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Tejal Desai – Bioengineer

Some treatments for diseases involve working on parts of the human body that are smaller than a tenth of the width of a piece of human hair. Tejal Desai, a bioengineering professor, works with these small parts using nanotechnology. She became interested in bioengineering as a freshman in high school because “engineering could have direct health applications and help people,” and now she is developing a tiny capsule that contains pancreatic cells that produce insulin as a potential treatment for diabetes.