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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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Save the date for the MTM Winter Capstone Showcase

Drop by this open house to learn about the exciting medical innovations that MTM student teams are developing with their industry and faculty sponsors. Student teams will be giving presentations and engaging in Q&A on an interactive virtual platform.
Fri, December 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Sanjay Kumar named AAAS Fellow

Sanjay Kumar named AAAS Fellow

Congratulations Professor Sanjay Kumar, named to the 2020 class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Kumar was recognized for his “distinguished contributions to the field of bioengineering, particularly the development of biomaterial and single-cell technologies to investigate mechanobiological signaling in health and disease.”

Time’s Best Inventions of 2020: Pivot Bio PROVEN

Time’s Best Inventions of 2020: Pivot Bio PROVEN

PROVEN, the world’s first microbial biofertilizer for cereal crops, has been named one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2020 by Time Magazine. Developed by

Congratulations Prof Vandsburger, new Guertin Chair

Congratulations Prof Vandsburger, new Guertin Chair

Congratulations to Associate Professor Moriel Vandsburger, the first holder of our new Timothy and Karen Guertin Chair in Bioengineering. Timothy Guertin (B.S. alum, EECS) is the  former Chief Executive Officer of Varian Medical Systems, a member of the Board of Directors at Teradyne Inc., and Chair of the Global Access to Cancer Care foundation, which works to expand the availability of modern cancer care in developing countries. The Guertins are passionate supporters of biomedical research and global access to quality healthcare, and have endowed this faculty chair to provide additional support to an early career professor pursuing promising research. 

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.”

Chian Gong

Chian Gong

Investor, Reach Capital
B.S. Bioengineering, Minor IEOR, 2009
MBA Wharton, 2015, MPA Harvard Kennedy School, 2016

I’m an early-stage investor in education technology companies. I spend my time meeting with entrepreneurs, evaluating potential investments, and supporting our portfolio companies with everything from recruiting to product strategy.

“I’m very thankful for the analytical and problem solving skills that were an integral part of the Bioengineering program. One specific course that deeply shaped my career was the Capstone course with Professor Amy Herr.”

Upcoming events:

  • Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out a final project in *ANY* major

    December 1, 2020, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

    Virtual--pls register here:

    Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

    Register for zoom mtg here: The Haas Scholars Program supports 20 undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting senior thesis/capstone research during their final year at UC Berkeley.

  • SURF Information Session

    December 2, 2020, 1–2 p.m.

    Zoom meeting ID: 874 028 2986 Online via Zoom

    Brittany Johnson, Program Coordinator, SURF

    The SURF Info Session will address eligibility criteria for the SURF program (including the L&S, Rose Hills, SURF-SMART, and Math Team cohorts), benefits of the fellowship, testimonials, and tips for a successful application. Please use the Zoom Meeting ID below. All SURF 2021 Information Sessions will use the same ID. You must be logged into you account to access the...

  • Computational Biology Skills Seminar

    December 3, 2020, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

    Zoom Seminar

    Adam Gayoso, Computational Biology, UCB

  • Delivery and Antiparasitic Antimonial Therapy Using Biomaterial Nanoparticles

    December 4, 2020, 2–3 p.m.

    Zoom Session

    Prof. Timothy Johnstone, UC Santa Cruz, Chemistry & Biochemistry Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease that is endemic to 98 countries and claims tens of thousands of lives each year. Of the handful of drugs available to treat infection with Leishmania spp., two contain the main-group element antimony: meglumine antimoniate and sodium stibogluconate.

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