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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.​

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2019 BIE cohort

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Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Grad student chairs Gordon Research Seminar

Grad student chairs Gordon Research Seminar

Bioengineering PhD student Louise Hansen, of Amy Herr’s lab, has been named co-chair of the 2021 Gordon Research Seminar on The Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics.  Chairing a prestigious Gordon Research Seminar is a major honor for a graduate student, and Louise is the third Berkeley student to do so. She follows Julea Vlassakis, who chaired in 2017, and Marc Chooljian in 2019.
Congratulations Louise!

Welcome to our new Chair!

Welcome to our new Chair!

It gives us great pleasure to announce Berkeley Bioengineering’s next Department Chair, Professor Sanjay Kumar! Kumar joined our faculty in 2005, and will be taking the reins from Professor Dan Fletcher, who will return to his normal teaching and research duties with our sincere thanks. 

Bats’ brains sync when they socialize

Bats’ brains sync when they socialize

Professor Michael Yartsev’s lab has shown that bats’ brain activity is literally in sync when bats engage in social behaviors like grooming, fighting or sniffing each other. This is the first study to observe synchronized brain activity in a non-human species engaging in natural social interactions, and opens the door to future study on how our brains process social interactions.

I’m a Bioengineer

Carol Major

Carol Major

Technical Program Manager, iPhone Product Operations
BS Bioengineering, 2013

“Strong communication skills have been critical to achieving management success and long-term career goals…Being able to build and develop mutual levels of respect and understanding between teams so that they are incentivized to provide support when issues arise has been invaluable.”

“I am also very passionate about encouraging young women to enter STEM fields, so I hope to one day use my career as a platform to support that.”

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:

  • Nanomaterials and Nanosystems for Catalytic, Energy and Biomedical Applications

    July 19, 2019, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

    120 Latimer Hall

    Professor Jackie Y. Ying, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

    Abstract: Nanostructured materials can be designed with sophisticated features to fulfill the complex requirements of advanced material applications. This talk describes the synthesis of metallic, metal oxide and semiconducting nanocrystals of controlled size, morphology and architecture. The nanocrystalline building blocks are used to create multifunctional systems with excellent dispersion and...

  • IB/MCB Seminar: Sculpting a stem cell niche in the endogenous and ectopic setting

    July 22, 2019, 4–5 p.m.

    2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

    Kacy Gordon, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • IB/MCB Seminar: Sculpting a stem cell niche in the endogenous and ectopic setting

    July 22, 2019, 4–5 p.m.

    2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

    Kacy Gordon, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

    August 16, 2019, 4–5 p.m.

    14 Durant Hall

    Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

    Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget. Open to all UC Berkeley students.

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