Retraining the brain’s vision center to take action

Researchers led by UC Berkeley Professor and member of the graduate program Jose Carmena have demonstrated the astounding flexibility of the brain by training neurons that normally process input from the eyes to develop new skills, in this case, to control a computer-generated tone.

O’Connell’s mechanical engineering to aid back surgery

Grace O’Connell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, heads a project to develop a systematic way to predict which patients are most vulnerable to secondary fractures or disc degeneration following spinal fusion.

How Close Are We to Growing Human Body Parts in Laboratories?

BioE program faculty Todd McDevitt talks about his work creating organoids and the challenges faced in manufacturing human tissues in this video series by Seeker.

Prof Edward Chang in “Rebooting Kimberly’s Brain”

UCSF Bioengineering program faculty and neurosurgeon Edward Chang is part of the team unlocking new ways of treating epilepsy and mental health, featured in this news video about innovative treatments at UCSF.

Desai Lab diabetes startup featured on NPR

Encellin, a biotech startup formed from research in Professor Tejal Desai’s lab at UCSF, may have engineered and insulin-releasing implant to manage type-1 diabetes.

Roy Lab artificial kidney featured on Wired

Learn more about Professor Shuvo roy’s artificial implantable kidney.

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.