internships with Parker Hannifin and start-up Disease Diagnostic Group and is excited to work in academic research with the Sen Gupta Lab. Outside of academics and the lab, Ed is an active member of Young Americans for Liberty and Sigma Nu fraternity and enjoys hiking and ping pong.

CV-Edward Niedoba

Norman Luc

Norman is a Medical Physiology master's student and joined the Sen Gupta Lab in February, 2017. He works on hemostatic drug delivery and the translational aspect of the SynthoPlate project.


Undergraduate Students

Kara Hageman

Kara is a junior Biomedical Engineering Major on the Biomaterials track. She joined the lab Fall of 2016, after working the Summer of 2016 under Dr. Jordan Green, at John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where she conducted drug delivery research targeting hepatic oncology. Kara is currently working on a cancer metastasis project with Dr. Sen Gupta. She is also co-captain of the Varsity Women's Basketball team and a member of Delta Gamma here at CWRU.

Michaela Cooley

IMG_0453.PNGMichaela is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering Major on the Biomaterials track and began working in the lab in Fall 2014. She works on targeted drug delivery and controlled release for thrombosis. She enjoys drawing in her free time and is a member of SpartanThon and Kappa Alpha Theta.

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High School Researchers

Maya Razmi


Maya Razmi is a high school student at Hathaway Brown. She is currently working on the cardiovascular disease project. In her free time, she enjoys debating and practicing karate as a black belt.