Congratulations to three bioengineers named Quad Fellows! Nya Domkam, BioE BS and MTM alumnus currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Sciences & Technology at Berkeley, Nandini Periyapalayam Sekar, first year PhD student, and Sharicka Zutshi, current BioE undergraduate planning to pursue graduate studies in medical diagnostics, have all been named to the 2023 class. The Quad Fellowship is an initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists. The program sponsors 100 exceptional master’s and doctoral students in STEM to study in the United States.
Five Bioengineering PhD students have been named Siebel Scholars of the class of 2023: Jordan Baker, Kelsey Gray DeFrates, Juan Eduardo Hurtado, Gabriela Lomeli, and Connor Tsuchida. The Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes top students at the world’s leading graduate schools of bioengineering, business, computer science and energy science.
Both the keynote and student speakers at the 2022 UC Berkeley doctoral commencement ceremony are bioengineers! Recent PhD alumna Sally Winkler, now a research scientist at AbbVie, will give the student address, and Ann Lee-Karlon, BS alumna and COO of Altos Labs, will deliver the keynote. The ceremony on May 18 will be webcast live.
Research by BioE PhD student Aaron Berliner and Prof Adam Arkin shows that photovoltaics could provide all the power needed for an extended mission to Mars, or even a permanent settlement there. The authors are members of the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), led by Adam Arkin.
Congratulations to FIFTEEN new NSF Graduate Research Fellows! Among the winners are: current PhD students: Deniz Akpinaroglu, Joana Cabrera, Joy Chen, Benjamin Lesch, Alvince Pongos, Caleb Rux, Gabriel Sturm, and Jazmin Velazquez; incoming PhD students Maple Chen, Russell Ro and Esther Sim; graduating undergrads Joyce Chen and Carolina Rios-Martinez;
Nearly 20 years after the sequencing of the human genome, a large team of researchers has finally filled in the remaining few percent of unsequenced DNA, providing the first complete, gapless human genome. First author of many of the suite of papers is Nicolas Altemose, 2021 bioengineering PhD and current postdoc with co-author Professor Aaron Streets.
Congratulations to Outstanding GSI Award Winners for 2021-22 from BioE courses: Erin Akins, Gabriela Lomeli, Amanda Meriwether and Vivien Tran! The UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor.
Five Bioengineering PhD students have been named Siebel Scholars of the class of 2022: Kristen Cotner, K.L. Barry Fung, Kazuomori Lewis, Alden Moss, and Soo Hyun Shin. The Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes top students at the world’s leading graduate schools of bioengineering, business, computer science and energy science.
Congratulations to bioengineers receiving new NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! Current PhD students: Niroshan Anandasivam, Cynthia Perez, Preethi Raghavan, and Clay Smyth, also a BS BioE 2017. Graduating seniors Saarang Panchavati and Vikram Shivakumar, and recent undergraduate alumni Luis Caldera (2018), Eszter Mihaly (2017), Andrew Sum (2015), and Madelynn Whittaker (2019).