Ten faculty named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

Ten graduate program faculty have been named to the inaugural class of Investigators in the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Congratulations to UCSF faculty Adam Abate, Hana El-Samad, Zev Gartner, Bo Huang, and Tanja Kortemme, and Berkeley faculty Dan Fletcher, Amy Herr, Michel Maharbiz, Aaron Streets, and Ke Xu!

Desai named to new endowed chair

PhD alumna and chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Tejal Desai, will hold the Ernest L. Prien Endowed Professorship in Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.

Carmena receives federal BRAIN initiative grant

Professor Jose Carmena will receive one of the third round of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced three years ago by President Barack Obama. Carmena will receive $225,000 from the National Eye Institute to test newly developed wireless sensors, dubbed neural dust, to record activity in the central nervous system.

Ke Xu new 2016 Packard Fellow

UC Berkeley professor of chemistry Ke Xu has received one of 18 prestigious 2016 fellowships from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Xu develops new tools to interrogate biological, chemical, and materials systems at the nanoscale with extraordinary resolution and sensitivity.

DeRisi to lead Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

UCSF Professor Joe DeRisi, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics, will co-lead the new collaborative center joining UCSF, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. The first philanthropic science investment made by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Biohub will provide basic researchers and clinical scientists with flexible laboratory space, the latest technological tools and funding for ambitious research projects.

DeRisi Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Joseph L. DeRisi, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Majumdar awarded ISMRM Gold Medal

Sharmila Majumdar, bioengineering graduate program faculty and Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for her innovative contributions to the development of quantitative imaging methods.

Full and Keasling new AAAS members

Professors Robert Full and Jay Keasling, both of UC Berkeley, have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2016.

Bidens tour UCSF Bioengineering laboratories

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, PhD, visited UCSF as part of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative. They toured the UCSF Center for Advanced Technology, where they met with graduate program faculty Zev Gartner, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Wendell Lim, professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.

Desai featured in Bay Area Women in Science show

Tejal Desai was featured in a special KQED-TV segment on Bay Area women in STEM, explaining bioengineering, nanotechnology, and careers in science. Tejal is Chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences and an alumna of our own bioengineering graduate program.