1. Introduction

Bioengineering Graduate Group Student Handbook

The University of California at San Francisco has long been a center of research and graduate training in biomedical sciences. The University of California at Berkeley is universally acknowledged for excellence in engineering, physical and life sciences. The close proximity of the two institutions has fostered numerous collaborations among faculty members on the two campuses and has introduced quantitative approaches to addressing fundamental problems in biological and clinical science. It was in recognition of this synergy that scientists on the two campuses proposed the formation of a joint graduate group in Bioengineering.

This fully integrated educational program was approved in 1983 and is authorized to offer Ph.D. degrees conferred jointly by the Graduate Divisions of both campuses. Over the past twenty-five years the UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering (JGGB) has become one of the pre-eminent educational programs in the country and is well known for the diversity and excellence of the training it provides.

Participation in the Group is interdepartmental as well as intercampus, as it combines the research activities of faculty from more than twenty departments from all four professional schools at UCSF (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy) with six departments from the College of Engineering at Berkeley and several non-engineering departments such as Molecular and Cell Biology, Psychology, Optometry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Integrative Biology, Plant and Microbial Biology and Public Health.

The objective of the Group is to offer Ph.D. degrees, and admission depends upon a student’s commitment to a program of study that allows him/her to complete that goal, although some students do obtain a Masters degree during their tenure. Doctoral students are expected to learn to bring the methods of modern engineering to bear on problems in biology and medicine, and also to learn how to teach others to do the same.

The Graduate Student Handbook describes the unique character and policies of the Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, and highlights their overlap and interface with policies governing UCSF, Berkeley, and the larger UC system. All students admitted to the Group are subject to the policies of either Campus, or the University at large, which supersede those of the Group.