Professor Sangeeta Bhatia directs the MIT Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies. The Laboratory focuses on the applications of micro- and nanotechnology to tissue repair and regeneration. Specifically, she studies the interactions between hepatocytes (liver cells) and their micro-environment. Professor Bhatia has obtained a Gates grant to develop models for liver stage malaria. Her expertise and models could be useful to WIPO Re:Search members studying and screening drugs in liver stage malaria.
Professor Jianzhu Chen leads the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center Infectious Disease program. This cutting-edge research program studies pathogen-host interaction, focusing on infectious diseases that are of particular concern in Singapore and Asia. The group’s major goals are to advance basic understanding of pathogen-host interactions at the cellular and molecular levels. A fundamental understanding of host pathogen interaction could be valuable for WIPO Re:Search members interested in accessing this expertise to identify and study drug targets, vaccine candidates and diagnostic biomarkers for NTDs, TB and Malaria.