Nina, a New-Yorker from Roosevelt Island, is a 2011 TED Fellow and Fulbright Alum. 
She is an electrical and biomedical engineer at Columbia University's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, and adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union, teaching a "Bioelectricity" class.
She spent her early career in telecom (Avaya Labs), and transitioned into biomedical engineering via her Fulbright in Italy (working on an electronic odor detector). She completed her PhD under Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic at MIT and Columbia, researching electrical stimulation for cardiac tissue engineering. After consulting at McKinsey from 2008-10, she has 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.
watch my TED Talk "Caring for Engineered Tissues" from March 2011!  
TEDx Talk at Columbia University from April 20110: "Engineering Life in the Valley of Death"