Rao wins UCSF Shark Tank Pitch Competition

PhD student Adam Rao won the UCSF Shark Tank 2018 competition with his ongoing project, Tabla: Acoustic Pneumonia Detection Device. Six Surgical Innovations Accelerator finalists pitched their devices to a panel of experts, with Tabla winning the $50k in seed funding prize.

5 students named 2019 Siebel Scholars

Andrew Bremer, Marc Steven Chooljian, Phillip Kang, Stacey Lee, and Nicole Anne Repina have been named the 2019 UC Berkeley Siebel Scholars in Bioengineering by the Siebel Foundation.

Kwasi Amofa receives LBNL Bridge Fellowship

First-year PhD student Kwasi Amofa has been awarded a summer 2019 Bridge Fellowship by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Bridge Fellowship program immerses graduate students into Berkeley Lab research with a paid summer internship partnered with a laboratory researcher.

Alumna profile: Laura Croft

Get to know PhD alumna Laura’s work with Booz Allen Hamilton.

CRISPR diversifies: Cut, paste, on, off, and now– evolve!

Researchers led by BioE PhD student Shakked Halperin, working in the laboratories of David Schaffer and John Dueber at UC Berkeley, have described yet another creative application for CRISPR: a platform to spur evolution of specific genes inside cells.

Diassess wins HHS BARDA award for home influenza test

Alumni startup Diassess has been selected for an award of up to $21M for further development of a consumer at-home influenza diagnostic, which could have significant impact on controlling the spread of the flu. The company was founded by PhD alumni Debkishore Mitra and John Waldeisen.

Thomas Carey – Using Saliva For Cancer Diagnostics

Learn more about Thomas Carey’s work developing a microfluidic-based platform to detect the presence of biomarkers present in virtually every fluid, particularly saliva. Carey won the 2018 Early Innovator Award at the Molecular Medicine Tri Conference for this research.

Alumna Sode at MIT SOLVE

Watch PhD Alumna Miki Sode, Commercial Innovation Program Manager, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, discuss how the technologies being designed to make future life in space safe, efficient, and sustainable might be adapted to do the same on Earth.

Yiqi Cao takes second at UC GradSlam

Congratulations Yiqi Cao, who took second place at the 2018 UC System-wide GradSlam! Yiqi represented all of UCSF against students from across the UC system, competing to do the best 3-minute explanation of their PhD thesis.

BioE alumni on different continents win grant to to see molecular structure of membraneless organelles

Bioengineering PhD alumni Nick Fawzi and Sapun Parekh started a conversation about something completely different and ended up with a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study membraneless organelles.