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Nina Tandon

Tissue engineering researcher

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Nina Tandon

Professional Role

Current Titles:

EpiBone, co-founder, Research Scientist (Columbia University), Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering (Cooper Union)

Current Organizations:

TED, Columbia University, The Cooper Union


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Columbia Engineering School - TEDx - NinaTandon

Nina Tandon.at TEDx ColumbiaEngineeringSchool April 8, 2011 Davis Auditorium, Columbia University New York City

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NINA TANDON: The Power of Being Upside-down: Perspectives From a Yogi and Cardiac Tissue Engineer

http://www.ignitenyc.org/ - http://twitter.com/ignitenyc Nina Tandon, cardiac tissue engineer, TED fellow, Fullbright Alum, and certified yoga instructor explores how we're tricking our body into thinking it's danger with smartphones and always on communications and how we can kill fear with curiosity. http://twitter.com/ninatandon http://www.ninatandon.com/ 5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC's brightest geeks, what would you say? For nearly two years Ignite NYC has cultivated a vibrant community of artists, technologists, thinkers, tinkerers, and personalities to connect, develop new relationships and projects, and answer this challenge. Enlighten us, but make it quick!

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Heart 2.0 (Beta): Engineering and the Human Heart

Google Tech Talk (more info below) August 2, 2011 Presented by Nina Tandon, Ph.D. ABSTRACT Dr. Nina Tandon, a TED Fellow and researcher in the field of tissue engineering, discusses her work on cardiac tissue engineering. Her approach involves the development of "enabling technologies" (bioreactors) that facilitate the growth of artificial cardiac cells by mimicking the cells' natural environments. Nina begins her talk with an overview of cardiac physiology (emphasizing the electrophysiology of the heart), and uses it as a backdrop to introduce the biomimetic engineering strategies she employs in the lab. Speaker Info: Nina Tandon, Ph.D. Nina is a current TED Fellow, post-doctoral researcher at Columbia University's Lab for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, executive MBA student at Columbia University, and adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union, teaching a "Bioelectricity" class. A native New-Yorker, she spent her early career in telecom (Avaya Labs), transitioning to biomedical engineering via a Fulbright in Italy (working on an electronic odor detector). She completed her PhD under Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic at MIT and Columbia, researching cardiac tissue engineering. After consulting at McKinsey from 2008-10, she's resumed her research on electrical stimulation for broader tissue engineering applications. In her spare time, she practices yoga, running, metalsmithing, playing with puppies, baking and exploring.

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ECE 434: Bioelectricity
9/1/2007 – present
Course at the Cooper Union instructing students on the phenomena behind biological voltages, their propagation, and transduction of electrical stimuli. TONS of fun to teach :)
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An American electrical engineer and research scientist who explores how electrical stimulation encourages tissue growth. She is also a certified yoga instructor who explores the intersections between mindfulness, education and the scientific process in her own life, and, increasingly, with her students!

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Saag Paneer, Wine and Cheese, Crusty baguettes and creamy Camembert...dim sum at Happy Buddha in Flushing, Queens. Breakfast in bed. Poutine in the mountains of Quebec. The Diego at Shopsins, Lower East Side, NYC (this is an amazing concoction of poached eggs and Poutine, mmmmm). A cheese plate at Rossicioli's in Rome, Italy. Shumai in the hot tub at Spa Castle in Queens, NY.

A funny story about me:
I was a contestant on "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" back when my hair was wider than it is long (thank goodness these days are behind me!) and, unfortunately, when my knowledge of geography was much less, how shall we say, worldly? than it is today? OOPS! Lost in the first round! Oh, and I'm a "true New Yorker" -- my mom took the 6 train to the hospital! She was afraid of hitting traffic!!!

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
2012 TED Senior Fellow
French (France)
Sanskrit (just a bit)
Living in
New York, United States
Working in
New York, United States
Born in
New York, United States



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