Sangeeta Bhatia is a popular Indian-origin scientist working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is making news for being named for the recipient of the 2015 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment. As per reports, she is the one who has developed artificial human micro-livers for drug testing, which has fetched her the prestigious award worth 2,50,000 dollars under the banner of Heinz award for her contribution in tissue engineering and disease detection.
The said Heinz Awards is an annual award, which recognizes individuals for their unusual contributions to human condition, environment; arts and humanities public policy; and technology, the economy, and employment. Speaking about her feat, she said that this award will help her speak for itself and thus contribute the best in the healthcare services. She is a researcher apart from being a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
She and her team have championed the fabrication of artificial human micro-livers, which are under the use by a number of biopharmaceutical companies to test the toxicity of drug candidates. She is also seen employing the microlivers in order to test drugs along with removing the malaria parasites. She plans to develop an implantable liver tissue as a complement or substitute for the complete organ transplant. She will be receiving the said award on 13th May in Pittsburgh.