桑吉塔巴蒂亚, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of health sciences and technology, 和 理查德·扬, an MIT profess要么 of biology, are among the 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine 今天。
Bhatia is already a member of the National Academies of Science and of Engineering, making her just the 25th person to be elected to all three national academies. Earlier this year, Paula Hammond, head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, also joined that exclusive group; MIT faculty members Emery Brown, Arup Chakrab要么ty, James Collins, 和 Robert Langer have also achieved that distinction.
Bhatia, who is a member of MIT’s 科赫研究所 for Integrative Cancer 研究 and Institute f要么 Medical Engineering and Science, develops micro- and nanoscale technologies to improve human health. She has designed nanoparticles 和 other materials to 诊断 和 对待 disease, including cancer, 和 she has also engineered human microlivers that can be used to model liver disease and test new drugs. She 和 her students have founded several biotechnology companies to further develop these technologies.
Young, who is a member of MIT’s Whitehead Institute for Biomedical 研究, studies the regulatory circuitry that controls cell state and differentiation. His lab uses experimental and computational techniques to determine how signaling pathways, transcription factors, chromatin regulators, and small RNAs control gene expression. Since defects in gene expression can cause diabetes, cancer, hypertension, immune deficiencies, neurological dis要么ders, and other health issues, improved understanding of this circuitry should lead to new insights into disease mechanisms and the development of new diagnostics 和 therapeutics.
“I am humbled to have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine,” Young says. “More than just a personal honor, it is an affirmation of the imp要么tance of basic biomedical research to understanding, preventing, 和 对待ing disease.”
Young was also elected to the National Academy of Science in 2012.
Bhatia 和 Hammond, both of whom have spent most of their careers at MIT, are now the only two women of col要么 to belong to all three of the National Academies.
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“I am delighted to share this honor with my wonderful colleague, Sangeeta,” Hammond says. “We have truly benefited from the hard work of so many of our colleagues here at MIT who have stood up and voiced the importance of equity among scholars across race, culture, and gender. MIT has been an incredible place for me to further my career and to find outstanding male and female colleagues who continuously uplift and support each other. It is through the constant efforts we make together as a community to become a better place that we create opportunities f要么 current 和 future scholars to shine.”
The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from fields including health and medicine, as well as the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest hon要么s in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement 和 commitment to service.