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​Welcome to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley where we pursue research and educational programs that open new areas of scientific inquiry, drive transformational technologies, and foster a community that trains and motivates the next generation of bioengineers.​

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Our next seminar:

  • Ravi Bellamkonda, 2020 Distinguished Lecture in Bioengineering

    March 4, 2020, 3–5 p.m.

    Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

    Ravi Bellamkonda, Duke University

    Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University Bellamkonda's research explores the interplay of biomaterials and the nervous system for the development of peripheral nerve regeneration, brain electrode interfacing, and brain tumor therapies.

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Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Tejal Desai elected to National Academy of Inventors

Tejal Desai elected to National Academy of Inventors

Joint Professor Tejal Desai, PhD alumna and chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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.

Dennis Zhang on living around the world, healthcare innovation, and making STEM accessible for all

Dennis Zhang on living around the world, healthcare innovation, and making STEM accessible for all

Check out this interview with Dennis, a BioE MEng student who has lived abroad in Germany and China, and is looking forward to exploring the innovative environment of the Bay Area.

Novome Biotechnologies Raises $33 Million Series A Financing

BioE startup Novome Biotechnologies, founded by BioE PhDs Will DeLoache, Zachary Russ, and Weston Whitaker, has secured $33 million in a Series A financing. Novome is focused on treating chronic diseases with the first platform for controlled and robust colonization of the human gut with engineered therapeutic bacteria.

I’m a Bioengineer

Sanjibita Mishra

Sanjibita Mishra

Research Associate, Early Stage Development, Kite Pharma
Master of Engineering, Bioengineering, 2015

I perform process development to design, establish, and transfer cell therapy processes to support early phase clinical trials.

“The course and laboratory work at Berkeley helped me not only to grasp the principles but also allowed me to apply those in real life applications. I believe that the culture in Berkeley to encourage analytical thinking was crucial to my success both as student and in the industry.”

Shilpi Mathrani

Shilpi Mathrani

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.”

Upcoming events:

  • How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

    January 27, 2020, 12–1 p.m.

    9 Durant Hall

    Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

    Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget. Open to all UC Berkeley students.

  • ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

    January 27, 2020, 6:30–8 p.m.

    Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

    Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

    Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...

  • Beyond Berkeley: Finding Research Opportunities Off-Campus

    January 28, 2020, 3–4 p.m.

    9 Durant Hall

    Alexander Jaffe, PhD candidate, PhD candidate, Molecular and Cell Biology

    Alexander Jaffe, doctoral candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, will share insights on how to find, and be selected for, off-campus research opportunities such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates ( and more. This event was extremely popular at the Research and Scholarships Fair, so we decided to run it again. Don't miss it!

  • SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

    January 30, 2020, 2–3 p.m.

    9 Durant Hall

    Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

    OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

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