BioE faculty receive first NIH BRAIN grants

Several members of the bioengineering graduate program have received research grants in the highly competitive first wave of National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards to support President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative.

Five students named 2015 Siebel Scholars

The Siebel Foundation has announced the names of five UC Berkeley Bioengineering graduate students who have been named Siebel Scholars.The Siebel Scholars program recognizes outstanding graduate students from the world’s most prestigious business, computer science, and bioengineering graduate schools. Each of the Class of 2015 Siebel Scholars will receive a $35,000 award for his or […]

Two bioengineers study abroad as EAPSI scholars

2014 Korea EAPSI Scholars

BioE PhD students Augusto Tentori and Todd Duncombe, both of Professor Amy Herr’s lab, were selected as NSF EAPSI scholars for Summer 2014, allowing them to do research in Korea and Taiwan, respectively.

Alumni Profile: Christine Leon Swisher

Swisher in the lab

One of our most recent alumnae, Dr. Christine Leon Swisher spoke with us about juggling her passions for science and dance, simultaneously pursuing a PhD and dancing with the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders.

BioE grad student studies infant HIV testing in Kenya

student in Kenya

Bioengineering graduate student Rachel Gerver of Professor Amy Herr’s lab has just returned from a three-week needs-finding expedition on infant HIV diagnosis in Kenya.

UC President visits UCSF-Tuskegee partnership

president and students

On August 5, 2014 UC President Janet Napolitano visited UCSF to learn more about the UCSF-Tuskegee Partnership in Bioengineering and meet with some of the current participants.

Vlassakis attends Lindau Nobel Meeting

Vlassakis at Lindau

Graduate student Julea Vlassakis was selected to participate in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, June 29 to July 4 2014, in Lindau, Germany. Only the 600 most qualified young researchers were given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Desai is the new Chair of BTS

Tejal Desai. Photo by Cindy Chew.

Bioe alumna (Ph.D. 1998)  and graduate faculty member Tejal Desai has been appointed Chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, effective August 1, 2014.

Bioengineers in the SF Chronicle

UCSF Lance

Bioengineering students and faculty are featured at the launch of the Rosenman Institute for medical technology development.

Tiny Sheep: UC Berkeley Researchers Use Electricity to Herd Cells


By using electric currents, bioengineering graduate student Daniel Cohen and graduate faculty member Michel Maharbiz are studying how epithelial cells respond to electric fields and move in unison, to potentially aid wound healing.