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.

Arkin will lead new NASA Center

Professor Adam Arkin will lead the new NASA Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), a Space Technology Research Institute to advance research into an integrated, multi-function, multi-organism bio-manufacturing system to produce fuel, materials, pharmaceuticals and food on long-term space missions.

Three faculty named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has announced it’s inaugural class of 47 faculty investigators from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford, including three Berkeley Bioengineers. Professors Dan Fletcher, Amy Herr and Aaron Streets are among the 13 Berkeley faculty who will receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research.

Arkin and Keasling break ground on the IGB

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab began construction of the Integrative Genomics Building (IGB), which will house researchers from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute with those from the Systems Biology Knowledgebase under one roof. Bioengineering professors Adam Arkin, Director of Kbase, and Jay Keasling, Biosciences Associate Laboratory Director, were on hand for the groundbreaking.

Healy Lab featured on Futurism

Healy Lab’s heart-on-a-chip technology is the subject of a video feature at Futurism.

Amy Herr is first Faculty Director of Bakar Fellows

Professor Amy Herr has been named the the inaugural faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley. The program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture, to help professors translate their ground-breaking discoveries into practical solutions and contribute to Berkeley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Herr was a member of the first class of Bakar Fellows in 2012.

Arkin lab method may save lives during blood transfusion

After severe trauma, some patients in shock develop impaired coagulation. This is difficult to diagnose in crisis and makes blood transfusions dangerously challenging to manage. Professor Adam Arkin and collaborators have used dynamic modeling to demonstrate a method for calculating each patient’s transfusion requirements using only laboratory values that can be easily and quickly obtained in the emergency setting. This personalized information could help hospitals save lives at risk from acute traumatic coagulopathy and massive transfusion mortality.

BioE startup helps clean tech rise again

Lygos, a synthetic biology company founded by BioE PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, was featured in a New York Times article on the resurgence of companies using biology to produce cheap, safe and natural materials for fuel, cosmetics and other goods.

Herr named to National Academy of Inventors

Professor Amy Herr has been elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She joins only eleven other Berkeley faculty ever elected. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Congratulations!

Mofrad Lab explains gatekeeping proteins of the cell nucleus

New research from Professor Mohammad Mofrad’s lab shows how gateway proteins can recognize and block aberrant strands of genetic code from exiting the nucleus – a form of quality control for the transport of genetic information.

$1.5mil 2016 NYSCF–Robertson Neuroscience Investigator award to Yartsev

This award from the New York Stem Cell Foundation provides Yartsev with support to study the neurobiological basis of language learning in the mammalian brain using an unusual model system: the bat.

Amy Herr on “2016 Power List” by Analytical Chemistry

Professor Amy Herr has been named to the 2016 power list of Top 50 most influential women in the analytical sciences by The Analytical Scientist. Herr was also named to the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Analytical Sciences in their 2015 Power List.

Yartsev named NIH New Innovator

Professor Michael Yartsev will receive a NIH New Innovator award, designed to stimulate highly innovative research and support promising new investigators. Yartsev was recognized for his research studying the “First Mammalian Model System for Studying Vocal Learning: A Behavioral and Neurophysiological Approach.”

Q&A with Dueber on homebrewed drugs

Will we be making our morphine at home? A chat with Professor John Dueber on brewing opiates with synthetic biology.