Professor McGrath graduated from Arizona State with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1994 and a PhD in Biological Engineering from Harvard/MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1998. He then trained as a Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. Since 2001, Professor McGrath has been on the Biomedical Engineering faculty at the University of Rochester where he directed the graduate program in BME for a decade and now serves as the Associate Director of the microfabrication and metrology core (URNano). While historically, Professor McGrath's research was focused on the phenomena of cell migration, since 2007 he has been leading an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team that is developing and applying ultrathin membrane technologies. Professor McGrath is a co-founder, current director and past president of SiMPore Inc., a company founded to commercially manufacture nanomembranes. In 2015 he was elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has co-authored 11 issued and pending patents and more than 70 scientific publications.