Michael Caplan earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following postdoctoral research at Duke University Medical Center in Cell Biology, he joined the faculty of Arizona State University in 2003, and he is now an associate professor in biomedical engineering.
Professor Caplan’s research focuses on molecular cooperativity in drug targeting, bio-sensing, and cell signaling. Current projects align along three main themes: local drug delivery, endothelial dysfunction in diabetes, and cooperative DNA diagnostics. Recent awards include the Jeanette Wilkins Award for the best basic science paper at the Musculoskeletal Infection Society.
He teaches several classes including Biotransport Phenomena, Biomedical Product Design and Development II (alpha prototyping of a blood glucose meter), and co-teaches Biomedical Capstone Design. Professor Caplan also conducts educational research to assess the effectiveness of interactive learning strategies in large classes (~150 students).