Mark A. Levenstein


Mark completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. During this time he worked under the supervision of Prof. Ali Beskok to produce microfluidic devices for bioelectrics applications. He was subsequently awarded a Whitaker International Program Undergraduate Scholarship and a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at Leeds for an undergraduate semester abroad and an MSc programme, respectively. Currently a PhD student and Leeds International Research Scholar, Mark works with the Institute of Thermofluids and the Bio-Inspired Materials Chemistry Group with the goal of using microfluidic devices to better understand crystallization, and specifically, biomineralization. The latter is responsible for creating natural structures such as sea shells, bone, and teeth, and can be emulated to produce new materials for use in pharmaceuticals, electronics, and nanotechnology.

Research interests

  • Droplet Microfluidics
  • Lab-on-a-chip
  • Crystallization
  • Biomaterials
  • Bio-inspired Engineering
  • Large Facility Experiments


  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSc Eng)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Thermofluids