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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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Check out the photos from our big Fall Welcome event.

Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Synthetic biology moves into the realm of the unnatural

Synthetic biology moves into the realm of the unnatural

Berkeley researchers, including Professor Jay Keasling, have for the first time engineered bacteria to produce a molecule that, until now, could only be synthesized in a laboratory. This advance opens the door to production of a broader range of chemicals from yeast and bacterial fermentation.

2021 Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Recipient: Cecil Chikezie

2021 Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Recipient: Cecil Chikezie

Cecil Chikezie, current Master of Engineering student in BioE, received a 2021 Mastercard Foundation Scholarship, which supports future leaders in Africa. In this article, MEng student and scholarship recipient, Cecil Chikezie, speaks about what it means to be a MasterCard Foundation Scholar and his long term bio-engineering goals of supporting the financial stability and respiratory health of Kenyan communities.

Alumnus Nathaniel Huebsch named CMBE Young Innovator

Congratulations Nathanial Huebsch, BS BioE 2003, now Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Huebsch has been named a 2021 Young Innovator by Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering!

I’m a Bioengineer

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.”

Brian McRae

Brian McRae

Software Engineer, Genentech
BS Bioengineering, 2012; MS Bioengineering/ Translational Medicine, 2013

Our team builds exciting web applications that visualize drug manufacturing data and enable faster and more informed decisions. We work with various manufacturing groups such as Operations and Validation to understand their problems and collaborate to design new software solutions.

“With a background in bioengineering, I can make better design choices because I can understand what is happening in the manufacturing plant and what the code ultimately needs to accomplish.”

Upcoming events:

  • Bioengineering Seminar Fall 2021: Why isn’t antibiotic resistance worse? And what can we learn from that?

    October 20, 2021, 12–1 p.m.

    Zoom (registration link below)

    Michael Baym, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

    Bioengineering Seminar Fall 2021: Why isn’t antibiotic resistance worse? And what can we learn from that?

  • Undergraduate Makers, Inventors, and Designers at Cal

    October 20, 2021, 5–6 p.m.

    Zoom Lecture

    Adam Saleh, UAVs@Berkeley
    Lekha Duvvoori, CalSol
    Michael McNabb, M.E.T.
    Nicolas Eichenberger, RoboBears
    Hannah Pak, iOSOS
    Sean Burns, Director, Discovery Hub

    Are you interested in what innovation as a Berkeley undergraduate student looks like? Join us for a conversation with five undergraduates who are deeply involved in maker, inventor, and design communities on campus. Learn about their experiences in building solar cars, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and software. And find out more about what you can do at Berkeley. Join the online event

  • Nanostructured Silicon as a Therapeutic and Diagnostic Tool

    October 22, 2021, 2–3 p.m.

    180 Tan Hall

    Distinguished Prof. Michael J. Sailor, UC San Diego, MRSEC / Chem / MSE

    This presentation describes the chemistry and properties of mesoporous silicon nanoparticles relevant to sensing and treating diseased tissues in vivo. Nanophase silicon is one of few semiconductor "quantum dot" materials that is non-toxic and that degrades to non-toxic byproducts. For in vivo applications, advantages include the tissue-penetrating near-infrared wavelength of emission, the...

  • Introduction to the Master of Translational Medicine Program

    October 26, 2021, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

    Zoom Webinar

    Moose O'Donnell, Master of Translational Medicine Program, UC Berkeley + UCSF

    Are you interested in medical innovation? Curious about the process of getting medical technology into the hands of patients and clinicians who need it? At this event, we'll introduce you to the Master of Translational Medicine Program (MTM) at UC Berkeley + UCSF.

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