Nina Tandon was raised on Roosevelt Island in New York City. She first became interested in science as a child when she learned her siblings suffered from eye conditions. As a child she and her siblings were encouraged to do science experiments. Both Nina and her siblings ended up pursuing science.
Nina graduated from Cooper Union with a bachelor in Electrical Engineering in 2001. As an experiment, during her undergraduate years, she built a musical instrument that is played through human bodies’ electromagnetic waves. Nina received a Fulbright scholarship to attend the University of Rome Tor Vergata from 2003 to 2004. During this time she helped develop Libranose, through analyzing “patient breath samples to determine the feasibility of a noninvasive cancer-smelling device.” In 2004 Nina received a Presidential Fellowship to MIT. She graduated with a MS in Electrical Engineering in 2006.
In 2006 she began graduate work at the Boston School. She switched to Columbia University, graduating in 2009 with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. There, she focused on Cardiac Tissue Engineering, and began creating her own tissues. In 2012 Nina received her MBA from Columbia. She did this to open business opportunities for her research.
At Columbia, Nina Tandon grew and stimulated cells through electrical currents. Her ultimate goal is to invent a process whereby scientists could grow entire human organs. So far, she has produced beating heart cells on the hearts of rats.
Nina went on to cofound and serve as the CEO of EpiBone, a biomedical engineering company that creates bone tissue for use in bone grafts. Outside of science, Nina enjoys yoga, running, and metalworking. She is also a TED Senior Fellow, having given several TED talks. She is currently an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at Cooper Union and a senior fellow at the Lab for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering at Columbia.