About Sujata Bhatia
Sujata K. Bhatia, MD, PhD, PE is a physician, bioengineer, and professionally licensed chemical engineer who serves on the teaching faculty of biomedical engineering at Harvard University. She is the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard; she is the academic advisor for all Harvard undergraduate students in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. She has also been appointed an Assistant Dean of the Harvard Summer School; in this capacity, she supervises the academic progress and well-being of several hundred undergraduates each summer, and serves on the Summer School Dean's Council. In addition, she is an Associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; she works with students on projects for medical innovation in Africa, as well as global engineering education. She is additionally a faculty member in the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program on Innovation for Economic Development. Sujata has personally mentored several Harvard students to complete innovative research and design projects that advance the field of bioengineering. She has demonstrated a strong commitment not only to biomedical engineering research and international development, but also to education, community outreach, and student life.
Sujata graduated from the University of Delaware in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in biology, biochemistry and chemical engineering and a master’s degree in chemical engineering; she earned all four degrees in only four years. Sujata then trained in the MD/PhD combined degree program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and graduated in 2003, completing both degrees in four years. Her doctoral thesis work lent insights into immune cell and cancer cell migration, and was published in several journals, including Cancer Research, Biotechnology Progress, and Biophysical Journal. From 2003 to 2011, Sujata was a principal investigator at the DuPont Company; her projects included the development of bioadhesives for wound closure, and development of minimally invasive medical devices. She worked on a team to develop a new surgical sealant; this system can prevent leakage from surgical wounds, and can be used to stop bleeding from traumatic wounds. She also worked on a team to develop microspheres for the minimally invasive treatment of cancerous tumors. She then worked on omega-3 fatty acids for heart health. Her industrial experience spans medical device and biotechnology product development, clinical trials management, intellectual property, leadership of multidisciplinary teams, and industry-academic partnerships. In 2011, Sujata was offered a position on the teaching faculty of biomedical engineering at Harvard University, and is now the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering, as well as an Assistant Dean of the Harvard Summer School, and an Associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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