Sangeeta Bhatia


Harvard-MIT physician, bioengineer and entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia shares how she led her multidisciplinary lab to develop an unusual breakthrough in cancer diagnostics.


Cancer researcher, MIT professor, and biotech entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained as both a physician and engineer, Sangeeta’s laboratory leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization to yield inventions with new applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics, predictive toxicology, and drug delivery. She and her trainees have launched more than ten biotechnology companies to improve human health. Sangeeta has received many honors including the Lemelson-MIT Prize, known as the ‘Oscar for inventors,’ and the Heinz Medal for groundbreaking inventions and advocacy for women in STEM fields. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science.


Cancer-fighting inventor Sangeeta Bhatia wins $500,000 prize
ABC News, Science. 2014.

Most creative people of 2014: Sangeeta Bhatia, for getting creative with cancer treatments
Dzieza J. Fast Company. 2014.

Programmable probiotics for detection of cancer in urine
Bhatia SN, et al. Science Translational Medicine, 2015:7;289ra84.   

Diagnosing cancer with help from bacteria: Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liver
Trafton A. MIT News Office. 2015. 

Hear From Sangeeta Bhatia
Lewis SK. NOVA scienceNOW. 2009.

Particle physiology 2013.

Inside the Lab (Bhatia Lab)
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. 2015.

Making Tumors Vulnerable
Research Animations. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. 2015.

Publications: Laboratory for Multiscale Technologies 
A comprehensive list of journal articles published by Sangeeta's laboratory

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