Dr. Sat Bhattacharya is a Molecular Geneticist and Cancer Research Scientist. His worked for the past twenty years has focused on devising new protocols and performing research and clinical studies on various procedures in the early detection and cure of cancer as well as training medical and research personnel in molecular and genetic engineering at the internationally acclaimed ‘Memorial Sloan Kettering Center’ in New York.
He has had several years of experience in basic, translational and clinical research in various National and international universities, hospitals, and bio/pharmaceutical Companies. He not only has guided and nurtured various students and projects, but also, has overseen many to their successful fruition, resulting in the publication of numerous articles in various national and international peer review journals and conferences and invited lectures. He serves as a reviewer for major peer-reviewed scientific journals like the ‘American Journal of Pathology’, “Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry” and others.
An author and reviewer of numerous peer reviewed scientific articles and books, he is widely involved in giving lectures, seminars and workshops in leading universities and institutions worldwide. He is a recipient of several awards and recognition in research, such as the ‘Outstanding Young Investigator Award’, and many others at various National and International Scientific Meetings and congresses.
A Fellow at the Royal Microscopic Society at Oxford University in UK, he also holds positions in numerous national and international scientific associations and societies like – European Society for Analytical Cellular Pathology, Metastasis Research Society, and International Society for Quantitative & Diagnostic Pathology, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, American Association of Anatomists, The Histochemical Society, and Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Currently, he also serves as the president of the Rockefeller University Chapter of “Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society” – one of the most prestigious and oldest science organizations with over 200 Nobel Laureates.
He serves on several advisory committees to Senator Gillibrand, New York City Mayor’s task force on science education and education reform and others. He also serves as a visiting professor at several universities and institutions world-wide. He serves as a panelist on various committees at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Science Board (NSB). He also is an advisor to several heads of state and governments on science education policy for several countries worldwide.
The “Southern Poverty Law Center” has honored him on the ‘The Wall of Tolerance’ of the “National Campaign of Tolerance”(2003 – present). He is also cited in “Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century” by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, UK. Who’s Who in World (2003 – present), Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2003 – present), Who’s Who in America (2002 – present) and the “America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals” (2003 – present). In recognition of his scientific and charitable works, Dr. Bhattacharya has received numerous awards, such as the Archie Lacey Award, a Civil Liberties National Honor, accorded by The New York Academy of Sciences in recognition of a scholar for substantial contributions in the recruitment of minority Americans into the sciences and preparing minority students for twenty-first century professions in Science, Technology and Health. His work and he have frequently been featured on local, national and international TV, press and media, including promotions by many reputed organizations like New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and Partnership for After School Education (PASE) anniversary showcases. The New York Daily News, in their special Thanksgiving week tribute, featured him as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes”.
Dr. Bhattacharya founded Harlem Children Society (HCS) in 2000 with the purpose of providing access to science education and careers to under-resourced and under-served high school and under-graduate students. HCS is a Not-for-profit [501(c)(3)] organization, of which he is the current president and CEO. He has, over the years developed a highly successful hands-on research program for such students with some of the top scientists, doctors and engineers, from hundreds of institutions from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to NASA. What began as a pilot program with three high school students, under his tutelage, has grown and evolved into an organization that has helped legions of such deserving students both locally from New York City, to across the country, as in the Hopi and other Indian reservations, New Orleans, Detroit and many other urban and rural areas across the country. It has increased its reach in numerous countries throughout the world, including Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Algeria, Tanzania, India, Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Moldova and New Zealand in all continents. Dr. Bhattacharya continues to provide rigorous oversight and direction to the organization. As a result of his efforts and vast network of science professionals. All of his past students have successfully participated and competed in several Regional & National Science conferences and Competitions in New York and across the country winning innumerable Awards including the ‘New York Times Scholarship’ and the ‘Gates Millennium Scholarships’, ‘Posse Scholarships and many others’. Many have joined leading universities like Cornell, Penn State, Swarthmore, Dartmouth, Columbia, NYU, RPI, pursuing studies in Bio/Medicine and Engineering; including MD, MD/PhD, Engineering, and Veterinary programs. He is the architect and driving force of HCS’s innovative and effective science education model, considered by many to be the only one of its kind on this large a scale. HCS is widely recognized as an exemplary science education and workforce development program.
Dr. Bhattacharya has successfully organized several unique global events – the ‘International Harlem Science Parades, Street Fairs and Festivals’ – to promote science awareness and seed development of the masses, in a unique celebration of science and culture – fully interacting with the peoples of our immediate and global community. The goal is to share the spirit of scientific enquiry, art, culture and the celebration of the human spirit, held simultaneously in several countries in continents across the time and digital divide. In 2009, he has successfully organized sixth such successive event – these science fairs were concurrently held across several time zones and continents in – Harlem in NYC; Hopi reservation in Arizona; Monterrey in Mexico, Meru in Kenya and Calcutta in India at the same time and had it webcasted live. His goal is to have a science street festival and Fair in an identified town/village/city in each country at the same time/ same day and connect this though webcasts all over. This involvement with under-resourced neighborhoods – through both the Internship Program and the Science Street Fairs & Festivals – represents a kind of experiment aimed at stimulating the development of human capital and social entrepreneurship within them. This unique venture is further aimed at encouraging, fostering and furthering a dialogue about different health, environmental and other pertinent issues concerning the masses.
Widely recognized as an educator, he has advanced minority student participation in the sciences. He remains the acknowledged leader and dynamic force behind the establishment, evolution and success of HCS, which he has developed as one of the biggest, best and most sought after programs of its kind, serving as a paradigm for science education across the country and worldwide. He hopes to better humanity through education, kindred spirit, and develop a keen sense of discipline to strive towards our goals of common betterment and entrepreneurial spirit to bring peace and prosperity worldwide.
He harbors a unique worldview encompassing the virtues of science education for the masses especially the under-resourced and under-served, implementing various sustainable developmental entrepreneurial ventureships at a glocal scale.