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​Welcome to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley where we pursue research and educational programs that open new areas of scientific inquiry, drive transformational technologies, and foster a community that trains and motivates the next generation of bioengineers.​



Now hiring new faculty

Bioengineering is recruiting one or more tenure-track Assistant Professors with an expected start date of July 1, 2018, at least one in the broad areas of biological engineering and synthetic biology, including computational biology, bioinformatics, and systems biology.

Our next seminar:

  • “Spatial genomics and single cell lineage dynamics by seqFISH and MEMOIR”

    October 25, 2017, 12–1 p.m.

    Hearst Memorial Mining Building

    Long Cai, California Institute of Technology

    Identifying the spatial organization of tissues at cellular resolution from single cellgene expression profiles is essential to understanding many biological systems. We have developed an in situ 3D multiplexed imaging method to quantify hundreds of genes with single cell resolution via Sequential barcodedFluorescence in situ hybridization (seqFISH) (Lubeck et al., 2014). We used seqFISH to...

Gilead Infosession

Join us for an infosession with Gilead!

Tuesday, 11/7, 5:00 PM
290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Join Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical company that delivers life-saving therapies to patients in need. DINNER PROVIDED!
Part of the Bio-Tech Connect Infosession Series, hosted by the Department of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Honor Society.

Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Yartsev awarded Packard fellowship

Professor Michael Yartsev has been awarded one of only 18 prestigious 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, to pursue new research into how our brains developed the ability to acquire language.

Surgical Innovations Accelerator Projects Harness Unique Talents of MTM Student Teams

At the heart of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Master of Translational Medicine program is a hands-on capstone project, where student teams work on developing medical technologies from idea to bedside. Learn more about three Surgical Innovations Accelerator projects at UCSF in Spring 2017.

Murthy shows efficient non-viral delivery of CRISPR machinery

Murthy shows efficient non-viral delivery of CRISPR machinery

Professors Niren Murthy and Irina Conboy are lead authors on a new study which demonstrates the delivery of CRISPR genome-editing molecules via nanoparticles rather than via viruses. They show that CRISPR components can be packaged around individual gold nanoparticles and wrapped in a protecting polymer, and that the nanoparticles deliver the CRISPR components into a wide variety of cells efficiently.

I’m a Bioengineer

Ori Hoxha

Ori Hoxha

Research Associate, Protein Fluidics, Inc.
BS Bioengineering, 2016

My role is to provide an interface between the different realms that need to be crossed to take our device to market, namely the biochemistry and the microfluidics.

“Berkeley Bioengineering enabled me, through hands-on research experience and by being able to take classes across different departments, to create a balanced profile, something critical for being constructive in a small start-up.”

Brian McRae

Brian McRae

Software Engineer, Genentech
BS Bioengineering, 2012; MS Bioengineering/ Translational Medicine, 2013

Our team builds exciting web applications that visualize drug manufacturing data and enable faster and more informed decisions. We work with various manufacturing groups such as Operations and Validation to understand their problems and collaborate to design new software solutions.

“With a background in bioengineering, I can make better design choices because I can understand what is happening in the manufacturing plant and what the code ultimately needs to accomplish.”

Upcoming events:

  • Nanoscience for Energy and Water

    October 20, 2017, 2–3 p.m.

    Tan Hall

    Prof. Yi Cui, Stanford University, MSE / Photon / Chemistry

    For more than a decade, my group has been working on a wide range of research topics related to nanomaterials design for energy, environment, and biology. We began with the critical problems that need to be addressed in these areas and design/invent nanomaterials with the right physical and chemical properties to solve those problems. In this talk, I will focus on examples of how...

  • ​Imaging Retinal Ganglion Cells

    October 23, 2017, 12–1:30 p.m.

    Minor Hall

    Don Miller, PhD, Indiana University School of Optometry

    Abstract: The retinal ganglion cell is the primary cell damaged by glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible visual loss worldwide. While we have a detailed understanding of the atrophy this disease inflicts on retinal ganglion cells, our ability to assess this damage in the living human eye is limited. A major obstacle is the difficulty to image—and thus count—these cells owing to their high...

  • Copyright and Your Dissertation

    October 23, 2017, 1–2:30 p.m.

    Sproul Hall

    Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

    From the beginning of the writing process all the way to submitting and publishing your dissertation or thesis, this workshop will teach you a workflow for addressing copyright and other legal considerations based on the content you're using. It will also help you address related publishing questions once you're finished writing, including considerations about sharing your dissertation online,...

  • Design Field Notes: Andreas Bastian

    October 23, 2017, 4–5 p.m.

    Jacobs Hall

    Andreas Bastian, an engineer and designer who explores the blurring line between materiality and design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

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