science | October 29, 2012

Nina Tandon: One of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People

Nina Tandon, one of Lavin's newest exclusive speakers, was recently named as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. The TED Fellow is doing extraordinary things with bodily tissues and has been researching and experimenting with electrical signaling, with the ultimate end goal of creating artificial hearts and bones. One day, she hopes to be able to use her artificially constructed tissues for transplants in humans.

When Fast Company (known for featuring the work of some of the world's most imaginative people) asked Tandon how creativity could improve her field, she said that music seemed to constantly overlap with her work. Her first exposure to bio-electricity was when she designed an instrument that allowed the human body to interact with circuits. Now, she's working with another TED Fellow to use the cells in her lab to make another musical instrument. Tandon has an enormous amount of creative talent, and the electrical and bio-medical engineer at Columbia University's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering says there is always room for more people like her.

"[The biotech field] needs more people embracing science," she told Fast Company. "We need more kids, young kids, U.S. citizens who are psyched about it—especially young girls." In her talks, she aims to do just that—inspire others to get involved in the sciences to unlock their human potential. She explains that the work she is doing with tissue engineering is just the beginning. Tandon uses her breakthrough research to explain how the human body functions on a cellular level, and expands on the world-changing implications that her findings may have.

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