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We caught up with Charley Della Santina (Ph.D. 1994), Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A Bay Area native, Della Santina received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis before returning for a joint Ph.D. in Bioengineering and an M.D. from UCSF in 1997.
Della Santina talked to us about vestibular prostheses, his path to professorship, and his advice for graduate students.
“I often tell students to consider the opportunity costs of going to grad school, in terms of the years you would have spent out working and earning a living. If you pay $85 for a lift ticket at a ski resort, you’re going to ski as many runs as you can that day to get your money’s worth. Every day in school is a worthwhile but expensive investment: get the most out of it every day. Actively seek out opportunities to learn new techniques and to assume greater independence.”
BioE graduate student Mozziyar Etemadi was honored in this year’s Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30″ list. We had a chat about collaboration, the blending of medicine and technology, cooking, and Northern California’s laid-back vibe.
What year are you, and what are you researching for your Ph.D.?
I grew up in the Chicago area and was always fascinated with computers and technology. When I was about ten years old I did some work on the side designing websites for local businesses. For the longest time thought I would work in software development, until I went to Stanford as an undergraduate and discovered the joys of building medical devices. I came here because the fantastic environment combining top-notch physicians and engineers creates a “perfect storm” for innovating medical device solutions quickly and effectively.
UCSF’s Pediatric Device Consortium received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November to expand their groundbreaking work on children’s health.
The consortium brings together a diverse group of engineers, scientists, clinicians and other professionals to innovate new and improved medical devices for children, a field that usually lags ten years behind adult device development. Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences Professor Shuvo Roy is one of the founders and directors of the project. Read more >
Top Ten Ranking for BioE
US News and World Report has named the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering one of the TOP TEN graduate programs in the US.
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FIVE Program Faculty Are 2012 AIMBE Fellows
Congratulations to UCSF Professors Tejal Desai and David Saloner, and Berkeley Professors Adam Arkin, Luke Lee and Lisa Pruitt, all new members of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows!
UCSF Alumni Weekend
UCSF’s inaugural Alumni Weekend is on April 20-21. The celebration will feature two days of reunion activities, including student poster sessions, breakfast with the chancellor, and a gala dinner for doctoral and postdoctoral program alumni. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.ucsfalumni.org/reunion.
Bioengineers Advance Computer Modeling to Predict Drug Clearance by Liver
Bioengineering graduate program member and UCSF School of Pharmacy professor Anthony Hunt, and 2010 BioE Ph.D. Shahab Sheikh-Bahaei, are creating computer programs that simulate the in vitro interactions between drugs and the liver cells that metabolize them.
Record Applicants for 2012
The 2012 admissions season finished up with a record 714 applicants — nearly 200 more than last year!
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