BioE startup Lygos produces malonic acid from sugar

Lygos, a company founded by BioE PhD alumni Jeff Dietrich and Eric Steen, has been in the news for their newly announced breakthrough in the production of malonic acid. The acid is a high-value chemical useful for production of pharmaceuticals, flavors, fragrances, and specialty materials. The new process, using engineered microbes, would be cheaper and less polluting than the current petroleum-intensive production methods.

UCSF Schools Lead Nation In NIH Biomedical Research Funds

For the second year in a row, UC San Francisco’s four schools topped the nation in federal biomedical research funding in their fields in 2014, with the graduate-level university as a whole receiving the most of any public recipient and second most overall in funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to annual NIH figures.

Alumna Lee receives NSF CAREER Award

Somin Lee

Congratulations to PhD alumna Somin Eunice Lee, now Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan, recipient of an NSF CAREER award for her research project, “Engineering Plasmonic Nanoantenna Architectures for Efficient Nuclear Delivery.”

Meet Professor Grace O’Connell


Check out an interview with graduate faculty member and assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Grace O’Connell.

Keasling and Mathies named to National Academy of Inventors

Jay Keasling and Richard Mathies, UC Berkeley professors and faculty of the graduate program in bioengineering, have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. NAI fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

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.