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BioE MEng team wins Fung Mission Award

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:27
The Master of Engineering capstone team of Yu-Shuo Chen, Kylua Chen, Matthew Kennedy, Paula Schultheiss, and Jesse Yang, mentored by Bioengineering Professors Irina Conboy and Syed Hossainy, has won the 2019 Fung Institute Mission Award for Most Innovative Project. Their project, Exploring Post-Stroke Neural Recovery Via Exogenous Electromagnetic Field Therapy investigates the therapeutic potential of […]
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Tyler Chen wins University Medal

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:18
Congratulations to bioengineering & materials science and engineering major Tyler Chen, named the 2019 University Medalist! This is UC Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior, which he will accept with a speech to thousands of his peers at a campus-wide commencement ceremony at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 18.
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Lauryn Jordan 1st place in engineering undergraduate poster session

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:46
Bioengineering undergraduate Lauryn Jordan took first place in the spring College of Engineering Undergraduate Poster Session, for her excellent poster describing her work in Professor Amy Herr’s lab. Congratulations!
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Bioengineers have Big Ideas

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:45
Great results for bioengineers in the 2019 Big Ideas competition – one first place and three third place projects! Respira Labs, led by MTM alumna Maria Artunduaga and Haas students Nikhil Chacko and Nerjada Maksutaj, took first place in the Hardware for Good category for their technology for the early detection of COPD attacks.  Two […]
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Kumar Lab uses engineered materials to gain insight into how cells migrate within tissue

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 16:35
Researchers from Professor Kumar's lab investigate the spreading of cells, offering general regulatory principles that should be directly applicable to understanding and controlling cell spreading in fully 3D environments. This research is applicable to understanding and eventually controlling how tumors spread within the body.
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MTM student Ikennah Browne will speak at commencement

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 15:22
Graduating Master of Translational Medicine student Ikennah Browne will be this year’s graduate student speaker at Engineering Commencement on Tuesday, May 21. Browne was a practicing general surgeon in Calgary, Canada before coming to Berkeley to pursue his passion for research and innovation in the Master of Translational Medicine program.
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From $30,000 to $200: slashing the cost of prosthetic hands

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 11:36
An interdisciplinary team of Master of Engineering students are working to reduce the cost of bionic "smart" prostheses by redesigning the electronic controller board, and making it compatible with inexpensive 3D printed prosthetic hands. The Project Sparthan team, including bioengineers Davide Asnaghi and Alva Liang, recently won the 3rd place in the Hardware for Good category of the Big Ideas competition at UC Berkeley.
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The Future is Female: How Women are fighting bias in AI

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 11:27
Check out BioE undergraduate and Fung Fellow Megan Handley's perspective on on the WITI@UC conference, and how women are impacting the biases in the AI space.
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Bioe undergrads take first place at Stanford Longevity Design Challenge

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:23
Undergraduate Fung Fellows Lillian Tran, Ismail Azam, Ashna Mangla, Rani Cochran, Inaara Charolia across four majors (Bioengineering, Cognitive Science, Public Health & Sociology), took first place at the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. They pitched their intergenerational card game called "So You Think You Know Your Grandma?" to reach the finals, they competed with 97 teams representing 59 universities in 24 countries.
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New CRISPR-powered device detects genetic mutations in minutes

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:39
Work by former postdoc Kiana Aran with Profs Murthy and Conboy combines CRISPR with electronic transistors made from graphene to create a new hand-held device that can detect specific genetic mutations in a matter of minutes.
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Lessons learned from the job market after the Berkeley MEng

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:41
BioE MEng alumnus Bradley Los (2018) shares his path from newly admitted grad student to full-time engineer at a top company.
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Streets receives NSF CAREER Award

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:37
Professor Aaron Streets has been awarded a 2019 NSF CAREER Award for his research on a microfluidic-microscopy hybrid platform for whole-tissue chemical and transcriptional profiling. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent […]
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Welcome Professor Liana Lareau!

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:17
We are extremely pleased to announce our newest faculty member, Dr. Liana Lareau. A graduate of MIT and UC Berkeley, her research uses computational and molecular biology to understand how post-transcriptional regulation leads to robust and flexible control of gene expression. Welcome Liana!
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Healy wins CERSI research award

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:09
Professor Kevin Healy has been awarded a grant from the FDA through the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI). The grant will cover collaborative research on “Multi-organ microphysiological systems for modeling clinical drug effects.”
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Cannabis – made by synthetic biology

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:48
Professor Jay Keasling and collaborators have engineered brewer’s yeast to produce marijuana’s main ingredients—mind-altering THC and non-psychoactive CBD—as well as novel cannabinoids not found in the plant itself. Feeding only on sugar, the yeast are an easy and cheap way to produce pure cannabinoids that today are costly to extract from the buds of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa.
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Pivot Bio in 2019 World’s Most Innovative Companies

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 16:49
Pivot Bio, founded by Bioengineering PhD alumnus Karsten Temme, was named #8 in Fast Company's 2019 "The World's Most Innovative Companies" list, in the Food sector.  Pivot Bio makes the world's first nitrogen-producing microbial that grafts onto corn to act as a sustainable fertilizer. 
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Student feature: Prithiv Natarajan

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 17:23
Prithiv is a BioE student and career rep in the MEng program from Chennai, India. He is currently working on a Capstone project with the USPTO, using VR to deal with a variety of patenting issues.
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Conboy weighs in on young blood treatments

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:15
Professor Irina Conboy and researcher Michael Conboy were interviewed by ABC News on the practice of infusing young blood into older adults in an attempt to thwart the aging process. The FDA recently issued a warning against this practice, supported by the Conboys, experts on aging research.
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Business classes help engineers better understand the world we live in

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:52
BioE MEng student Oskar Radermecker shared on Medium how the Master of Engineering business bootcamps have transformed how he views technology and business.
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Alumna Bhatti named Associate Chair at Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:15
Bioengineering Alumna (BS 1989) Pamela Bhatti has been appointed as the new Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Bhatti will lead the School’s support of faculty members’ entrepreneurial activities. She will also manage the programs associated with ECE’s large number of corporate partners and affiliates, and support the partnership with the School’s Advisory Board.
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