A urine test for cancer? This woman has invented it.

A urine test for cancer? This woman has invented it.

Greetings, friends. I’m really happy to share this interview with you, as Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD is one of the seminal minds in science today. She combines an engineer’s mind with medical expertise to craft solutions for some of the human body’s most pressing issues. In our hour-long interview, we touched on a number of her projects, from melting sugar to create blood vessels… to creating “micro” livers… to her new paper test for cancer. I was also intrigued by her stance on whether women in S.T.E.M. should be expected to mentor each other. Read on here.

This woman could change the landscape of cancer diagnostics

This woman could change the landscape of cancer diagnostics

In early 2014, I was asked to draft a list of a dozen or so cutting edge scientists, cull the list, and then pick one person to star in a video about innovation in medical research.

This video is the result of that quest. I had the immense pleasure of talking to, writing interview questions for, and crafting a script around Dr. Nicole Iverson, one of M.I.T.’s most humble and most innovative research scientists. This project was perhaps my favorite video to write this past year; I hope you enjoy it.

See how Dr. Iverson is changing the landscape of cancer research here.

Invisibility cloaks – coming soon

I had the immense pleasure of interviewing a number of researchers on the cutting edge of materials science about their dream manufacturing breakthroughs. Some integrate tools from engineering to manipulate biology — growing a cell phone from mushrooms is one idea in the works! — while others work on fantasies many of us have had since childhood. (Invisibility cloaks, anyone?) Enjoy this fun, fast slideshow, now up on The Economist’s Lookahead site.