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Scientists Discover Next-Generation System for Programmable Genome Design

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/02/2024 - 12:44

MoA animation by Visual Science, 2024

A team of researchers led by Professor Patrick Hsu has discovered the first DNA recombinase that is programmable, allowing the user to specify any desired genomic target sequence and any donor DNA molecule to be inserted. The bridge recombinase mechanism promises to expand genome editing beyond CRISPR and RNA interference (RNAi) to offer a unified mechanism for programmable DNA rearrangements. Bioengineering graduate student Nicholas Perry is also a lead author of the study, along with other researchers from the Arc Institute.
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Interview with Professor Marvalee Wake

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 06/27/2024 - 16:44

Jim Patton and Marvalee Wake with link to video

Watch the video of Professor Emeritus Jim Patton interview Professor of the Graduate School Marvalee Wake about her current and past scientific contributions to campus and the Department of Integrative Biology (video linked here).

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Remembering Gabriel Trujillo

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 06/19/2024 - 16:27

Gabriel Trujillo photo

June 19th marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Gabriel Trujillo, a beloved member of our IB community. As we continue to mourn this loss, we invite you to celebrate Gabe’s life and legacy by sharing memories, photos, and reflections on our IB Kudoboard (linked here).

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ImpriMed: Providing Personalized Medicine For Pets With Blood Cancer Diseases

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 16:36
Pulse 2.0 interviewed MTM alumnus Sungwon Lim, founder of ImpriMed, a company that provides personalized medicine for pets with blood cancer diseases.
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So to speak: how bats and humans communicate

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 10:20

flying bat Photo by Yuval Barkai @bats.tlv

Berkeley researchers led by Professor Michael Yartsev, working with scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, have identified the part of the brain in Egyptian fruit bats that controls vocalizations and found that it contains similar neural wiring and genetics to the part of the human brain that controls speech.
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Putting on the heat

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 10:19
Professor Seung-Wuk Lee discusses pyroelectricity: the finding that viruses can generate electricity when exposed to heat, and how this may pave the way for next-generation biosensors and diagnostic tools.
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Cool it down

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 10:16

Tony Consiglio, Alan Maida and Boris Rubinsky in their Etcheverry Hall lab. (Photo by Adam Lau/Berkeley Engineering)

How isochoric preservation can protect food, organs — and even the planet. Professor Boris Rubinsky discusses the state of the art in cryogenics and preservation.
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Congratulations to José Pablo Vázquez-Medina for getting tenure!

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 16:08

Congratulations to José Pablo Vázquez-Medina for his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. The Vázquez-Medina lab studies mechanisms of adaptation to natural and anthropogenic stressors in marine mammals and pre-clinical models of disease at the molecular, cellular and organismal level.

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BioE team wins 2024 Fung Institute Capstone Innovation Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 16:30

photo of the members of the 2024 MEng capstone innovation award team, four women, holding their award certificates

The Master of Engineering capstone design team advised by bioengineering faculty Kevin Healy and Syed Hossainy has won the 2024 Capstone Innovation Award. The team of Angana Dasgupta, Isabella Lopez, Natalie Saadeh, and Boyan Yin was selected for their project, “Experimental assessment of multiple cell lines’ function and morphology on piezo-responsive films under small amplitude […]
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Liana Lareau wins Bakar Spark Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 11:38


Congratulations to Professor Liana Lareau, winner of a 2024 Spark Award from the Bakar Fellows Program.
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Congratulations 2024 undergraduate award winners

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:45

photo of departmental award winners with their certificates and Chair Messersmith on the stairway landing of the Stanley Hall atrium at the 2024 Bioengineering commencement reception

Congratulations to our 2024 undergraduate award winners: Elena Maria Mujica, Departmental Citation, Cyrus Tau, Chair’s Award in Bioengineering, and Sarp Dora Kurtoglu, Bioengineering Service Award. Special honorable mentions under the Chair’s Award go to Justin Garlepp and Derrick Ma. Outstanding work by all! The Departmental Citation This is long-standing award is given to one bioengineering […]
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Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub: Berkeley’s new home for climate innovation

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 05/20/2024 - 11:58

digital photo mockup of new climate hub building

Professor David Schaffer will lead the new Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub, an incubator that will provide resources and support to entrepreneurs in renewable energy and clean technology.
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Berkeley’s ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship combats climate change

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 11:48

photo of Dueber in lab coat working at lab bench

Professors John Dueber and David Schaffer are featured in this article highlighting campus research and entrepreneurship in sustainability.
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Yartsev wins Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2024

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 10:52

photo of Yartsev near trees

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) has selected Professor Michael Yartsev for the 2024 Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award, given in recognition of outstanding and innovative work from all areas of neuroscience. The award will be presented at the FENS Forum conference in Vienna.
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Brooks Lab discovery: lactate rivals glucose as body's major fuel after a carb meal

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 10:08

George Brooks Lab
Integrative Biology graduate student Robert Leija and the whole Professor George Brooks Lab make a discovery. The study was part of a larger NIH-funded study to determine how well people switch from fat to carbohydrate metabolism as they age. Read the Berkeley News Article.

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Rubinsky Lab project wins Big Ideas award

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/09/2024 - 12:44
A project supervised by Professor Boris Rubinsky and run by MCB/ME/EECS students Maxwell Johnson and Valentin Astie, has been selected as a Big Ideas Winner and will receive a $5,000 award. The MEGAN Protocol is developing a neuro-haptic AI-based device technology that has the ability to detect the onset of Parkinson disease years before the […]
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Professor Teresa Head-Gordon awarded the Humboldt Research Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 04/30/2024 - 17:48

Photo of Teresa Head-Gordon, waist up, standing in the lobby of Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley

Congratulations to Professor Teresa Head-Gordon, who has been honored with a prestigious research award from the Humboldt Foundation, known for fostering collaboration with German scientists.
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Professor Doris Bachtrog Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 04/24/2024 - 11:03


Integrative Biology Professor Doris Bachtrog was elected to the American Academic of Arts & Sciences in 2024. She was elected in the Evolution and Ecology section of the Biological Sciences elected members.

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Congratulations new NSF Fellows!

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 15:09
Congratulations to our new NSF Graduate Research Fellows! Among the winners are current PhD students Kira Buttrey, Emilie Kono, Nathan Lanclos, Brendan Mitchell, Gabriela Pena Carmona, Sarah Wasinger, and Dana Wilkins; incoming PhD students Joseph Asfouri and Corinne Martin; and graduating undergraduates Sushil Bohara, Justin Garlepp, Cyrus Tau and Dhruv Vaish. Well done!
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Berkeley Analytics Lab Showcase

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 12:13
Join us for the Berkeley Analytics Lab Showcase from 12 pm to 2pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, where students will showcase data-driven solutions developed in the 2024 Analytics Lab Spring semester course. This showcase will explore the transformative power of analytics across an array of industries. From sports and entertainment to the forefront of fashion, finance, generative […]
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