Sangeeta Bhatia, professor in both the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, HST, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, EECS, at MIT is among three MIT professors selected by the National Institutes of Health, NIH, to receive Pioneer or T-R01 grants designed to encourage scientists to explore high-risk projects with the potential to dramatically transform health research.
Bhatia, who heads the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, focuses her research on the applications of micro- and nanotechnology to tissue repair and regeneration with the goals of improving cellular therapies for liver disease, developing microtechnology tools to systematically study living cells, and designing multifunctional nanoparticles for cancer applications. Bhatia is also a co-principal investigator on one of the T-R01 grants, led by Professor Charles Rice of Rockefeller University.
The two other MIT professors receiving NIH nnovation grants include Director of MIT's Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Leona Sampson, who was named for the Pioneer Award; and Biological and Mechanical Engineering professor Linda Griffith, who will receive the NIH Director's Transformative R01 (T-R01) Award.
Read more in the MIT News Office, Sept. 24, 2009 article.