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Tsuchida and Vasic in 30 Under 30

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 12/01/2023 - 11:53

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PhD alumni Connor Tsuchida and Ivana Vasic have both been named to the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list for their achievements in Healthcare! Tsuchida has founded Crispr delivery startup Azalea Therapeutics, and Vasic is developing therapies to support the next generation of in vitro fertilization as founder of Vitra Labs.
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The Evolutionary Origins of Psychedelics

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 22:37

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Why do plants, mushrooms, microbes and even some animals make chemicals like these with life-saving, life-enhancing, and even life-ending properties? Read Professor Noah Whiteman's recent article in TIME Magazine to learn more!

 

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Undergrad Tau presents at ABRCMS

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 11/20/2023 - 14:06

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Undergraduate researcher Cyrus Tau was selected to present, and won the Best Talk award, in the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology oral presentation section at this year’s Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists – ABRCMS 2023. 
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Hummingbirds' unique sideways flutter gets them through small apertures

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 15:57

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Dr. Robert Dudley, Professor of Integrative Biology at Berkeley, shares some fascinating hummingbird findings in a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Read more...
 

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Two alumni innovations named to Time 2023 Best Inventions

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 20:19

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Two PhD alumni have innovations named to the Time Magazine 200 Best Inventions of 2023 list. The Cala kIQ, developed by Cala Health, founded by alumna Kate Rosenbluth, is a wearable device that assists patients with Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s. Proven 40 OS is a fertilizer using naturally occurring microbes to reduce emissions and pollution while producing higher crop yields – developed by Pivot Bio, founded by alumnus Karsten Temme.
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Aluna named Tech for Global Good Laureate

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 19:35

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BioE startup Aluna, founded by alumna Charvi Shetty, has been named a 2023-24 Tech for Global Good Laureate, one of four venures recognized for using technology to significantly advance health equity and improve lives. Aluna makes hardware and software that helps people with breathing problems.
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Daniel Okamoto to Join IB Faculty

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 10/31/2023 - 12:25

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Starting in January 2024, Dr. Dan Okamoto (he/him/his) will be an assistant professor of Global Change Biology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a statistician, modeler, and field ecologist. Read more...

 

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Herr wins Springer Nature Test of Time Award

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 10/26/2023 - 15:51
Professor Amy Herr has won the 2023 Microsystems & Nanoengineering/Springer Nature Test of Time Award, recognizing research that was presented at MicroTAS within the last 10-15 years that is still impacting today’s research in the filed of microfluidics.
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Nature's poisons: Why we love them and abuse them

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 10/24/2023 - 15:18

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A new book by evolutionary biologist and Integrative Biology Professor Noah Whiteman explores the delicious toxins all around us. Read more...

 

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Diversity in academic hiring, a success story

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 10/24/2023 - 12:22

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The CZ Biohub SF-backed NextGen initiative, co-founded by Professor Aaron Streets, succeeds in diversifying faculty hiring in biological and biomedical sciences at major Bay Area universities
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Introducing Dr. Michal Shuldman

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 10/23/2023 - 13:27

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Introducing Dr. Michal Shuldman: A Catalyst for Biological Educational Innovation and Active Learning. Read more...

 

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Introducing Dr. Lúcia G. Lohmann

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 10/23/2023 - 13:22

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Introducing Dr. Lúcia G. Lohmann: A Leading Authority in Neotropical Plant Diversity and Conservation, and Our New Director for the University and Jepson Herbaria. Read more...

 

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Wilbur Lam named to National Academy of Medicine

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 10/16/2023 - 15:41

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PhD alumnus Wilbur Lam, now Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Tech, has been named one of the 2023 new members of the National Academy of Medicine. Lam was recognized for "outstanding contributions in point-of-care, home-based, and/or smartphone-enabled diagnostics that are changing the management of pediatric and hematologic diseases as well as development of microsystems technologies as research-enabling platforms to investigate blood biophysics. He also leads national/NIH efforts to assess diagnostic tests (including those for COVID-19) for the entire country."
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Congratulations 2024 Siebel Scholars!

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 10/16/2023 - 15:02

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Five Bioengineering PhD students have been named Siebel Scholars of the class of 2024: Cindy Ayala, Ruiming Cao, Sita Srinivasan Chandrasekaran, Cameron Tadashi Kato, and Andre Lai. 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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Bolt Threads going public

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 10/05/2023 - 12:05

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Bolt Threads, a company co-founded by BioE PhD alumnus David Breslauer, plans to go public in a SPAC deal that values the one-time unicorn at $250 million. Bolt Threads uses synthetic biology and other techniques to sustainably produce engineered biomaterials, including synthetic spider silk and mushroom-based faux leather.
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Gutierrez Cebrero and Tong named Fall 23 Bakar Ignite Scholars

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 10/05/2023 - 11:37

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Congratulations to undergraduates Karla Gutierrez Cebrero and Elaine Tong, both named Fall 2023 Bakar Ignite Scholars! The program connects undergraduate students with leading scientists in the Bakar Fellows Program to conduct paid research that supports their Bakar projects.
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Vlassakis receives NIH New Innovator Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 10/03/2023 - 22:28

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PhD alumna Julea Vlassakis, now Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, has been named a 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator! These prestigious awards support early-career investigators with ambitious, unconventional project proposals demonstrating broad impact potential.
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Moisés Expósito Alonso to Join IB Faculty

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 10/02/2023 - 19:28

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Carnegie’s Moisés Expósito Alonso will be joining University of California Berkeley as an assistant professor of global change biology and member of the Innovative Genomics Institute in January. Read more...
 

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A history of innovation: Berkeley entrepreneurs, companies that changed the way we live

Department of Bioengineering - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 21:32
Professor Aaron Streets is featured in a campus publication celebrating the culture and spirit of innovation at UC Berkeley, recognized for being a tireless advocate for increasing diversity in STEM research.
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Researchers demonstrate heat-induced pyroelectricity in viruses

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 09/29/2023 - 14:32

Schematic showing the electric potential generated from virus film upon heating. Heat denatures, or melts, the protein coating on the engineered phage, causing a difference in electrical potential. (Image courtesy of Seung-Wuk Lee)

Researchers in Professor Seung-Wuk Lee's lab discovered for the first time “heat-induced electrical potential generation on a virus,” a phenomenon known as pyroelectricity. This work may shed light on how biomaterials — cells, tissues and proteins — generate electricity at a molecular level as well as lead to the development of biomaterials with novel medical, pharmaceutical, environmental and energy applications.
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