John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia conducts research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, and biology to develop novel platforms for understanding, diagnosing, and treating human disease. Bhatia’s laboratory leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization tools used in semiconductor manufacturing to yield inventions with new applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics, and drug delivery. Dr. Bhatia’s findings have produced high-throughput-capable human microlivers, which model human drug metabolism, drug-induced liver disease, and interaction with human pathogens. Her group also develops nanoparticles and nanoporous materials that can be designed to assemble and communicate to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including cancer.
Dr. Bhatia directs the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies at MIT. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a senior member of the Broad Institute, and a biomedical engineer at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Bhatia is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. She has been awarded the 2014 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Heinz Medal for groundbreaking inventions and advocacy for women in STEM fields, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship given to “the nation’s most promising young professors in science and engineering,” the NSF CAREER Award, the Harvard Medical School Diversity Award, and the Harvard-MIT Thomas McMahon Mentoring Award, among many others.
Dr. Bhatia co-authored the first undergraduate textbook on tissue engineering and has published more than 160 manuscripts that have been cited over 16,000 times. Her work has been profiled broadly such as in Scientific American, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, Forbes, PBS’s NOVA scienceNOW, the Economist, and MSNBC, among many others, and she was recently included in Scientific American’s ‘Worldview 100’ list of the most influential researchers in Biotechnology. She and her 150+ trainees have contributed to more than 40 issued or pending patents and launched 10 biotechnology companies with 70+ products. She is a frequent advisor to governmental organizations, industrial corporations, and think tanks, and advocates for diversity in science and engineering. Dr. Bhatia holds a B.S. from Brown University; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT; and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.