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Series A funding for Magnetic Insight

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:05
Congrats to alumnus Patrick Goodwill and Prof Steve Conolly for securing Series A funding for their startup, Magnetic Insight. The $18M will support commercial growth of Magnetic Particle Imaging in cell therapy, vascular, and oncology applications.
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2018 capstones complete – congratulations seniors!

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:19
Congratulations to our capstone seniors on finishing their BioE 192 senior projects!  This year students worked with seven clinical faculty at UCSF, UCSF Fresno, and Stanford to address problems including blood loss in low-resource conflict zones, robust approaches to draining ascites fluid from patients suffering from alcoholic liver disease, the user interface for individuals with […]
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Sports Tech – Cal Athletics and Engineering

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:06
The Sports Tech Challenger Class, a collaboration between Cal Athletics and the College of Engineering, put athletes and engineers to work this fall developing base technologies or applications that improve athletic performance.
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Eko and Mayo Clinic Collaborate on Machine Learning Algorithm to Help Physicians Fight Heart Disease

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:28
Alumni startup Eko has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic to develop and commercialize a machine learning-based algorithm that screens patients for the presence of a low ejection fraction – a weak heart pump.
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Athena Awards for Bioengineers!

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:30
BioE PhD students Sally Winkler and Kayla Wolf are receiving a 2018 Women In Technology Initiative Athena Award for Next Generation Engagement, for Double Shelix, their podcast all about women in STEM, the grad school grind, and inclusive science. MTM alumna Maria Artunduaga will receive the Early Career Athena Award for work on her startup, Respira Labs.
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Alum Steen named Berkeley Visionary

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 16:43
Alumnus Eric Steen, PhD 2010, is the CEO and co-founder of Lygos Biotech and winner of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s Visionary of the Year award for 2018. The awards go annually to innovators with “imagination and persistence” who live or work in Berkeley.
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Why should you vote?

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:11
BioE and EnviroE grad students Andrew Bremer and Sara Glade will tell you.
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Mofrad Lab introduces “Deep Echocardiography”

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:55
Published this week in Nature Public Journals: Digital Medicine, Professor Mohammad Mofrad's lab introduces "Deep Echocardiography" by applying deep learning towards clinical classifications and diagnostics of cardiac diseases.
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House and Senate delegation meets with bioengineers

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:28
Visitors from the US House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services visited UC Berkeley on Tuesday, October 16 and toured Professor Amy Herr’s laboratory. The appropriations staff met with several bioengineering graduate students, as well as Professor Herr, who were able to provide specific stories of NIH funding impact on both research and the […]
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Murthy Lab tech rapidly identifies antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:24
Prof Niren Murthy's lab, led by postdoc Tara deBoer, has developed a new cheap and simple point-of-care assay for diagnosing bacterial drug resistance. Termed DETECT, the technology can identify bacterial drug resistance directly from patient urine samples. The study appears on the Oct. 18 cover of the journal ChemBioChem.
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Alumni news: Invasive breast cancers punch tunnels into neighboring tissue

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:07
Phd alumnus Ovijit Chaudhuri, now a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University, has uncovered a previously unknown mechanism cancerous cells use to break through the basement membrane, allowing the tumor to become invasive.
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Alum Artunduaga featured on VentureWell

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:18
MTM alumna and founder of startup Respira Labs Maria Artunduaga is featured in the Innovator Spotlight on VentureWell! She invented a device that continuously monitors patients’ lung function and collects lifestyle and other medical data to improve management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
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Arkin Lab disentangles bacterial gene translation

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:00
Using a massive set of 244,000 synthetic sequence experiments, Adam Arkin and his collaborators disentangled some of the complex determinants for how bacterial genes are translated. Published today in Nature Biotechnology, their work has made it possible to identify general rules for optimizing protein expression, a fundamental step in understanding living systems, and takes another step toward the efficient design of engineered bacterial gene expression systems.
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Million Hands builds an open-source platform for customizable, functional, low-cost prosthetic hands

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:10
Learn more about Million Hands, a team-based project that has been making progress in developing 3D-printed prosthetic hands with more robust capability. Four bioengineering MEng students, Aastha Shah, Sina Dabiri, Jose Ramirez, and Aashish Bhardwaj, are members of the team.
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4 MTM students win Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalyst grants

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:18
One third of patients who survive cardiac arrest suffer from permanent neurological or brain damage. MTM students Robert Schultz, Justin Olshavsky, Aurko Shaw, and Ikennah Browne won a Jacobs Institute Ignite grant to push their project, a brain-saving catheter for use in the field, to the next stage of implementation.
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5 students named 2019 Siebel Scholars

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 23:42
PhD students Andrew Bremer, Marc Steven Chooljian, Phillip Kang, Stacey Lee, and Nicole Anne Repina have been named the 2019 UC Berkeley Siebel Scholars in Bioengineering by the Siebel Foundation. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes outstanding graduate students from the world’s most prestigious business, computer science, energy science, and bioengineering graduate schools.
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Bioengineering holds steady in Top Ten ranking

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:39
The Department of Bioengineering undergraduate program is one again ranked #7 in the United State in the US News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released today.
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Building a diseased heart

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:54
To develop useful in vitro model systems for identifying the correlation between genetic deficiencies and environmental stress for cardiomyopathy, Professor Kevin Healy and his lab teamed up with molecular biologists at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases to combine cutting edge tissue engineering and genome editing techniques to create a “diseased heart micro-tissue” model to mimic both the genetic and physical components of cardiomyopathy.
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