Melissa Wrobel, Ph.D.

Lecturer IV, Biomedical Engineering


2224 Lurie Biomedical Engineering
1101 Beal Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2110


(734) 936-0193


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University
  • M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University
  • B.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Past research experience in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and biomaterials for nerve regeneration. Current education research interests include cooperative learning environments, novel assessment methods, oral communication and peer feedback, and teaching inclusively.

Personal Pronouns



  • ENGR 100 Section 510 Design in Reverse: Dissecting Modern Medical Devices
  • BIOMEDE 221 Biophysical Chemistry & Thermodynamics
  • BIOMEDE 450 Biomedical Engineering Design

Professional Service

  • ABET Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Michigan Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
  • Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Engineering Honor Society, Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter (SEMIAC) President 


  • Jaimes, P., Bottorff, E., Hopper, T., Jilberto, J. King, J., Wall, M., Coronel, M., Jensen, K. Mays, E., Morris, A., Weiland, J., Wrobel, M., Nordsletten, D., and Pinder-Grover, T. The IT-BME Project: Integrating Inclusive Teaching in Biomedical Engineering through Faculty/Graduate Partnerships. Biomedical Engineering Education. (Accepted for publication)
  • Somasse, G. and Wrobel, M. Work-in-Progress: KLIQED, A Feedback Tool for Fostering Peer Engagement during Student Oral Presentations. 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. June 2023. Baltimore, MD.
  • Somasse, G. and Wrobel, M. KLIQED – A Feedback Tool for Fostering Peer Engagement during Student Oral Presentations in Economics. Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education Annual Conference. May 2023. Portland, OR.
  • Stegemann, J., Louttit, C., Mays, E., Schmedlen, R. and Wrobel, M. A Stakeholder-Informed Curriculum in Medical Product Development for Biomedical Engineers. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Oct 2022. San Antonio, TX.
  • Wrobel, M.R. and H.G. Sundararaghavan, Biomaterial Cues to Direct Pro-Regenerative Phenotypes in Macrophages and Schwann Cells. Neuroscience, 2018. 376: p. 172-87
  • Wrobel, M.R. and H.G. Sundararaghavan, Positive and Negative Cues for Modulating Neurite Dynamics and Receptor Expression. Biomedical Materials, 2017. 12(2): 025016
  • Wrobel, M.R. and H.G. Sundararaghavan, Directed Migration in Neural Tissue Engineering. Tissue Engineering Part B-Reviews, 2014. 20(2): p. 93-105


  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (ADUE) Instructor Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2023
  • Archival Publication Authors Workshop for Engineering Educators (APA-ENG) Mini-Grant Program (MGP) Awardee, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2022
  • BME Departmental Faculty Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2022