Cell mechanics lead to chicken feathers, hair

Professor Sanjay Kumar’s lab collaborated to show how identical embryonic skin cells organize to produce follicles and feathers, based on resistance from the materials underlying the skin. This could lead to more practical use of stem cells to produce skin graft materials. The work was conducted with Amy Shyer, a Miller postdoctoral fellow, and visiting scholar Alan Rodrigues, of Professor Harland’s lab, and BioE PhD student Elena Kassianidou.

Murthy Lab receives grant for new treatments for drug resistant bacterial infections

Professor Niren Murthy, in partnership with School of Public Health Professor Lee Riley, has be awarded a three-year R33 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Can a simple blood draw yield clues to cancer?

Professor Amy Herr’s microfluidic liquid biopsies are featured in the latest Promise of Berkeley magazine.

Yartsev receives Fay/Frank Seed Grant

Professor Michael Yartsev has received a Fay/Frank Seed Grant from the Brain Research Foundation, which provides start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience.

Viral infections decrease muscle health, cause damage

Researchers in Prof. Irina Conboy’s lab found that viral infections turn down the intensity of a key oxytocin receptor linked to healing and health of skeletal muscle and bone, mental well-being and prevention of obesity. The pathway was recently shown to be needed for muscle maintenance and regeneration, which declines with age.

Eko Devices clears new ECG tool

Eko Devices, a BioE startup led by alumnus Connor Landgraf, has received FDA clearance for its second tool, a combined digital stethoscope and electrocardiogram (ECG).

2017 Biodesign Immersion Experience kicks off

The 2017 Biodesign Immersion Experience has kicked off their summer of engineering design with a busy week of six offsite visits and their first blog post. Catch up with the BIE summer interns, who will be blogging for the next six weeks on the role of engineering design in clinical medicine, based on visits and interactions with the generous professional engineers and clinicians who host & mentor them.

Yartsev named McKnight Scholar

Professor Michael Yartsev has been selected to receive a 2017 McKnight Scholar Award, which is granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.

MTM team pitches success

This Master of Translational Medicine team is shining at startup pitch competitions! Maria Artunduaga, Siobhan Rigby, and Stephanie Nemec are developing – outside of their normal MTM project curriculum – a tech-enabled service that helps COPD patients continuously monitor their blood oxygen levels.

Amy Herr selected for Defense Science Study Group

Professor Amy Herr is one of 16 faculty nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 Defense Science Study Group. This program introduces outstanding science and engineering faculty to the country’s security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues, and has hosted some of the top minds at Berkeley and in the country.

Four first-in-animal successes for Magnetic Particle Imaging

Professor Steve Conolly’s lab continues it’s push to make Magnetic Particle Imaging a reality with four first-in-animal demonstrations published this year.

Magnetic Insight wins 2017 Luis Villalobos Award

BioE startup Magnetic Insight was selected by the Angel Capital Association for its 2017 Luis Villalobos Award for ingenuity, creativity, and innovation among startups.

Amy Herr–Changing the World One Cell at a Time

Student Meghana Krishnakumar writes about Professor Amy Herr’s research for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Healy receives Humboldt Research Award

Professor Kevin Healy has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research by nomination from a peer. In addition, Healy is invited to carry out research projects of his choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Capstone team takes 2nd at Big Ideas

The bioengineering senior capstone design team of Matt Chan, Karthik Prasad, and Sara Sampson took 2nd place in the Global Health category of the Berkeley Big Ideas competition.