Therapy could improve, prolong sight

Research from the lab of UC Berkeley Professor Richard Kramer, Bioengineering Graduate Program faculty member, could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness in those suffering vision loss. Rather than a cure for their underlying disease, this treatment works by reducing the noise generated by nerve cells in the eye to should bring images more sharply into view for people with some types of retinal degeneration, including age-related macular degeneration.

UCSF receives record NIH funding

UC San Francisco was the top public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2018, the 12th year in a row that UCSF claimed the top spot among public institutions, and the eighth straight year in which the University ranked second overall among institutions nationwide.

Tejal Desai Named Director of UCSF Health Innovation Via Engineering Program

The Health Innovation Via Engineering (HIVE) program will drive connections and collaborations with faculty members in UCSF’s schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy to address unsolved challenges at the intersection of engineering and health.

CRISPR diversifies: Cut, paste, on, off, and now– evolve!

Researchers led by BioE PhD student Shakked Halperin, working in the laboratories of David Schaffer and John Dueber at UC Berkeley, have described yet another creative application for CRISPR: a platform to spur evolution of specific genes inside cells.

Thomas Carey – Using Saliva For Cancer Diagnostics

Learn more about Thomas Carey’s work developing a microfluidic-based platform to detect the presence of biomarkers present in virtually every fluid, particularly saliva. Carey won the 2018 Early Innovator Award at the Molecular Medicine Tri Conference for this research.

BioE alumni on different continents win grant to to see molecular structure of membraneless organelles

Bioengineering PhD alumni Nick Fawzi and Sapun Parekh started a conversation about something completely different and ended up with a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study membraneless organelles.

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.

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.