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”.

Three Bioengineers finalists at UCSF Grad Slam

Lindsey Osimiri, Olivia Creasey, and Hardik Kothare are all finalists in the UCSF Grad Slam, which challenges students to give a compelling presentation of their research in 3 minutes or less

UCSF receives record NIH funding

UC San Francisco was the top public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2018, the 12th year in a row that UCSF claimed the top spot among public institutions, and the eighth straight year in which the University ranked second overall among institutions nationwide.

Tejal Desai Named Director of UCSF Health Innovation Via Engineering Program

The Health Innovation Via Engineering (HIVE) program will drive connections and collaborations with faculty members in UCSF’s schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy to address unsolved challenges at the intersection of engineering and health.

Athena Award for Winkler and Wolf

BioE PhD students Sally Winkler and Kayla Wolf are receiving a 2018 Women In Technology Initiative Athena Award for Next Generation Engagement, for Double Shelix, their podcast all about women in STEM, the grad school grind, and inclusive science.

House and Senate delegation meets with bioengineers

Visitors from the US House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services visited UC Berkeley on Tuesday, October 16 and toured Professor Amy Herr’s laboratory. The appropriations staff met with several bioengineering graduate students, as well as Professor Herr, who were able to provide specific stories of NIH funding impact on both research and the […]