The Sound of Science – ‘Nina Tandon’ | WNIJ and WNIU – WNIJ and WNIU

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The Sound of Science - 'Nina Tandon' (March 20, 2020)

Alexis: Welcome to the Sound of Science on WNIJ. Im Alexis from NIUSTEM Outreach.

Idalia: And Im Idalia. Todaywe will be discussing American biomedical engineer, Nina Tandon.

Alexis:Dr. Tandongrew upin New York City with two siblings with visual impairments. Its no wonder why she chose toinvestigatethe electrical currents that underline the nervous system.

Idalia:As a kid, she often took apart electronics to try to understand them from the inside out.

Alexis:Tandon went on to study Biomedical Engineering and earned her PhD from Columbia. She focused her research on studying electrical signals in engineered tissues, such as cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissues.

Idalia:Her studies in both bioengineering and business came together as she and a colleague created EpiBone, the worlds first company to grow living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. EpiBoneuses stem cells from patients in need of new bones to produce skeletal structures based on each individual DNA profile.This decreases rejection, simplifies surgeries, and shortens recovery time.

Alexis:SinceDr. Tandon madesuch a giant leap for bioengineering innovation, its clear why she received awards such as "One of the 100 Most Creative People in Business" byFast Companyand "Global Thinker" byForeignPolicy.

Idalia:She is an inspirational woman who completed what was once thought to be impossible.Yet, sheis far from being done.Her companys bioengineered tissues are being used for testing pharmaceuticals without using rats or humans. She says Our process is essentially transforming biotechnology and pharmacology into information technology, helping us discover and evaluate drugs faster, more cheaply and more effectively.

Alexis: Tune in next week where wego into detail aboutmore women in STEM.This has been the Sound of Science on WNIJ.

Idalia: Where you learn something new every day.

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