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

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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.

Researchers target brain circuitry to treat mental disorders

Bioengineering graduate program faculty are among the researchers at UC Berkeley and UCSF who will be working to develop devices to be implanted in the brain to target and correct malfunctioning neural circuits. Graduate prorgram faculty involved include Jose Carmena, Robert Knight, and Michel Maharbiz at UC Berkeley and Edward Chang at UCSF.

CellScope Inc, a BioE startup, in the NYTimes

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The CellScope otoscope, based on the CellScope pioneered by Dan Fletcher’s lab, is being developed by alumnus Erik Douglas’ startup Cellscope, Inc.

Happy 30th, BioE

30th anniversary photo

On April 26, 2014 alumni, faculty, and students celebrated the 30th anniversary of the UC Berkeley – UC San Francisco Graduate Program in Bioengineering. See photos and videos of the event online.

Kapil wins dissertation fellowship

BioE PhD student Monica Kapil has been awarded a UC Berkeley Dissertation-Year Fellowship. This award is open to doctoral students who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research, and who are in their final year of dissertation work. Monica has been extremely active in recruitment and community outreach activities, and is a member of Professor […]

Roorda is new Guggenheim Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Austin Roorda, awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships. Roorda is Chair of the vision science graduate group, professor of optometry and vision science, UC Berkeley, and member of the Bioe graduate program faculty.

Congratulations Judy Savitskaya, new Hertz Fellow

First year PhD student Judy Savitskaya has been awarded on of only fifteen 2014 Hertz Foundation Fellowships in the United States. The highly prestigious Hertz Fellowship is among the oldest and most coveted awards in science and engineering graduate studies. Judy is the only current student awardee at UC Berkeley or UCSF. Congratulations!

Neuroengineers consult on “Transcendence”


Two of our graduate faculty – Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz – provided inspiration and technical consulting to the new Johnny Depp movie, Transcendence. The movie, released in April 2014, depicts Depp working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.