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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.

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

Yartsev named 2020 Vallee Scholar

Professor Michael Yartsev is one of six new 2020 Vallee Scholars. The program provides unrestricted funding for national and international junior faculty at a critical stage in their tenure-track careers. Yartsev was recognized for his work studying spatial navigation behavior in freely flying bats to show how mammalian neural circuits participate and contribute to complex spatial behaviors at both the individual and group level.

UC Berkeley accelerates bio-preservation research as part of $26M NSF center

UC Berkeley accelerates bio-preservation research as part of $26M NSF center

Professor Kevin Healy will lead the UC Berkeley efforts in a new multi-university research center funded by the National Science Foundation at the University of Minnesota, Massachusetts General Hospital, UC Berkeley and UC Riverside. The Engineering Research Center for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio) aims to advance methods for storing and preserving biological cells and tissues, work that could benefit biomedical research and dramatically expand organ transplant networks.

Vlassakis receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund award

Vlassakis receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund award

Congratulations to recent BioE PhD Julea Vlassakis, now a postdoctoral scholar in Amy Herr’s lab, one of eight US scholars receiving a 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. Scholars receive $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. “I am incredibly honored

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.”

Trisha Bartlett

Trisha Bartlett

Lead Quality Engineer, Abbott Laboratories
B.S. Bioengineering, 2011

I work on a minimally invasive heart valve repair device called the MitraClip. My role is to supervise a small group of quality engineers who support the manufacturing line, ensuring product quality and compliance.

“In BioE I learned working in teams with highly technical people, understanding the prototyping and design process, good laboratory practices, and problem solving.”

Upcoming events:

  • What Can Electron Microscopy Tell Us Beyond Structure and Composition?

    October 9, 2020, 2–3 p.m.

    Zoom Session

    Prof. Xiaoqing Pan, UC Irvine, ChemE / MSE / Physics

    •• Zoom •• Spherical aberration correction marks a milestone in the development of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) which allows the quantitative determination of 3D structure and composition of nanostructures with atomic resolution.

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