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$500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize Awarded to Professor Inspiring Youth in STEM

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, biomedical engineer and professor at MIT, is the recipient of the 2014 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Bhatia is recognized for designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies with applications to improve human health. The Lemelson-MIT Prize, celebrating its 20th year, honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bhatia’s creative portfolio of inventions addresses complex problems in the areas of drug toxicity, tissue regeneration, cancer therapeutics, noninvasive diagnostics and infectious disease. Her work includes detecting cancer through a paper urine test and building a liver from scratch to fight infectious disease

Bhatia founded the Biomedical Engineering Society Diversity Committee and advises the MIT Society of Women Engineers, a group which oversees Keys to Empowering Youth, an outreach organization that Bhatia helped establish that aims to instill young girls with curiosity about science and engineering.

The Lemelson-MIT Program is now seeking nominations for the 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Contact the Lemelson-MIT Program at awards-lemelson@mit.edu for more information or go tohttp://lemelson.mit.edu/awards/lemelson-mit-prize.

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