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Yartsev receives Fay/Frank Seed Grant

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:49
Professor Michael Yartsev has received a Fay/Frank Seed Grant from the Brain Research Foundation, which provides start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience.
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Viral infections decrease muscle health, cause damage

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:22
Researchers in Prof. Irina Conboy's lab found that viral infections turn down the intensity of a key oxytocin receptor linked to healing and health of skeletal muscle and bone, mental well-being and prevention of obesity. The pathway was recently shown to be needed for muscle maintenance and regeneration, which declines with age.
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Eko Devices clears new ECG tool

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:56
Eko Devices, a BioE startup led by alumnus Connor Landgraf, has received FDA clearance for its second tool, a combined digital stethoscope and electrocardiogram (ECG).
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2017 Biodesign Immersion Experience kicks off

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:48
The 2017 Biodesign Immersion Experience has kicked off their summer of engineering design with a busy week of six offsite visits and their first blog post. Catch up with the BIE summer interns, who will be blogging for the next six weeks on the role of engineering design in clinical medicine, based on visits and interactions with the generous professional engineers and clinicians who host & mentor them.
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Yartsev named McKnight Scholar

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:26
Professor Michael Yartsev has been selected to receive a 2017 McKnight Scholar Award, which is granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. Only six awards were granted to a nationwide pool of over 65 applicants. The […]
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MTM team pitches success

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:09
This Master of Translational Medicine team is shining at startup pitch competitions! Maria Artunduaga, Siobhan Rigby, and Stephanie Nemec are developing – outside of their normal MTM project curriculum – a tech-enabled service that helps COPD patients continuously monitor their blood oxygen levels. In partnership with Ana Arias’ lab at UC Berkeley, they aim to mine […]
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Amy Herr selected for Defense Science Study Group

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:43
Professor Amy Herr is one of 16 faculty nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 Defense Science Study Group. This program introduces outstanding science and engineering faculty to the country’s security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues, and has hosted some of the top minds at Berkeley and in the country.
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Four first-in-animal successes for Magnetic Particle Imaging

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:26
Professor Steve Conolly’s lab continues it’s push to make Magnetic Particle Imaging a reality with four first-in-animal demonstrations published this year. First MPI Pulmonary Embolism (lung perfusion), with UCSF pulmonologist Payam Nahid, MD, comparable to ventilation–perfusion (VQ) scan First MPI cancer detection with LodeSpin/UW particles seen via enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect First MPI Traumatic Brain Injury […]
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Magnetic Insight wins 2017 Luis Villalobos Award

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:54
BioE startup Magnetic Insight was selected by the Angel Capital Association for its 2017 Luis Villalobos Award for ingenuity, creativity, and innovation among startups. Magnetic Insight, founded by PhD alumnus Patrick Goodwill and Professor Steven Conolly, was selected based on competitive differentiation and progress toward bringing a product, service, or solution to market. Magnetic Insight […]
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Amy Herr–Changing the World One Cell at a Time

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:30
Student Meghana Krishnakumar writes about Professor Amy Herr's research for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
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Healy receives Humboldt Research Award

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:10
Professor Kevin Healy has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research by nomination from a peer. In addition, Healy is invited to carry out research projects of his choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.
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Capstone team takes 2nd at Big Ideas

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:46
The bioengineering senior capstone design team of Matt Chan, Karthik Prasad, and Sara Sampson took 2nd place in the Global Health category of the Berkeley Big Ideas competition.  Team Vitalize is developing a wireless vital sign monitoring device tailored for low resource settings to enable the rapid recognition and management of sepsis. Although sepsis-related death is […]
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Capstone team wins Honorable Mention in Big Ideas!

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:42
The Bioengineering senior capstone design team of Maxine Arnush, Priya Bhattacharjee, Josh Chen, and Richard Xu has received an Honorable Mention in the Hardware for Good category of the annual Berkeley Big Ideas competition. Their project addresses autonomic nervous system (ANS) disorders, which often go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed by physicians, especially in pediatric patients with less […]
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A successful 2017 Bioengineering High School Competition

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:38
The annual Bioengineering High School Competition, run by our Bioengineering Honor Society, featured a keynote speech by Professor Tejal Desai, BioE PhD alumna and Chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences. Read more about the competition at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
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MEng Capstone Project Highlight: Applied Rejuvenative Therapies

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:57
A team of BioE Master of Engineering students is working on aging and rejuvenation in the Conboy Lab.
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Capstone team takes a bite out of Shark Tank

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:01
The capstone team of Darya Fadavi, Jeffrey Feng, and Noreen Wauford was one of only three teams to win Accelerator Awards in the UCSF Surgical Innovations Shark Tank event. They will receive $25,000 in seed funding plus engineering and development support to advance their project, "Quantitative Assessment of Degree & Spatial Extent of Pain Nerve Block." They were the only winning team with student members, and co-presented with their UCSF mentors, Professors Matthew Haight and Merlin Larson.
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M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Prevention of Early Breastfeeding Cessation

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:37
Bioengineering Master of Engineering students are developing a revolutionary breast cream to help mothers continue breastfeeding their newborn children.
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BioE startup mFluiDx publishes their detection chip in Science

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:55
mFluiDx, a startup founded by BioE PhD alum Charlie Yeh and currently in the CITRIS Foundry incubator, has published their development of a portable, self-powered, low-cost nucleic acid detection chip. This simple chip allows rapid quantitative digital nucleic acid detection directly from small human blood samples, an alternative to real-time PCR testing in remote or low-resource settings.
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Herr Lab advances protein expression profiling of circulating tumor cells using microfluidic western blotting

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:00
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are detached primary cancer cells found in the circulatory system that are implicated in the metastasis of cancer. Herr and collaborators have developed a microfluidic western blot for an 8-plex protein panel for individual CTCs, derived from estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients, that advances the state of the art in CTC characterization with tiny sample sizes.
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Feature story: Designing healthy futures

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:17
See how students in bioengineering and other fields are working at the intersection of design and health at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.
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