January 2013 Graduate Newsletter

Alumni Profile: Nano Precision Medical

Adam and Kayte

Adam and Kayte in the lab. Photo by Euan Slorach.

Nano Precision Medical, Inc. is a startup company developing implantable drug delivery systems, founded by BioE alums Kayte Fischer (Ph.D. ’10), Adam Mendelsohn (Ph.D. ’11), and Lily Peng (Ph.D. ’10).

Adam and Kayte shared with us some of their experiences in startup life.

“When you are in graduate school, or even a postdoc, you have an advisor who has the ultimate say over your project, team, and working conditions. While not exactly unexpected, the extent of the freedom and power of making those decisions without a boss, other than the board of directors, is both awesome and terrifying, especially right out of graduate school.” – Kayte

“If I had the opportunity again, I would take it in a heartbeat. If you have an idea that you believe in, the only way to find out whether it is truly viable is to first immerse yourself completely in it.” – Adam
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Bob Full’s leaping lizards

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UC Berkeley Integrative Biology Professor and member of the graduate program Bob Full studies the physical and biological underpinnings of animal movement. He and his lab build computer and robotic models to understand how animals walk up walls, leap long distances, and perform other super-human feats.

Check out this feature and video on Full’s work at the University of California >

Save the date!

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UCSF’s annual alumni weekend will be April 25-27, 2013. Visit www.ucsfalumni.org for more information.

Faculty get $2 million for flexible bioelectronics systems

Several members of the graduate program have been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop flexible bioelectronics systems to advance medical care.

The award will support the development of electronic nanomaterials that could be implanted into the body for applications such as would healing, and could also be safely reabsorbed into the body.

The project is led by UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences Michel Maharbiz, along with UC Berkeley faculty members Vivek Subramanian and Ana Claudia Arias, and by UC San Francisco researchers Dr. Michael Harrison and Shuvo Roy. Read more >

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