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Teresa Head_Gordon named ACS Fellow

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:24
Professor Teresa Head-Gordon has been elected to the 2018 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society. Fellows are recognized for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.
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Diassess wins HHS BARDA award for home influenza test

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:30
Alumni startup Diassess has been selected for an award of up to $21M for further development of a consumer at-home influenza diagnostic, which could have significant impact on controlling the spread of the flu. The company was founded by PhD alumni Debkishore Mitra and John Waldeisen.
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MTM startup

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:21
Respira Labs, a startup by MTM alumna Dr. Maria Artunduaga, has been selected as a 2018 E-Team by VentureWell. Respira is also a Fall 2018 HotDesk Team at the Berkeley Skydeck accelerator, and an NSF I-Corps team.
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Fresh Blood: What Theranos Leaves In Its Wake

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:54
Professor Luke Lee discusses the challenge and promise of on-chip diagnostics and the state of the industry after the trouble with Theranos.
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Size matters

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 09:42
Macrophages are the body's immune attack force, but how do they recognize their target particles? Fletcher Lab investigators have shown how macrophage target recognition is controlled by the height of the antibody above the target cell surface. They found that the gap created between the target cell and macrophage by the antibody, which bridges an antigen on the target cell surface and the macrophage's receptors, must be small enough to exclude a molecule that turns off the receptor. This has broad implications for development of therapeutic antibodies because it establishes a size threshold for effective cell surface antigen targets.
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CRISPR-Gold editing reduces repetitive behavior in mice with a form of autism

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:33
New research from Prof Niren Murthy's lab uses his CRISPR-Gold nanoparticle delivery technique to lessen some autism symptoms in mice with a form of fragile X syndrome, the most common known single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder. Published in Nature Biomedical Engineering June 25, 2018.
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Congratulations department fellows!

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:38
Congratulations to our PhD students awarded named department fellowships for 2018-19! Endowed fellowships allow our talented students to pursue independent , cutting-edge research not yet funded by a major grant. 2018-19 Brodie Scholar: Jordi Silvestre-Ryan 2018-19 Craven Scholar: Emily Suter 2018-19 Lloyd Scholars: Thomas Carey and Tiama Hamkins-Indik 2018-19 Lewis Scholar: Anjali Gopal
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Alumna McBirney on All Things Considered

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:12
Listen to alumna Samantha McBirney (BS 2012) on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing her graduate work on an inexpensive magnetic detector for malaria!
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Living Large: Exploration of Diverse Bacteria Signals Big Advance for Gene Function Prediction

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:38
Professor Adam Arkin co-authors the largest functional genomics study of bacteria ever published. He and collaborators have developed a workflow that enables large-scale, genome-wide assays of gene importance across many conditions.
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MTM student to speak at commencement

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:28
Once again a graduating MTM student has been chosen to speak at the College of Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Tsai-Chu Yeh will deliver the Master's address at the ceremony on May 15, 2018.
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What Happens When Geneticists Talk Sloppily About Race

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 12:08
Professor Ian Holmes writes about the importance of wording when talking about genetics and race, in the Atlantic, April 25.
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BioE alumni talk on building a successful startup

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:31
Three bioengineering alumni took the stage with Y Combinator president Sam Altman on April 25 to discuss building a successful bio venture and the launch of YC Bio. Dr. Kelly Gardner, Co-Founder & CEO, Zephyrus Biosciences; Dr. Akwasi Apori, Co-Founder, Correlia Biosystems; and Alex Mok, Co-Founder & CEO, Mantra Bio spoke with Prof. Dave Schaffer, Co-Founder, 4D Molecular Therapeutics.
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Capstone team takes second in Big Ideas

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:09
The senior capstone team "SurgeCare", of Jovanny Guillen, Tatiana Jansen and Irene Kim, took 2nd place in the 2018 Big Ideas contest, Global Health category! SurgeCare is a locally sourced device capable of effectively cleaning surgical instruments using recycled, pressurized water, without the use of electricity, with the potential to decrease the high rate of surgical site infections in low resource settings like Ethiopia.
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BioE alumni on different continents win grant to to see molecular structure of membraneless organelles

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:46
Bioengineering PhD alumni Nick Fawzi and Sapun Parekh started a conversation about something completely different and ended up with a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study membraneless organelles. Nicolas Fawzi is an Assistant Professor at Brown University, who received his Bioengineering PhD in 2007 working in Professor Teresa Head-Gordon’s lab. Sapun Parekh […]
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You do Belong in Science – a podcast event by BioE PhD students

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:28
You do belong in science - even if it doesn't always feel that way. The Double Shelix podcast, hosted by UC Berkeley Bioengineering PhD Candidates Sally Winkler and Kayla Wolf, launches on April 3 with a series of 7 episodes on the the theme of belonging in STEM. Every Tuesday, they'll bring conversations with experts in science, education, and inclusion in conversation about how we can create STEM communities where all feel belonging.
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