BioE undergrad alumna Ann Lee-Karlon, later a PhD graduate of UC San Diego, has been elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018. She was recognized for “outstanding leadership in successful drug development and business operations in Genentech and for enhancing diversity of future BME leaders.”
Prominent scientist Rama Ranganathan received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley as one of the pioneering students in the Engineering Science BioE program, before the founding of the department. Now Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, Ranganathan will lead their new center spanning the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Institute for Molecular Engineering.
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 Niren Murthy’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.
MTM alumnus Michael Hemati, Senior R&D Engineer at Theranova, has been named one of Medtech’s Rising Stars of 2017. Hematic is currently heading medical device startups Leo Labs and TruKinetics, and was one of the founders of SmartDerm, a startup founded from an MTM project.
Investor, Reach Capital
B.S. Bioengineering, Minor IEOR, 2009
MBA Wharton, 2015, MPA Harvard Kennedy School, 2016
I’m an early-stage investor in education technology companies. I spend my time meeting with entrepreneurs, evaluating potential investments, and supporting our portfolio companies with everything from recruiting to product strategy.
“I’m very thankful for the analytical and problem solving skills that were an integral part of the Bioengineering program. One specific course that deeply shaped my career was the Capstone course with Professor Amy Herr.”
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.”
Business Associate Consultant, ZS Associates
BS, Bioengineering, 2014; MEng Bioengineering, 2015
I am a strategy consultant in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.
“My drive for striving to find solutions to complex problems and to help others keeps me motivated and helps me be successful in my role…The thing that keeps me enthusiastic about my job is the feeling of helping others in a useful way.”
Product Manager, Accenture
BS Bioengineering, 2013
I work with my clients to design and develop product features that enhance user experiences, increase product revenue, and remove operational inefficiencies associated with their product using Agile Software Delivery methods.
“(In BioE I learned how to) empathize and conduct user needs research to develop products that not only solve problems, but increase usability and customer satisfaction.”
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.”