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Chelsea Fortin, Kelly Stevens and Sangeeta Bhatia

Chelsea is a Research Scientist in the University of Washington’s Department of Bioengineering. She is exploring tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in the laboratory of Kelly Stevens. Chelsea received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University and then, as a Technical Assistant in the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies in MIT’s Koch Institute, she focused on building and characterising expandable, engineered satellite livers for use in regenerative medicine under the guidance of Sangeeta Bhatia. Chelsea’s research interests include the use of biology and biochemistry to understand tissue regeneration and disease. She plans to earn a doctorate and pursue an interdisciplinary academic career, using biology and engineering to explore and combat clinical problems.

Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Pathology at the University of Washington. She received a BS in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington, and postdoctoral training at MIT. Her work bridges several facets of regenerative medicine, including pluripotent stem cell biology, transplantation, tissue engineering, and micro/nanofabrication. In particular, she has worked to develop complex multicellular tissues for organ repair, with increasing focus on enhancing tissue function, microvascularisation and organisation.

Sangeeta is Director of the MIT Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, where she works on developing health applications for miniaturisation tools from the world of semiconductor manufacturing. Trained as both a physician and an engineer, she has pioneered technologies for interfacing living cells with synthetic systems, opening up potential new uses in diagnostics, drug delivery, tissue regeneration and stem cell differentiation. Sangeeta is a passionate advocate and mentor for diversity in science and engineering, has published widely, and has advised governmental organisations on nanobiotechnology, biomedical microsystems and tissue engineering.