Indian-Origin Scientist Sangeeta Bhatia wins Heinz Award 2015
Sangeeta Bhatia, an Indian-Origin scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won prestigious Heinz award for year 2015.
She had won this award for her work in tissue engineering and disease detection in the Technology, the Economy, and Employment category of the award.
Ms Bhatia’s team has developed artificial human microlivers for drug testing. These artificial microlivers are being used to test the toxicity of drug candidates by many biopharmaceutical companies.
She is also using these microlivers to model malaria infection and test drugs that can eradicate malaria parasites completely in the laboratory.
This model seeks to eradicate malaria parasites completely as the reservoirs of parasite remains in the liver even after a patient’s symptoms subside.
About Heinz Award
- Heinz Award is an annual award established in 1993 and given by the Heinz Family Foundation.
- Every year it hounours and recognize outstanding individuals for their innovative contributions in five areas. They are Environment, Public Policy, Arts and Humanities, Human Condition and the Economy, Technology and Employment.
- The award carries a cash prize of US 2, 50, 000 dollars and a medallion.