Tejal Desai named IAMBE Fellow

UCSF Professor and program alumna Tejal Desai has been named a 2019 Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). Congratulations!

Alumna develops protein cancer atlas to accelerate personalized medicine for leukemia patients

Alumna Amina Qutub, now Associate Professor at the University of Texas, created an online atlas to identify and classify protein signatures present at acute myelogenous leukemia diagnosis.

Muncie presents at UCSF Page Symposium

2016 UCSF Discovery Fellow Jon Muncie, of Professor Valerie Weaver’s lab, was selected to present at the 2019 Michael Page, PhD Research Symposium. The symposium showcases the research of basic science PhD students, and celebrates six years of igniting scientific curiosity through the Discovery Fellows Program.

How Lygos CEO Eric Steen is tackling the petrochemical industry

PhD alumnus Eric Steen is interviewed on BioE startup Lygos’ environmentally friendly process for creating malonic acid, a petrochemical-intensive substance used in everything from food flavorings to auto coatings.

Professor Sarah Nelson, 1954-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce that Professor Sarah J. Nelson, a long-time leader of the Bioengineering Graduate Program, has passed away after a struggle with cancer. In addition to being an internationally recognized researcher in metabolic imaging, Sarah was instrumental in growing the joint graduate program and establishing the Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences at UC San Francisco. A tireless educator, she mentored over 90 students and postdoctoral fellows and lent advice and support to countless others. She will be missed.

Tejal Desai named President-Elect, AIMBE

Tejal Desai, program alumna and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF, was announced as president-elect announced at the March 24, 2019 annual meeting. “Beyond recognizing excellence, AIMBE is unique in its commitment to advancing public understanding, showcasing the impact of biologic and medical engineering on society, and serving as a thought leader in public policy,” Desai said. “I look forward to serving as the organization’s future president.”

Prof Tanja Kortemme named AIMBE Fellow

Graduate program member and UCSF Professor Tanja Kortemme has been named a 2019 Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, for “outstanding contributions in computational protein design including energy functions, sampling algorithms, and molecules to rewire cellular control circuits.” Fellows fulfill AIMBE’s mission of providing leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the advancement of society.

Desai named President-Elect of AIMBE

Professor and alumna Tejal Desai was named President-Elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering at their annual event March 24-25. She has been Chair of the AIMBE College of Fellows for the past year. Great leadership Dr. Desai!

Creasey takes 2nd at UCSF Grad Slam

Bioengineer Olivia Creasey took second place in this year’s UCSF Grad Slam, which challenges students to give a compelling presentation of their research in 3 minutes or less. Creasey presented “An Instruction Manual for Islet Assembly”.

Therapy could improve, prolong sight

Research from the lab of UC Berkeley Professor Richard Kramer, Bioengineering Graduate Program faculty member, could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness in those suffering vision loss. Rather than a cure for their underlying disease, this treatment works by reducing the noise generated by nerve cells in the eye to should bring images more sharply into view for people with some types of retinal degeneration, including age-related macular degeneration.