BioMEMS & Nanotechnology

Control of materials at the micron and nanometer scale has the potential to revolutionize the study of biological systems and the treatment of disease. Berkeley researchers were among the original developers of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and the faculty of the Bioengineering Graduate Group remain at the forefront of MEMS research and development applied to biology (BioMEMS). Examples include new polymer-based drug delivery systems for anti-cancer agents, specialized tools for minimally invasive surgery, novel cell sorting systems for high-throughput data collection, and precision measurement techniques enabled by microfabricated devices. Use of new materials to make nanometer-scale structures designed to interact with biological systems is opening a new field of nanotechnology that promises advancements in fabrication technology, biological control, and medical applications. With outstanding fabrication and testing facilities, including the original Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory, the new NanoBio Center in the Stanley Biosciences and Bioengineering Building, and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and links to the local biotechnology industry, students in the Bioengineering Graduate Group become part of a dynamic community that is improving health through new technology.

BioMEMS & Nanotechnology faculty in the Graduate Group:

Joshua Berke
Steve Conolly
Tejal Desai
Shawn Douglas
Ronald Fearing
Loren Frank
Robert Full
Amy E. Herr
Bo Huang
Young-Wook Jun
Sanjay Kumar
Luke Lee
Dorian Liepmann
Michel Maharbiz
Richard Mathies
Shuvo Roy
S. Shankar Sastry
Lydia Sohn
Aaron Streets
Ke Xu