Scientists ‘herd’ cells in new approach to tissue engineering

cell herding video screen

Researchers led by recent BioE PhD Daniel Cohen and Professor Michel Maharbiz found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells, an achievement that could establish the basis for more controlled forms of tissue engineering.

Stem cell research may unlock secrets of incurable diseases

Stem cell research in Professor David Schaffer’s lab is profiled in the Daily Cal.

Chemical temporarily restores sight in blind mice

mouse retina

UC Berkeley professor Richard Kramer and his colleagues have restored sight to blind mice using a small molecule called DENAQ, which, as a photoswitch chemical, changes conformation in response to light.

Mofrad shows how Staph bacteria adhere to nanostructures

Staph bacteria

Professor Mohammad Mofrad and his lab have investigated, for the first time, how individual Staphylococcus Aureus cells glom onto metallic nanostructures of various shapes and sizes. Their research could guide the development of bacteria-resistant materials.

Vlassakis going to Lindau Nobel Meeting

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

Alumni Profile: Timothy Mills

Dr. Mills, photo by Sanderling Ventures

Timothy Mills,1986 – our second Ph.D. graduate – spoke with us about his career from academia to venture capital, and memories of the early Bioengineering Graduate Program. I graduated from the University of Colorado in 1980 and was very interested in bioengineering, but there weren’t a lot of formal programs available. Stanford had a work/school co-op […]

Ganguly receives Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Karunesh Ganguly, MD, PhD, assistant professor in residence at the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Department of Neurology and affiliate member of the graduate program, has been awarded the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

MTM and PhD team gets $2.7mil to reduce premature births

smart diaphragm team

A team led by bioengineering Master of Translational Medicine and PhD students, along with UCSF bioengineering and medical faculty and staff, has received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant of $2.7 million over three years for a collaborative project aimed at reducing premature births.

Eight students named UCSF Discovery Fellows

Bioengineering PhD students Alec Cerchiari, Trey Jalbert, Bertram Koelsch, Christine Leon, Harrison Liu, Yekaterina Miroshnikova, Matthew Rubashkin, and Lawrence Uricchio were named to the inaugural cohort of UCSF Discovery Fellows.

DeRisi wins NAS Carty Award

Professor Joseph DeRisi, professor and vice chair at the UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, was presented the National Academy of Sciences Carty Award for noteworthy and distinguished accomplishment in genome biology.