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Undergraduate researchers earn Goldwater Scholarship

May 13, 2021

Undergraduate researchers earn Goldwater Scholarship

Three UC San Diego undergraduate students with impressive academic and research credentials were selected to receive the Goldwater Scholarship, designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.  Full Story


Bioengineering student earns Strauss Scholarship

May 13, 2021

Bioengineering student earns Strauss Scholarship

UC San Diego bioengineering undergraduate Zina Patel was selected to receive the $15,000 Strauss Scholarship, awarded to outstanding students developing social change or public service projects. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Ranks #9 in U.S. News and World Report Best Engineering Schools Rankings

March 30, 2021

UC San Diego Engineering Ranks #9 in U.S. News and World Report Best Engineering Schools Rankings

For the second year in a row, the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has ranked #9 in the nation in the influential U.S. News & World Report Rankings of Best Engineering Schools.    Full Story


New ways of looking inside living cells

March 29, 2021

New ways of looking inside living cells

From developing new imaging platforms, to asking new biological questions, and developing new disease diagnostics, UC San Diego bioengineering professor Lingyan Shi is pushing the boundaries of what's possible when we look inside living cells. Full Story


How to speed up muscle repair

March 17, 2021

How to speed up muscle repair

By studying how different pluripotent stem cell lines build muscle, researchers have for the first time discovered how epigenetic mechanisms can be triggered to accelerate muscle cell growth, providing new insights for developing therapies for muscle disease, injury and atrophy. Full Story


With gene therapy, scientists develop opioid-free solution for chronic pain

March 10, 2021

With gene therapy, scientists develop opioid-free solution for chronic pain

A gene therapy for chronic pain could offer a safer, non-addictive alternative to opioids. By temporarily repressing a gene involved in sensing pain, the treatment increased pain tolerance in mice, lowered their sensitivity to pain and provided months of pain relief without causing numbness. Full Story


Adhesion, contractility enable metastatic cells to go against the grain

March 9, 2021

Adhesion, contractility enable metastatic cells to go against the grain

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University have discovered a key feature that allows cancer cells to break from typical cell behavior and migrate away from the stiffer tissue in a tumor, shedding light on the process of metastasis and offering possible new targets for cancer therapies.  Full Story


Engineer inducted into prestigious biomedical institution

February 22, 2021

Engineer inducted into prestigious biomedical institution

Padmini Rangamani, a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She was recognized for outstanding contributions to multiscale computational modeling of cellular mechanobiology including spatial signal transduction and membrane trafficking processes.   Full Story


In Memoriam: Juan C. Lasheras, Distinguished Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor

February 9, 2021

In Memoriam: Juan C. Lasheras, Distinguished Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor

Juan C. Lasheras, University of California San Diego distinguished professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Bioengineering, passed away on February 1, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.   Full Story


Women in STEM: Picture a Scientist

January 29, 2021

Women in STEM: Picture a Scientist

Women from all different stages of their scientific careers, from undergraduate students through the UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Research, met virtually to share their experiences as women in STEM for the UC San Diego Bioengineering Diversity Council’s Winter Quarter Town Hall. Full Story


A call to end funding discrimination against Black scientists in the United States

January 26, 2021

A call to end funding discrimination against Black scientists in the United States

Representatives from a network of women deans, chairs and distinguished faculty in biomedical engineering are calling upon the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to address disparities in allocating support to Black researchers.  The group made the call to action in the Jan. 26, 2021 issue of the journal Cell.    Full Story


The Spectacular Synthesis of Spider Silk

January 26, 2021

The Spectacular Synthesis of Spider Silk

For David Breslauer, a UC San Diego bioengineering alumnus and co-founder and chief scientific officer at Bolt Threads, a bioengineering company in Emeryville, Calif., the potential of the spider and the mushroom represent not just another way to make apparel, but a way to bring greater sustainability to the clothing industry. Full Story


UC San Diego Alumnus at Helm of Company Behind First At-Home COVID Test

January 21, 2021

UC San Diego Alumnus at Helm of Company Behind First At-Home COVID Test

In November 2020, Lucira Health received emergency use authorization for the first rapid at-home COVID-19 test from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Erik Engelson, a UC San Diego bioengineering and microbiology alumnus, is president and CEO of Lucira Health. He spoke about the process of getting the COVID-19 test kit through FDA emergency use authorization, his time at UC San Diego, and advice for students, in this Q&A. Full Story


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January 13, 2021

UC San Diego professor Bernhard O. Palsson named Y.C. Fung Endowed Chair in Bioengineering

University of California San Diego professor Bernhard O. Palsson  has been named the Y.C. Fung Endowed Chair in Bioengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Palsson is also a professor of pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Biosustainability.  Palsson’s research focuses on developing experimental and computational models of the red blood cell, E. coli, CHO cells, and several human pathogens to establish their systems biology. His Systems Biology Research Group leverages high-power computing to build interactive databases of biological information and is increasingly focused on Genome Design and Engineering. Full Story


Bioengineering alumnus named to Forbes 30 Under 30

December 15, 2020

Bioengineering alumnus named to Forbes 30 Under 30

UC San Diego bioengineering and biology alumnus Joshua Yang was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Healthcare. Yang, an MD-PhD student at Johns Hopkins, cofounded kidney diagnostics startup Nephrosant, and is active in healthcare venture capital due diligance.  Full Story