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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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Keep up with the Summer Biodesign Immersion Experience online!

This year's cohort is pioneering a fully online experience and documenting their journey on Medium. Our NIH-sponsored summer program focuses on the first two stages of the design process: needs finding and needs screening.

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Ready for Fall 2020?

We know it's been very confusing. Please be patient while we try to hit this moving target. Consult the campus Fall 2020 site for the most up-to-date information on instruction and campus.

Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Eko wins Best Hospital Diagnostics at UCSF Digital Health Awards

Eko wins Best Hospital Diagnostics at UCSF Digital Health Awards

BioE spinout company Eko won the Best Hospital Diagnostics category at the 2020 UCSF Digital Health Awards digital stethoscope and ECG.

Five bioengineers are new Siebel Scholars

Five bioengineers are new Siebel Scholars

Congratulations to five Berkeley-based bioengineers named to the 2021 class of Siebel Scholars! Nicolas Altemose is developing microfluidic and molecular tools for studying genome regulation in single cells; Tiffany Chien is building a flexible simulation framework for calcium neuron imaging, simulating the 3D physical sample and the lens-less imaging system; Anjali Gopal is investigating the progression and resistance mechanisms of HER2 isoforms in HER2+ breast cancer via simultaneous single-cell proteoform and RNA sequencing measurements; Marc Lim is studying the physiological transport of three-helix-micelle (3HM) nanocarriers in solid tumors; Zoe Steier has developed totalVI, a computational framework for the joint probabilistic analysis of paired transcriptome and proteome measurements in single cells; and Alison Su is designing and validating measurement tools and workflows for biomedical applications ranging from bench to bedside.

Gauss-Cellex rapid at-home Covid-19 antigen test

Gauss-Cellex rapid at-home Covid-19 antigen test

Gauss Surgical – a company launched by MTM alumnus Siddarth Satish – has partnered with Cellex to develop the first-ever rapid, at-home COVID-19 antigen test and mobile app.

I’m a Bioengineer

Kathleen Gallo

Kathleen Gallo

Associate Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Channel Medsystems
Masters in Translational Medicine, 2011

I’ve been responsible for our company’s regulatory submissions in the US, Mexico, Canada, and the EU, as well as providing clinical and technical support for the physician investigators in our pivotal trial.

“I gained my foundation in clinical research and regulatory affairs through the MTM program. This allowed me to jump in quickly when our company developed the need for clinical and regulatory support.”

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.”

Upcoming events:

  • CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series - Fall 2020

    September 30, 2020, 12–1 p.m.

    Sutardja Dai Hall

    Free and open to the public, the CITRIS Research Exchange offers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. Each seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm via Zoom. Join us! Sept 9, 2020 – Inclusive Workforce Strategies: Enhancing the Future of Public Sector Work Speakers: Panelists include Elana Zeide...

  • Underrepresented Researchers of Color event -- Faculty of Color Speak on "My path to research"

    October 1, 2020, 6–7:30 p.m.


    G. Cristina Mora, Assoc. Professor of Sociology, Under-represented Researchers of Color
    Diana Bautista

    Pursuing a career in research as an underrepresented student of color can be intimidating, but you're not alone! Come by our zoom meeting to listen to UC Berkeley faculty share their experiences as POC in higher education and be inspired by their journeys. •Professor of Sociology Cristina Mora graduated from UCB Sociology in 2003 and then completed her PhD at Princeton. Her research interests...

  • How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop (introductory)

    October 2, 2020, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

    Virtual -- Please pre-register, using your BERKELEY.EDU email, at

    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 do not need to have a topic to attend this workshop! Please register, using your email, to get the zoom link, at

  • Plant Cell-Based Materials for Engineering Applications

    October 2, 2020, 2–3 p.m.

    Zoom Session

    Prof. Chiara Daraio, Caltech, ME & Applied Physics

    Zoom link We propose a new concept for bio-composites’ fabrication, which uses living, undifferentiated plant cells, to produce materials with properties comparable to engineered woods (plywood, MDF) and commercial plastics. The use of “engineered living systems” to fabricate materials sustainably is an emerging line of research.

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