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Kumar lab sheds new light on cellular stress fiber networks

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:15
New research from Professor Sanjay Kumar's lab uncovers fundamental design principles of how cells and tissues define and maintain their structure, combining sophisticated micropatterning technologies to engineer cell shape, laser nanosurgery to cut individual stress fibers with light and probe their internal structure, and mathematical modeling. Cell shape is critical in development, wound healing, stem cell differentiation, and cancer, among other processes. The lead author is bioengineering PhD student Elena Kassianidou .
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Arkin will lead new NASA Center

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:28
Professor Adam Arkin will lead the new NASA Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), a Space Technology Research Institute to advance research into an integrated, multi-function, multi-organism bio-manufacturing system to produce fuel, materials, pharmaceuticals and food on long-term space missions.
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Three faculty named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:37
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has announced it's inaugural class of 47 faculty investigators from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford, including three Berkeley Bioengineers. Professors Dan Fletcher, Amy Herr and Aaron Streets are among the 13 Berkeley faculty who will receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research.
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Connolly Lab wins safety award

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:29
Professor Steven Conolly’s lab has won the 2017 Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award in the Large Physical Sciences Lab category. Winners were selected based on consideration of the lab’s safety inspection results, internal safety communications, and collaboration with EH&S and Department Safety Coordinators.
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Arkin and Keasling break ground on the IGI

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:21
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab began construction of the Integrative Genomics Building (IGB), which will house researchers from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute with those from the Systems Biology Knowledgebase under one roof. Bioengineering professors Adam Arkin, Director of Kbase, and Jay Keasling, Biosciences Associate Laboratory Director, were on hand for the groundbreaking.
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Mofrad lab on the cover of ACS Nano

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:08
Research from Professor Mohammad Mofrad's lab, "Bacterial Networks on Hydrophobic Micropillars", made the cover of the journal ACS Nano this issue.
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Healy Lab featured on Futurism

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:06
Healy Lab's heart-on-a-chip technology is the subject of a video feature at Futurism.
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Amy Herr is first Faculty Director of Bakar Fellows

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:43
Professor Amy Herr has been named the the inaugural faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley. The program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture, to help professors translate their ground-breaking discoveries into practical solutions and contribute to Berkeley's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Herr was a member of the first class of Bakar Fellows in 2012.
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BioE students featured in MEng newsletter

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:50
Bioengineering MEng students Sneha Balan and Nick Engel are featured on page 4 of the Winter MEng newsletter, for their Early Cancer Detection project and Alumni Innovation Award. Nick is also on the cover.
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Arkin lab method may save lives during blood transfusion

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:42
After severe trauma, some patients in shock develop impaired coagulation. This is difficult to diagnose in crisis and makes blood transfusions dangerously challenging to manage. Professor Adam Arkin and collaborators have used dynamic modeling to demonstrate a method for calculating each patient’s transfusion requirements using only laboratory values that can be easily and quickly obtained in the emergency setting. This personalized information could help hospitals save lives at risk from acute traumatic coagulopathy and massive transfusion mortality.
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Downing in 2017 30 Under 30

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:41
Congratulations 2013 PhD Tim Downing, now a professor at UC Irvine, named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work examining how extracellular signals can influence the final fate of cells.
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BioE startup helps clean tech rise again

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 16:57
Lygos, a synthetic biology company founded by BioE PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, was featured in a New York Times article on the resurgence of companies using biology to produce cheap, safe and natural materials for fuel, cosmetics and other goods.
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Liepmann lab team wins capstone award

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:50
Master of Engineering student Nicholas Engel won the Alumni Innovation Award at this year’s Fall Capstone Expo! Engel’s project, “Integrating Electronics into BioMEMS”, was developed with Professor Dorian Liepmann. It was selected by a panel of six M.Eng. alumni based upon the importance of the problem addressed, the creativity of the solution, and the impact of the […]
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BioE startup Lygos raises $13 million

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 15:15
Lygos Biotech, founded by PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, has raised $13 million in Series A funding to continue their work producing high-value specialty chemicals through synthetic biology. Their process uses domestic sugars instead of petroleum for chemical production, and has already resulted in the world’s first bio-based production of malonic acid.
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Herr named to National Academy of Inventors

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:00
Professor Amy Herr has been elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She joins only eleven other Berkeley faculty ever elected. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Congratulations!
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Herr Lab invention named Top Innovation of 2016 by The Scientist

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 13:16
For the #1 spot in their annual Top 10 Innovations of the year, The Scientist magazine has chosen Milo, the commercial version of the single-cell Western blot technology invented in Professor Amy Herr's lab. Originally developed for market by BioE PhD alumna Kelly Gardner for their startup Zephyrus Biosciences, acquired by BioTechne, Gardner now runs commercialization of the product for ProteinSimple.
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MEng alum startup Lief launches Kickstarter

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:49
Lief Therapeutics has designed a smart patch that helps people manage their stress through heart rate variability biofeedback. Co-founder Billy Frese is a 2015 BioE MEng alum. Check them out on Kickstarter.
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Conboy finds young blood does not reverse aging

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:14
A new study from Professor Irina Conboy's lab found that tissue health and repair dramatically decline in young mice when half of their blood is replaced with blood from old mice. This adds further detail to the complex study of aging and suggest that young blood alone will not reverse the aging process.
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Gauss Surgical one of “80+ Companies Reinventing Medicine”

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 16:14
Gauss Surgical, a startup formed by MTM alumnus Siddarth Satish, was listed as one of "80+ Companies Reinventing Medicine" by venture analysis group CB Insights.
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Seeker spotlight on the CellScope

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:10
Check out this great video on the CellScope Loa.
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