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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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Our next seminar:

  • “Diagnosing Disease on a Microchip: Scaling Up Micro- and Nano-Scale Diagnostics”

    November 29, 2017, 12–1 p.m.

    Hearst Memorial Mining Building

    David Issadore, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

    The transformative growth in microelectronics in the latter half of the 20th century was fueled fundamentally by the ability to simultaneously miniaturize and integrate complex circuits onto monolithic chips. The impact of this growth has been profound– computing is pervasive and portable, communication is instant and global, and information is ubiquitously gathered and shared. My research aims...

Zymergen Infosession

Join us for an infosession with Zymergen!

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

Meet Zymergen, a molecular technology company ushering in a new age of manufacturing and industrial innovation. DINNER PROVIDED! Resumes accepted.
Part of the Bio-Tech Connect Infosession Series, hosted by the Department of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Honor Society.

Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Lee and Satish in 30 Under 30

Lee and Satish in 30 Under 30

2016 PhD Kunwoo Lee and 2011 MTM Siddarth Satish have been named to the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30. Lee, a former student in Professor Seung-Wuk Lee’s lab and founder of startup GenEdit, developed a way to deliver muscular dystrophy-curing CRISPR edits to the body using nanoparticles. Satish is the founder and CEO of Gauss Surgical, a company that has developed technology to monitor blood loss in the operating room.

A cellphone-based microscope for treating river blindness

In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Fletcher Lab describes how the LoaScope, a modification their Cellscope, can provide fast and effective testing for Loa loa parasites in the blood. Using the LoaScope to analyze the blood of volunteers from villages in Cameroon, doctors were able to successfully treat more than 15,000 patients with ivermectin without serious complications.

Yartsev in Science: Rebalancing diversity of animal models in neuroscience research

Yartsev in Science: Rebalancing diversity of animal models in neuroscience research

Published in Science today, a review article by Prof. Michael Yartsev on the current decline in the diversity of species used for neuroscience research. The field has converged on a few selected model organisms, but Yartsev proposes that neuroscience might be ready to diversify again, if provided the appropriate support.

I’m a Bioengineer

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.”

Kathleen Gallo

Kathleen Gallo

Associate Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Channel Medsystems
Masters in Translational Medicine, 2011

I’ve been responsible for our company’s regulatory submissions in the US, Mexico, Canada, and the EU, as well as providing clinical and technical support for the physician investigators in our pivotal trial.

“I gained my foundation in clinical research and regulatory affairs through the MTM program. This allowed me to jump in quickly when our company developed the need for clinical and regulatory support.”

Upcoming events:

  • Electronic and Optical Properties of Atomically Thin Semiconductors

    November 17, 2017, 2–3 p.m.

    Tan Hall

    Prof. Tony F. Heinz, Stanford University, Applied Physics

    Graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon atoms, has attracted great attention because of its novel physical properties and potential for technology. Recently, this interest has expanded to the wider class of two-dimensional materials that occur naturally as 2D layers of van-der-Waals crystals. While preserving graphene’s flexibility and tunability by external perturbations, atomically thin...

  • How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

    November 20, 2017, 3:30–5 p.m.

    Durant Hall

    Leah Carroll

    If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget. The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...

  • Design Field Notes: Katarina Ilic

    November 20, 2017, 4–5 p.m.

    Jacobs Hall

    Katarina Ilic, co-founder of Voltera, will speak as part of the Design Field Notes pop-up talk series at Jacobs Hall.

  • No Bioengineering Seminar today

    November 22, 2017

    UC Berkeley Campus

    No seminar today due to Thanksgiving Holiday

UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering