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BioE leaps into Top Five grad programs

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:52
US News and World Report has ranked the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering FOURTH among bioengineering graduate programs in the US. This is up two places from the previous year. Go BioE!
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Putting microfluidics in other people’s hands

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:04
Professor Amy Herr and her lab are highlighted in this Nature Methods Technology Feature, exploring new ways to for researchers to share designs, devices and experience.
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Brown fat flexes its muscle to burn energy and calories

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:16
Professors Sanjay Kumar and Kevin Healy, in collaboration with Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Andreas Stahl, have discovered that the same kind of fat cells that help newborn babies regulate their body temperature could be a target for weight-loss drugs in adults.
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BioE alumni startup Senti Bio receives $53 million funding

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 16:21
Synthetic biology startup Senti Bio, co-founded by PhD alumnus Philip Lee, has now raised $53 million in investments to fund their development of a design platform for synthetic gene circuits that can rapidly design, build, and test various therapeutic circuits.
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Arkin startup Boost Biomes launches with $2.05M seed funding

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:48
Boost Biomes' proprietary DNA sequencing-based discovery platform was developed by the company's cofounders, biotechnology veterans Rob McBride, Jamie Bacher and Adam Arkin, to identify commercially viable microbial products. Boost Biomes' first two products are focused on improving yield in the field and reducing spoilage after harvest, and are being evaluated in commercially relevant trials.
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Terry Johnson – One of the 10 Best Professors at UC Berkeley

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:41
Associate Teaching Professor Terry Johnson has been identified as one of the 10 Best Professors at UC Berkeley by College Magazine.
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Carey wins 2018 Diagnostic World Early Innovator Award

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:08
PhD student Thomas Carey was selected as the winner of the Diagnostics World Early Innovator Awards program at the 2018 Molecular Medicine Tri Conference in San Francisco. Carey and his colleagues are developing a low-cost microfluidic-based platform to detect the presence of biomarkers present in virtually every fluid.
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Capstone Profile: Designing resiliency for the pandemic flu

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:54
Master of Engineering students Jasodhara Raj (BIOE), Suyasha Gupta (BIOE), and Arnaud Bard de Coutance (ME) aim to develop software to automate and standardize the reporting procedures for influenza cases. This would mean that hospitals and physicians do not have to report data themselves, which would save a significant amount of time and increase physicians’ incentives to run the tests leading to improvement in tracking.
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Bolt Threads co-founder wants you to wear recyclable silk clothes made from artificial proteins

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:02
Check out BioE PhD alum David Breslauer on the San Jose Mercury News Sunday Business front page.
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Amy Herr receives 2018 SCIEX Microscale Separations, Innovations Medal and Award

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 22:09
Professor Herr receives this honor for Current and Breakthrough Research in the Field of Electro-Driven Separations. "Dr. Herr’s use of IEF on samples from single cells to discriminate between protein isoforms differing by a single charge has inspired many scientists, both utilizing and building upon using relatively simple designs that give powerful performance.”
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Three BioE teams are 2018 Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:44
BioE undergrads Jovanny Guillen, Tatiana Jansen, and Irene Kim of the "Surgical Instrument Reprocessing in Low-Resource Settings" project were awarded an Ignite grant to help push their project to the next stage. Ashna Jasuja, Yasmine Kehnemouyi, and Abhinav Koppu of the "Bubbles: Combining Microbubbles and Ultrasound for Breast and Prostate Cancer Detection" team and Naser Abdelrahman of the "The Electromobilizing Sleeve" project will receive Spark grants for early-stage projects or experimental concepts.
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What good is CRISPR if it can’t get where it needs to go?

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:50
BioE startup GenEdit is featured in Wired as the first company devoted solely to Crispr delivery.
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MRM team wins Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalyst grant

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:00
The Master of Translational Medicine team of Daniel Beckerman and Woojoo Kim has receive an Ignite grant to push their project, "3D Printing Anatomical Models for Orthopedic Surgery", to the next level of development.
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Dueber lab moves closer to clean, green indigo dyes

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:53
Professor John Dueber's lab has advanced two steps closer to cleaning up the dirty production of indigo dyes. Using synthetic biology they have done away with the wasteful chemical synthesis of indigo, and removed the damaging bleaching stage that converts indigo to leucoindigo.
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First Hacking for Impact Class Buzzes Around the Mosquito Problem

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:18
IEEE Spectrum talks with Professor Amy Herr, founder of Berkeley's Hacking for Impact course, about the non-technical challenges of pursuing impact.
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Alumna Lee-Karlon elected to AIMBE

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:13
BioE undergrad alumna Ann Lee-Karlon, later a PhD graduate of UC San Diego, has been elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018. She was recognized for “outstanding leadership in successful drug development and business operations in Genentech and for enhancing diversity of future BME leaders.”
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Million Hands with MEng students

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:02
BioE Master of Engineering students Bhardwaj, Dabiri, and Ramirez are working with the Million Hands organization to create customized low-cost prosthetic hands for children with 3D-printing.
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First step toward CRISPR cure of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46
Researchers led by Professor David Schaffer have for the first time used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to disable a defective gene that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mice, extending their lifespan by 25 percent.
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Conolly Lab – closing in on cancer through MPI

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 20:35
Bioengineering and EECS professor Steven Conolly is building a new kind of medical diagnostic technology called magnetic particle imaging (MPI).
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BioE alum Ranganathan to lead UChicago’s Center for Physics of Evolving Systems

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:27
Prominent scientist Rama Ranganathan received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley as one of the pioneering students in the Engineering Science BioE program, before the founding of the department. Now Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, Ranganathan will lead their new center spanning the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Institute for Molecular Engineering.
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