The Othmer Gold Medal is presented at Heritage Day, the Science History Institute’s annual celebration of the achievements and promise of the sciences and technologies that shape material culture. It is cosponsored by four affiliated organizations: the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, The Chemists’ Club, and the Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section).
Sangeeta Bhatia, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the director of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, will receive the 2019 Othmer Gold Medal at Heritage Day on May 8, 2019.
Before joining MIT, Bhatia held a tenured position at the University of California, San Diego, and worked in industry at Pfizer, the Genetics Institute, ICI Pharmaceuticals, and Organogenesis.
In her roles as a biomedical researcher, an MIT professor, and a biotech entrepreneur, she works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained as both a physician and an engineer, Bhatia leverages “tiny technologies” of miniaturization to yield such inventions as human microlivers that model human drug metabolism and liver disease, as well as responsive nanoparticles and nanoporous materials that can be engineered to diagnose, study, and treat a variety of diseases, including cancer. She and her more than 150 trainees have launched multiple biotechnology companies to improve human health.
As a passionate inventor and an advocate for diversity in science and engineering, Bhatia has been honored by 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 has published over 180 manuscripts, which have been cited more than 18,000 times. In addition, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the National Academy of Inventors, and Brown University’s Board of Trustees.
Bhatia received a BS in biomedical engineering from Brown University, an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, a PhD in biomedical engineering from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
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