Professor Amy Herr has been named the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor at UC Berkeley. The MacArthur Professorship is one of the most prestigious endowed chairs on campus, providing an annual stipend for scholarly activities and well-deserved recognition of Herr’s exceptional research, teaching, and service to the Berkeley community.
Michael Yartsev has been named a 2020-21 Bakar Fellow, pursuing research on Biologically Inspired Innovations for Autonomous Vehicles. The Bakar Fellows Program supports faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences
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.
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 […]
Prof Liana Lareau and collaborator Stacia Wyman have received one of ten Excellence in Research Awards from the Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR), a collaboration between UC Berkeley/UCSF (IGI) and GlaxoSmithKline. Their project will explore rapid, low-cost, high-throughput viral and metagenome sequencing of COVID-19 patient samples for outbreak surveillance.
Congratulations Professor Teresa Head-Gordon, who has just been selected for one of the new C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute’s awards for research projects to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Head-Gordon has been funded for her project, “Scoring Drugs: Small Molecule Drug Discovery for COVID-19 Using Physics-Inspired Machine Learning.”
Congratulations to the MEng teams who have won end-of-year capstone awards! The Biomimetic Hydrogels to Enhance Tissue Modelling of Brain Cancer team of Jonathan Evans and Julia Lanoha won the Technical Leadership Capstone Award, the Precision Freezing 3D Bioprinter for Large Scale Tissue Engineering team of Alex Wolcott [BIOE], Martin Banet-Rivet [ME], Pablo Amor [ME] and Ruobin Liu [ME], and the Novel Implant for Regulating Excessive Eye Pressure in Glaucoma Patients team of Charit Mehta [ME], Aishwarya Pamula [BIOE], Sheila Sharifzad [BIOE], won the MEng Alumni Award for the Most Innovative Project.
Congratulations to our 2020 undergraduate award winners: Eric Hu, Departmental Citation, Connor Tou and Hasan Ahmad, Chair’s Award in Bioengineering, and Elizabeth Zhang, Bioengineering Service Award. Outstanding work by all!
Professor Michael Yarsev has been named the recipient of the Rising Star Award in neuroscience research from the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The 2020 award honors a young researcher for outstanding contributions to the technology of brain science research.