Prof Adam Arkin and the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space are leading efforts to create zero-waste biomanufacturing systems in “Mars-like conditions”, for human futures on other worlds and our own.
A microfluidic device developed by Berkeley professors Lydia Sohn and Michael Lustig may help solve some of the most complex mysteries in cell biology.
Prof Jill Banfield of UC Berkeley is studying Borgs, microbes that assimilate pieces of the microbes they infect in a way that looks similar to the workings of CRISPR. She suspects there may be applications of Borgs that are just as revolutionary.
Five Bioengineering PhD students have been named Siebel Scholars of the class of 2023: Jordan Baker, Kelsey Gray DeFrates, Juan Eduardo Hurtado, Gabriela Lomeli, and Connor Tsuchida. The Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes top students at the world’s leading graduate schools of bioengineering, business, computer science and energy science.
Professors Adam Abate and Iain Clark were able to analyze single cells harboring latent HIV using a technique that isolates single, infected cells as tiny amounts of blood move through their microfluidic devices. Their work was featured in Science news.
An article published by Professor Emeritus Boris Rubinsky in 2005 was the first to suggest irreversible electroporation as a potential method for minimally invasive surgical tissue ablation. Now, as the second most cited paper in ABME history, irreversible electroporation has been implemented in the clinic as an effective approach to eradicating unresectable tumors in over 50 clinical trials and has helped more than 5500 cancer patients.
Using new technologies to study thousands of genes simultaneously within immune cells, researchers led by bioengineering graduate group faculty member Alex Marson have created the most detailed map yet of how complex networks of genes function together. The new insights into how these genes relate to each other shed light on both the basic drivers of immune cell function and on immune diseases.
Four bioengineers will be receiving 2022-23 UCSF Graduate Division PhD fellowships! Gauree Shriram Chendke receives the Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS), Nadia Mohammed Elmassalami Ayad the Lloyd M. Kozloff Fellowship, Caleb Tong the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation PhD Scholarship, and Diana Cruz Garcia the NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Fellowship. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Grace Gu, Phillip Messersmith and Wenjun Zhang, all faculty in the Bioengineering graduate program and 2022 recipients of the Bakar Fellows Spark Award. The Spark award is designed to accelerate UC Berkeley faculty-led research and produce tangible, positive societal impact through commercialization.
A new research program at the Innovative Genomics Institute led by bioengineering graduate faculty Jill Banfield and Jennifer Doudna, supported by a $11 million commitment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), seeks to use CRISPR genome editing to enhance the natural ability of plants and soil microbes to both capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.
Richard Ivry, professor of psychology and member of the bioengineering graduate program, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS). Ivry is also head of The Cognition and Action Lab and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. He studies cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on how people plan and execute actions and movements, and neurological disorders such as ataxia.
Assistant Professor Markita del Carpio Landry of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been named the inaugural recipient of the Philomathia Prize. The prize recognizes demonstrated excellence and future potential of a UC Berkeley faculty member’s research. Landry’s Philomathia-funded project intends to image neuropeptide signaling with near-infrared microscopy, which would enable exploring the role of these newly visible neurochemical signals in autism spectrum disorders.
Congratulations to our new PhD graduates, hooded at the Berkeley commencement ceremony on May 19.Check out our photos here
Congratulations Nadia Ayad, inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year award from UCSF Student Life. Nadia was recognized for her work leading the student group BE-STEM, as well as her work developing initiatives to apply justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion via the GRAD 210 course, and her phenomenal commitment to leadership in this area.
She is currently a student in the Weaver Lab at UCSF working on understanding the role of contractility in BMP signaling with a gastrulation model of hESCs colonies.
Both the keynote and student speakers at the 2022 UC Berkeley doctoral commencement ceremony are bioengineers! Recent alumna Sally Winkler, now a research scientist at AbbVie, will give the student address, and Ann Lee-Karlon, BS alumna and COO of Altos Labs, will deliver the keynote. The ceremony on May 18 will be webcast live.
Congratulations to graduate group faculty member Marina Sirota, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, and alumni Lana Garmire, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, and Wilbur Lam, Professor at Georgia Tech. All were elected as 2022 members of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.
Congratulations to bioengineers receiving new NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! Our winners are current PhD students Deniz Akpinaroglu, Joana Cabrera, Joy Chen, Benjamin Lesch, Alvince Pongos, Caleb Rux, Gabriel Sturm, and Jazmin Velazquez, and incoming PhD students Maple Chen, Russell Ro and Esther Sim. Great work!
Nearly 20 years after the sequencing of the human genome, a large team of researchers has finally filled in the remaining few percent of unsequenced DNA, providing the first complete, gapless human genome. First author of many of the suite of papers is Nicolas Altemose, 2021 bioengineering PhD and current postdoc with co-author Professor Aaron Streets.
The UC Berkeley – UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering has once again been ranked 4th in the nation by US News & World Report!
Congratulations to Outstanding GSI Award Winners for 2021-22 from Berkeley BioE courses: Erin Akins, Gabriela Lomeli, Amanda Meriwether and Vivien Tran! The UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor.
A team of researchers led by Bioengineering graduate program faculty member Alex Marson has adapted a variation of the CRISPR system to test every gene in the genome and rapidly discover genes that can be “turned on” in human immune cells to enhance their functions. This new tool gives them a more thorough and rapid way to discover genes that play a role in immune cell biology than previously possible.
With pride and sadness we announce that Professor Tejal Desai has accepted an appointment as the next Dean of Engineering at Brown University. Desai is an alumna of our own PhD program, former longtime chair of the Graduate Program and the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF, and inaugural director of UCSF’s Health Innovations Via Engineering (HIVE) initiative. Congratulations to both Tejal and Brown, who have a remarkable future ahead!
Congratulations to graduate program faculty members named to the second cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigators: Ed Chang, Dan Fletcher, Zev Gartner, Amy Herr, Bo Huang, Tanja Kortemme, Liana Lareau, Hao Li, Aashish Manglik, Rada Savic, Seth Shipman, Aaron Streets, and Laura Waller. Congratulations also to BioE alumnus Stanley Qi, now a professor at Stanford.
Non Thermal Irreversible Electroporation treatment, developed by Bioenginering and Mechanical Engineering professor Boris Rubinsky, is now the technology behind the Nanoknife. Licensed from Berkeley by AngioDynamics, the Nanoknife uses electric currents to quickly and easily reach remote tumors in prostate cancer. University College London Hospital was recently the first hospital to use the treatment in the British National Health Service.
Bacteria isolated from the roots of a corn plant able to break the bonds between two nitrogen atoms could help minimize the use of fertilizer in farming, according to a new study by Pivot Bio, founded by BioE alumnus Karsten Temme.