Leila Daneshmandi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Residence
Francis L. Castleman
Room 223
Office Phone: 860-486-2166
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology
M.S. Global Entrepreneurship, University of Connecticut
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Dr. Leila Daneshmandi is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Department. She is the co-founder and COO of Encapsulate, a biotech startup in cancer precision diagnostics that has raised over 1M in non-dilutive funding and that is conducting preclinical studies in partnership with Hartford Healthcare. Encapsulate has received numerous awards and accolades nationally and internationally including the prestigious Technology-in-Space Prize for $653k from The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and Boeing. Leila holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s in Global Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut. In 2020, she was selected as a Women of Innovation Finalist by the Connecticut Technology Council and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Scalable Venture by the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards. Leila teaches Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship I & II to students in the Schools of Engineering and Business and is the PI for the Master’s of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship program and the ThirdBridge Grant that are offered to student entrepreneurs by the School of Engineering.