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.

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.

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.

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.

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.