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. 

Capstone team wins Honorable Mention in Big Ideas!

The Bioengineering senior capstone design team of Maxine Arnush, Priya Bhattacharjee, Josh Chen, and Richard Xu has received an Honorable Mention in the Hardware for Good category of the annual Berkeley Big Ideas competition.

A successful 2017 Bioengineering High School Competition

The annual Bioengineering High School Competition, run by our Bioengineering Honor Society, featured a keynote speech by Professor Tejal Desai, BioE PhD alumna and Chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences. Read more about the competition at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

MEng Capstone Project Highlight: Applied Rejuvenative Therapies

A team of BioE Master of Engineering students is working on aging and rejuvenation in the Conboy Lab.

Capstone team takes a bite out of Shark Tank

The capstone team of Darya Fadavi, Jeffrey Feng, and Noreen Wauford was one of only three teams to win Accelerator Awards in the UCSF Surgical Innovations Shark Tank event. They will receive $25,000 in seed funding plus engineering and development support to advance their project, “Quantitative Assessment of Degree & Spatial Extent of Pain Nerve Block.” They were the only winning team with student members, and co-presented with their UCSF mentors, Professors Matthew Haight and Merlin Larson.

M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Prevention of Early Breastfeeding Cessation

Bioengineering Master of Engineering students are developing a revolutionary breast cream to help mothers continue breastfeeding their newborn children.

BioE startup mFluiDx publishes their detection chip in Science

mFluiDx, a startup founded by BioE PhD alum Charlie Yeh and currently in the CITRIS Foundry incubator, has published their development of a portable, self-powered, low-cost nucleic acid detection chip. This simple chip allows rapid quantitative digital nucleic acid detection directly from small human blood samples, an alternative to real-time PCR testing in remote or low-resource settings.

Herr Lab advances protein expression profiling of circulating tumor cells using microfluidic western blotting

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are detached primary cancer cells found in the circulatory system that are implicated in the metastasis of cancer. Herr and collaborators have developed a microfluidic western blot for an 8-plex protein panel for individual CTCs, derived from estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients, that advances the state of the art in CTC characterization with tiny sample sizes.

Feature story: Designing healthy futures

See how students in bioengineering and other fields are working at the intersection of design and health at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.

M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Commercializing Nanocarriers for Neurological Diseases

A capstone team of bioengineering MEng students is developing nanocarriers to deliver medicine to inaccessible regions of the brain to treat neurologic and brain-related diseases.

Two BioE startups graduating from CITRIS Foundry

BioE startups GenEdit (Prof Niren Murthy and PhD Kunwoo Lee) and SmartPhage (MEng Job Shiach) have completed their time as members of the CITRIS Foundry’s startup program and are going out to change the world.

Where’d you get those threads?

Alumni company Bolt Threads has launched its first direct to consumers clothing made of synthetic spider silk – a snazzy tie! Only 50 will be made, but more engineered clothing is on the horizon.

Liepmann and Murthy Lab invention could make vaccinations needle-free

A recent proof-of-concept study shows that a tiny portable microjet injector called MucoJet can deliver a high-pressure stream of liquid and immune system-triggering molecules that penetrate the mucosal layer of the mouth to stimulate an immune response in the buccal region. The jet is pressurized, but not uncomfortably so, and would remove the sting of needles. Postdoctoral scholar Kiana Aran is lead investigator on the study.

Healy leads Berkeley arm of C-DOCTOR

UC Berkeley is a partner in one of two newly established Resource Centers as part of the The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration Consortium (DOCTRC). Aimed at developing resources and strategies for regenerating dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues that have been damaged by disease or injury, the Center for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) is a partnership between UC Berkeley, UCSF, USC, UC Davis, UCLA, and Stanford. Professor Kevin Healy is the principal investigator at Berkeley.

Yartsev named Sloan Research Fellow

Professor Michael Yartsev was named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selected 126 outstanding U.S.
and Canadian researchers as the recipients of the 2017 fellowships, honoring early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as the
next generation of scientific leaders.