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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.​

Our next seminar:

  • Bioengineering Fall Seminar Series: Immunoengineering Next-Generation Cancer Therapies with Focused Ultrasound

    September 28, 2022, 12–1 p.m.

    290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

    Natasha Sheybani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

    Attend in person: 290 Hearst Mining Building or Attend via Zoom: (registration link below) Abstract Despite the remarkable promise of cancer immunotherapy, a significant fraction of patients with solid tumors are yet unable to realize its unparalleled benefits. In this talk, I will introduce focused ultrasound (FUS) - a promising emerging technology for the non-invasive, non-ionizing, and...

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Berkeley BioE is recruiting an Assistant Professor in computational approaches to biomolecular engineering.

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Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Congratulations 2023 Siebel Scholars

Congratulations 2023 Siebel Scholars

Five Bioengineering PhD students have been named Siebel Scholars of the class of 2023: Jordan Baker, Kelsey Gray DeFrates, Juan Eduardo Hurtado, Gabriela Lomeli, and Connor Tsuchida. The Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes top students at the world’s leading graduate schools of bioengineering, business, computer science and energy science.

Streamlined detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in saliva

Streamlined detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in saliva

Patrick Hsu’s lab has developed an RNA-extraction-free test for rapid viral detection using saliva via a microfluidic device. The fast, accurate, and portable prototype shows potential as a point-of-care system to support frequent, on-site molecular diagnostics. This work was the August 2022 cover story for Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Old plasma dilution reduces human biological age

New work from Irina Conboy’s lab extends to humans their previous animal studies on age-specific differences in blood plasma, and establishes a novel direct measurement of biological age. Their results continue to demonstrate that aging may be driven by an excess of certain molecules and proteins, and point to potential treatments for age-related conditions.

Upcoming events:

  • Science at Cal - (EN ESPAÑOL) Materiales en condiciones extremas: una ventana al interior de los planetas

    September 27, 2022, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

    Oakland Public Library: César Chávez Branch, Suite 271

    Dr. Felipe González, Project Scientist, Department of Earth and Planetary Science

    This event will be entirely in Spanish. / Este evento será completamente en español. Event details are launched three weeks before each event. Check back then for more details! Los detalles del evento se publican tres semanas antes de cada evento. ¡Vuelve entonces para más detalles!

  • Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts: Deceiving Assumptions in Analyzing Complex Human-environment Systems

    September 28, 2022, 12–1 p.m.

    Zoom

    Kaveh Madani, Head of Nexus Research Programme, United Nations University-FLORES

    Coupled human-environment systems are characterized by uncertainty, limited predictability, bounded rationality, indeterminate causality and evolutionary change. To determine the impact of specific policy intervention, an integrated analysis approach is needed that provides a holistic view of complex interactions within such systems. In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, the head of the Nexus Research...

  • Bioengineering Fall Seminar Series: Immunoengineering Next-Generation Cancer Therapies with Focused Ultrasound

    September 28, 2022, 12–1 p.m.

    290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

    Natasha Sheybani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

    Attend in person: 290 Hearst Mining Building or Attend via Zoom: (registration link below) Abstract Despite the remarkable promise of cancer immunotherapy, a significant fraction of patients with solid tumors are yet unable to realize its unparalleled benefits. In this talk, I will introduce focused ultrasound (FUS) - a promising emerging technology for the non-invasive, non-ionizing, and...

  • Why did I eat that? Alterations in brain and behavior that contribute to obesity.

    September 28, 2022, 1–2 p.m.

    101 Barker Hall

    Carrie Ferrario, PhD, University of Michigan

    Talk abstract: While urges to eat are regulated by hunger, satiety, and energy demand, they are also strongly influenced by sights, sounds, and smells that are associated with food (food cues). These food cues can influence feeding behavior, triggering food cravings that can promote over-eating. Dr. Ferrario’s lab examines the neurobiological mechanisms of cue-triggered food craving, and how...

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