Alumna Woodruff studies toxic exposure at UCSF

Professor Tracey Woodruff, PhD 1991, is now the director of UC San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Her work identifying, measuring and preventing exposure to environmental contaminants that affect human reproduction and development is featured in the latest issue of the UCSF magazine.

Downing in 2017 30 Under 30

Congratulations 2013 PhD Tim Downing, now a professor at UC Irvine, named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work examining how extracellular signals can influence the final fate of cells.

BioE startup Lygos raises $13 million

Lygos Biotech, founded by PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, has raised $13 million in Series A funding to continue their work producing high-value specialty chemicals through synthetic biology. Their process uses domestic sugars instead of petroleum for chemical production, and has already resulted in the world’s first bio-based production of malonic acid.

BioE startup Diassess featured in Wired

John Waldeisen, CEO and Co-founder of Diassess, talks with Wired about the diagnostic tech landscape post-Theranos.

Orsborn named 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow

BioE alumna Dr. Amy Orsborn was named a 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow, a program that awards research grants to five women postdoctoral scientists annually for their contributions in STEM fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Orsborn is now a postdoctoral researcher at New York University, studying improved treatments for people with motor disabilities caused by limb loss, stroke or spinal injury.

Tentori receives Ford Fellowship

Recent BioE PhD Augusto Tentori has been awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship for postdoctoral study. Only 21 scholars in the country were granted postdoctoral fellowships this year. Tentori received his Ph.D. in 2015 for work in Professor Amy Herr’s lab, and is now a researcher at MIT.

Alumnus Di Carlo wins PECASE

BioE alumnus Dino Di Carlo, now a professor at UCLA, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The award was presented at the White House on May 5, 2016.

Bolt Threads SXSW interview

Check out this great interview with PhD alum and Bolt Threads founder David Breslauer at SXSW!

Di Carlo receives Materials Research Society’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Bioengineering alumnus Dino Di Carlo, (B.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2006), has been named the 2016 Outstanding Young Investigator by the Materials Research Society. He is currently a professor in the department of bioengineering at UCLA. His award winning research, Microstructured Materials for Cell Analysis and Regeneration, will be presented at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit on Thursday, March 31 at UCLA.

Interview with alumna Rachel Gerver

Check out this interview with PhD alumna Rachel Gerver on development engineering and early infant HIV diagnosis.