Professor Bhatia earned her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and an MD/ PhD from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, before conducting post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
She joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 1999, returning to MIT in 2005. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Bhatia received the 2015 Heinz Award for Technology, Economy + Employment, the 2014 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship — given to “the nation’s most promising young professors in science and engineering” — and the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal. She also was named a Merkin Fellow of the Broad Institute. In addition to her MIT appointments, Professor Bhatia is an affiliated faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, a member of the Broad Institute, an elected member of the Corporation of Brown University, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. In 2016, she became the inaugural scientific director of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine at the Koch Institute.