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Sangeeta N. Bhatia
Born 1968
Citizenship United States American
Ethnicity India Indian
Fields Nanotechnology, Tissue engineering
Institutions Massachusetts General Hospital
University of California, San Diego (1999–2005)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005– )
Alma mater Brown University (B.S., 1990)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., Ph.D. 1997)
Harvard Medical School (M.D. 1999)
Academic advisors Mehmet Toner
Known for Nanotechnology for tissue repair and regeneration
Notable awards Packard Fellowship (1999–2004)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator (2008)

Sangeeta N. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D. (b. 1968) is an Indian American biological engineer and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Bhatia's research investigates applications of micro- and nano-technology for tissue repair and regeneration.

She was named a Young Innovator under 35 by Technology Review in 2003,[1] a "Scientist to Watch" by The Scientist in 2006,[2] and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2008.[3]

Bhatia co-authored the first undergraduate textbook on tissue engineering and was an editor for two books, Microdevices in Biology and Medicine and Biosensing.



Bhatia's parents emigrated from India to Boston, Massachusetts; her father was an engineer and her mother was one of the first women to receive an MBA in India. She was motivated to become an engineer after her 10th grade biology class and a trip with her father into an MIT lab to see a demonstration of an ultrasound machine for cancer treatment.[4]

She studied bioengineering at Brown University where she joined a research group studying artificial organs which convinced her to pursue graduate study the field.[5] After graduating with honors in 1990,[6] Bhatia was initially rejected from the M.D.-Ph.D. program run by the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) but was accepted into the Mechanical Engineering masters program. She was later accepted to the HST M.D.-Ph.D. program where she was advised by Mehmet Toner, received the Ph.D. in 1997 and M.D. in 1999, and completed postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital.[4][6]

Bhatia joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1999 and rose to the rank of associate professor. While at UCSD, Bhatia was awarded a Packard Fellowship,[7] was named 2001 "Teacher of the Year" in the Bioengineering Department at the Jacobs School of Engineering,[8] and was named a Young Innovator under 35 by Technology Review in 2003.[1] In 2005, she left UCSD and joined the MIT faculty in the Division of Health Sciences & Technology and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Bhatia was named a "Scientist to Watch" by The Scientist in 2006 and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2008.[2][3][9] Bhatia currently directs the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies and is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.[10]

Bhatia has two daughters with her husband, Jagesh Shah.[4]



  1. ^ a b "2003 Young Innovator: Sangeeta Bhatia, 35". Technology Review. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  2. ^ a b Nadis, Steve. "Sangeeta Bhatia Looks at Life's Architecture". The Scientist. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  3. ^ a b "2008 HHMI Investigators". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  4. ^ a b c "The Many Sides of Sangeeta Bhatia". NOVA, Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  5. ^ "HHMI Investigators: Sangeeta N. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D.". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  6. ^ a b "People: Sangeeta N. Bhatia". Harvard-MIT Health Science & Technology. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  7. ^ Hagen, Denine (1999-12-01). "UC San Diego Bioengineering Professor Receives Prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship". UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.  
  8. ^ "Winter 2002 Newsletter". UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  9. ^ "Indian chosen for prestigious scientists' body". India Abroad. July 9, 2008.  
  10. ^ "Faculty: Sangeeta N. Bhatia". Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  

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