Profession Spotlight: Bioengineer

Career Spotlight: Bioengineer

Tejal Desai is a bioengineering professor at UC San Francisco who is investigating new therapies for diabetes. Making use of nanotechnology, she is establishing a tiny capsule that consists of pancreatic cells that produce insulin. This capsule would be implanted in a patient’s body and act as an artificial pancreas. In high college, Desai wasn’t confident what career path to pursue. As a freshman, she participated in a National Science Foundation system focused on engaging girls in science where she met a lot of inspirational girls, including a biotech engineer. She says the subject appealed to her due to the fact “engineering could have direct overall health applications and assist men and women.”

This video is one of 3 in the Career Spotlight: Biotechnology series.