Dr Bhatia trained at Brown, MIT, Harvard, and MGH. She was a member of the Bioengineering Department at University of California at San Diego for six years. She has been awarded the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship given to "the nation's most promising young professors in science and engineering," the MIT TR100 Young Innovators Award, the Global Indus Technovator Award, and been named one of Massachusetts' 'Women to Watch'.
She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. She co-authored the first undergraduate textbook on tissue engineering and is a frequent advisor to governmental organizations on nanobiotechnology, biomedical microsystems, and tissue engineering.
She is the co-founder of two startup companies. She holds 15 issued or pending patents and has worked in industry at Pfizer, Genetics Institute, ICI Pharmaceuticals, and Organogenesis.