Carmena receives federal BRAIN initiative grant

Professor Jose Carmena will receive one of the third round of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced three years ago by President Barack Obama. Carmena will receive $225,000 from the National Eye Institute to test newly developed wireless sensors, dubbed neural dust, to record activity in the central nervous system.

Ke Xu new 2016 Packard Fellow

UC Berkeley professor of chemistry Ke Xu has received one of 18 prestigious 2016 fellowships from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Xu develops new tools to interrogate biological, chemical, and materials systems at the nanoscale with extraordinary resolution and sensitivity.

Orsborn named 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow

BioE alumna Dr. Amy Orsborn was named a 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow, a program that awards research grants to five women postdoctoral scientists annually for their contributions in STEM fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Orsborn is now a postdoctoral researcher at New York University, studying improved treatments for people with motor disabilities caused by limb loss, stroke or spinal injury.

Ramasubramanian wins at BioX-ADATE Tissue Engineering Symposium

PhD student Anusuya Ramasubramanian’s team presented a winning oral talk and poster at the BioX-ADATE Tissue Engineering Symposium at Stanford this September. Congratulations!

DeRisi to lead Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

UCSF Professor Joe DeRisi, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics, will co-lead the new collaborative center joining UCSF, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. The first philanthropic science investment made by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Biohub will provide basic researchers and clinical scientists with flexible laboratory space, the latest technological tools and funding for ambitious research projects.

2017 Siebel Scholars named

Matthew Bakalar, Benjamin Epstein, Elena Kassianidou, Sylvia Natividad-Diaz, and Kevin Yamauchi have been named the 2017 UC Berkeley Siebel Scholars in Bioengineering by the Siebel Foundation.

UCSF Medical Center ranked 7th best hospital in the U.S.

UCSF Medical Center has been named among the nation’s premier medical institutions for the 15th consecutive year, ranking as the seventh best hospital in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Hospitals survey.

Maharbiz and Carmena create implantable neural dust

Messersmith lab featured on CBS news

Adam Arkin on Big Data and Big Problems

Thoughts from Professor Adam Arkin, UC Berkeley, leading scholar in systems and synthetic biology. The world situation There are a number of large global problems facing humanity today. Possibly the largest is food. By 2050 or 2060 we expect to have 9 billion people on the planet, and by some estimates to feed those people […]