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Tanja Greene, MSBME

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Director of Community Outreach
(317) 955-6667


Tanja Greene joined Marian University in the fall of 2017 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and as the Director for Community Outreach for the E.S. Witchger School of Engineering. During her master studies, she investigated the influence of microenvironments on cell-fate processes through the encapsulation of cells within chemically modified, biomimetic hydrogels and was awarded the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award by the university’s graduate office for her work. After graduating, she continued her research in a tissue engineering/ biomaterials laboratory until accepting a position at Marian University. She currently teaches Physics I, Physics II, Biophysics, and courses related to biomaterials. In addition to teaching, Tanja also plays a large role in the community outreach of WSOE through directing events such as the Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair and the annual Innovation Through Engineering Residential Summer Camp. Through her efforts, Ms. Greene enjoys creating inclusive environments where students feel supported while exploring STEM related topics. Tanja is also an active member of the prestigious national engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and serves as an advisor for a local university’s chapter.


  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering at IUPUI
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering at IUPUI

Research Interests and Expertise

Biomaterials, cell-fate processes, biomimetic, microenvironments, encapsulation, hydrogels, inclusivity, support, outreach.

Selected Papers

  • Greene, T. (2022, August), Development and Assessment of an Introductory Undergraduate Course in Biophysics Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Liu HY, Greene T, Lin TY, Dawes CS, Korc M, and Lin CC. Enzyme-mediated stiffening hydrogels for probing pancreatic stellate cell activation. Acta Biomaterialia 2017(48) 258-269
  • Greene T, Lin TY, Andrisani O, and Lin CC. A comparative study of visible light polymerized gelatin hydrogels for 3D culture of hepatic progenitor cells. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2017(134) 44585
  • Shih H, Greene T, Korc M, and Lin CC. Modular and adaptable tumor niche prepared from visible light-initiated thiol-norbornene photopolymerization. Biomacromolecules 2016(17) 3872-3882
  • Greene T and Lin CC. Modular crosslinking of gelatin-based thiol-ene hydrogels for in vitro culture of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2015(1) 1314-1323 

Professional Activities

  • Tau Beta Pi – Zeta Chapter (Charter Member and Chapter Advisor)
  • Director of Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Director of Innovation Through Engineering Residential Camp


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