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Congratulations 2023 Siebel Scholars

Mon, 09/26/2022 - 11:32
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.
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Biofuels Technology Club

Tue, 08/30/2022 - 17:01
We are Biofuels Technology Club (BTC): a student group seeking to create a sustainable loop on campus through converting waste cooking oil from the dining halls into biodiesel for use in campus vehicles. What began as a classroom project in September 2014 has grown into a 50-gallon-scale pilot plant located in the Richmond Field Station. […]
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Streamlined detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in saliva

Tue, 08/30/2022 - 11:38
Patrick Hsu's lab has developed an RNA-extraction-free test for rapid viral detection using saliva via a microfluidic device. The fast, accurate, and portable prototype shows potential as a point-of-care system to support frequent, on-site molecular diagnostics. This work was the August 2022 cover story for Nature Biomedical Engineering.
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Old plasma dilution reduces human biological age

Tue, 08/30/2022 - 11:11
New work from Irina Conboy's lab extends to humans their previous animal studies on age-specific differences in blood plasma, and establishes a novel direct measurement of biological age. Their results continue to demonstrate that aging may be driven by an excess of certain molecules and proteins, and point to potential treatments for age-related conditions.
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Sanjay Kumar named QB3-Berkeley director

Mon, 08/29/2022 - 16:40
Current Bioengineering Chair Sanjay Kumar has been selected to serve as the next director of the California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences at UC Berkeley (QB3-Berkeley) effective September 1, 2022. He will succeed David Schaffer, who was recently appointed as faculty director of the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub and executive director of QB3’s central office. Kumar will step down as Chair of the Department of Bioengineering effective September 1, where former Chair Dorian Liepmann will return to the role until a permanent appointment is made in 2023.
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Bio Systems Engineer Intern Opening at Mission Bio

Fri, 08/19/2022 - 12:38
Hiring for a school-year intern: Mission Bio is a high-growth, well-funded Series C company based in South San Francisco, California. Our mission is to enable our customers to eradicate cancer. We do so with our innovative microfluidic system that is the leader in the high throughput single cell, multi-omics space that is used by major […]
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Single-cell studies offer new view of how HIV infections persist

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 13:44
Professor Iain Clark, in partnership with graduate program faculty member Adam Abate, was able to analyze single cells harboring latent HIV using a technique that isolates single, infected cells as tiny amounts of blood move through their microfluidic devices. Their work was featured in Science news.
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Transfusing blood from an old mouse to a younger mouse causes ageing

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 11:44
New research from the Conboy Lab, highlighted in New Scientist magazine, has demonstrated that transfusing young mice with blood from older rodents quickly triggers ageing in the young, suggesting that cellular ageing isn’t just a case of wear and tear. This is one step closer to potential anti-ageing treatments and builds on years of aging research from Professor Irina Conboy.
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Huue Closes a $14.6 Million Series A to Disrupt Denim Dyeing

Tue, 08/02/2022 - 17:02
Synthetic biology startup Huue, founded by BioE PhD alumni Tammy Hsu, has raised $14.6 million in a Series A funding round for what it says is the world’s first clean and scalable indigo dye for denim.
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David Schaffer: Research that takes risks must be supported

Mon, 08/01/2022 - 23:02
Professor David Schaffer reflects on the reasons why he sees Berkeley as a leader in world-changing research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Human lung proteins can advance or thwart SARS-CoV-2 infections

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 19:24
A study led by Prof Patrick Hsu has identified specific proteins within our bodies that can promote or protect us from SARS-CoV-2 infections, potentially opening the door to new antiviral therapies. Notably, they showed that mucins -- the main component of mucus found in the lungs -- seem to help block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering cells.
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Bacteria for Blastoff: Using Microbes to Make Supercharged New Rocket Fuel

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 21:26
New research led by Professor Jay Keasling took inspiration from an extraordinary antifungal molecule made by Streptomyces bacteria to develop a totally new type of fuel that has projected energy density greater than the most advanced heavy-duty fuels used today, including the rocket fuels used by NASA.
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Streets and Yartsev promoted to Associate Professor

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 21:09
Congratulations to new Associate Professors Aaron Streets and Michael Yartsev, granted tenure effective July 1, 2022!
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Head-Gordon Pursuing AI-driven Drug Discovery at New NIH Center

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 20:42
Professor Teresa Head-Gordon will continue the machine learning COVID-19 research spurred by a 2020 Digital Transformation Institute grant, with the Midwest Antiviral Drug Discovery Center for Pathogens of Pandemic Concern, one of nine new centers announced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on May 18, 2022.
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Schaffer named Executive Director of QB3

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:13
David Schaffer, PhD, a University of California, Berkeley professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, bioengineering, and molecular and cell biology, who holds over 50 patents and whose research has spawned eight companies to commercialize stem cell and gene therapies, has been appointed the next executive director of QB3.
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Decoding the Human Proteome With Glyphic Biotechnologies

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 10:47
Check out this feature on Bakar Labs startup Glyphic Biotechnologies - co-founded by MTM alumnus Josh Yang!
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Messersmith receives Bakar Fellows Spark Award

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 13:10
Congratulations to Professor Phillip Messersmith, one of seven new recipients of the 2022 Bakar Fellows Spark Award, designed to accelerate faculty-led research and produce tangible, positive societal impact through commercialization. Messersmith is developing a regenerative therapy for the intestinal ulcers that accompany inflammatory bowel disease.
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Pruitt named 2022 Brown Engineering Alumni Medalist

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 19:03
Professor Lisa Pruitt is one of two 2022 recipients of the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, recognizing exceptional records of accomplishment by Brown alumni in their engineering careers. Pruitt received her Ph.D. from Brown and joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 1993, later becoming a joint professor in the Department of Bioengineering.
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