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Sangeeta Bhatia Develops Array of Micro/Nanotechnologies for Biomedicine

Sangeeta Bhatia Awards '02-'03

  • MIT TR100
  • Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award
  • "Best of What's New" Award, Popular Science Magazine (with Prof. Michael Sailor)
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Sangeeta Bhatia, associate professor of bioengineering, was recently named to MIT Technology Review's 2003 TR100 — a list of the world's 100 Top Innovators under age 35. Bhatia was recognized for her groundbreaking research in nanotechnology, medicine and tissue engineering.

    Most recently, Bhatia collaborated with Burnham Institute's Erkki Ruoslahti to demonstrate the feasibility of targeting quantum dot "nanomachines" to tumors in live animals. The team is now developing the nanomachines to deliver a payload of cancer-fighting drugs directly to tumors.

    In the area of tissue engineering, Bhatia recently created a technique to assemble different cell types together in a live, multi-layered structure. The work, which involves photopatterning on hydrogels, paves the way for engineering functional complex tissues such as liver and cartilage tissue.

    Another development in Bhatia's lab has implications for drug discovery, stem cell biology and functional genomics. Combining micropatterning techniques, novel materials such as porous silicon, and unconventional physical forces to manipulate cells, Bhatia has developed a repertoire of tools to allow the investigation of cellular responses to environmental stimuli.

    Visit Bhatia’s Microscale Tissue Engineering Laboratory at http://mtel.ucsd.edu/

    Marking a milestone in the field of tissue engineering, professors Sangeeta Bhatia and Bernhard Palsson have completed the first textbook on the subject. "Tissue Engineering" (Prentice Hall, 2004) is targeted for senior-level undergraduate and first-year graduate courses and is organized around four themes: quantitative cell and tissue biology; cell and tissue characterization; engineering methods and design; and clinical implementation.

    The book was made possible through support from the Whitaker Foundation.