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UC San Diego's Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society earns Outstanding Achievement Award

October 5, 2022

UC San Diego's Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society earns Outstanding Achievement Award

UC San Diego’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) was recognized with the Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award for their work in the 2021-2022 school year. This is the third time the undergraduate BMES chapter received this prestigious award in the last five years, after earning the honor in 2017 and 2020.   Full Story


Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

September 29, 2022

Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

The UC San Diego campus community turned out in big numbers last Friday to celebrate the opening of the sleek and soaring Franklin Antonio Hall. The 186,000 square foot building is not only innovative in its architecture, it’s also ground-breaking in how research teams are organized within the building. Full Story


Mutational signature linking bladder cancer and tobacco smoking found with new AI tool

September 26, 2022

Mutational signature linking bladder cancer and tobacco smoking found with new AI tool

UC San Diego researchers have for the first time discovered a pattern of DNA mutations that links bladder cancer to tobacco smoking. The work could help researchers identify what environmental factors, such as exposure to tobacco smoke and UV radiation, cause cancer in certain patients. It could also lead to more customized treatments for a patient’s specific cancer. Full Story


Bioengineering, bioinformatics graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars

September 22, 2022

Bioengineering, bioinformatics graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars

Five UC San Diego bioengineering and bioinformatics graduate students have been honored as 2023 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students in the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science. Full Story


Six undergraduate engineering programs earn top-10 rank

September 14, 2022

Six undergraduate engineering programs earn top-10 rank

Six undergraduate academic programs at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering ranked in the top 10 programs in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges ranking. Full Story


$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

September 8, 2022

$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

With a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego is leading a new effort to support low-income transfer students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The five-year program, called EMPOWER, will support engineering students at UC San Diego and two nearby community colleges, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., and Imperial Valley College in Imperial, Calif., working to eliminate opportunity gaps through comprehensive cohort-based, success-promoting programming and significant scholarships. Full Story


Binational program provides students with impactful research opportunities

August 25, 2022

Binational program provides students with impactful research opportunities

As part of the ENLACE binational research program, 185 students from Mexico and the United States spent the summer getting hands-on experience in science and engineering labs on campus.  Full Story


A new neuromorphic chip for AI on the edge, at a small fraction of the energy and size of today's compute platforms

August 17, 2022

A new neuromorphic chip for AI on the edge, at a small fraction of the energy and size of today's compute platforms

An international team of researchers has designed and built a chip that runs computations directly in memory and can run a wide variety of AI applications–all at a fraction of the energy consumed by computing platforms for general-purpose AI computing. The NeuRRAM neuromorphic chip brings AI a step closer to running on a broad range of edge devices, disconnected from the cloud, where they can perform sophisticated cognitive tasks anywhere and anytime without relying on a network connection to a centralized server.    Full Story


Researchers receive $3.14M NIH grant for better imaging during pediatric heart procedures

August 16, 2022

Researchers receive $3.14M NIH grant for better imaging during pediatric heart procedures

Engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego have received a $3.14 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to help make MRIs a viable option for imaging during heart procedures in children.   Full Story


UC San Diego bioengineering faculty to pursue collaborative research in Franklin Antonio Hall

August 12, 2022

UC San Diego bioengineering faculty to pursue collaborative research in Franklin Antonio Hall

When the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s new 186,000-square-foot Franklin Antonio Hall building comes online in Summer 2022, three bioengineering professors will be among the faculty from all corners of campus who will be leading teams within a building designed from the ground up to maximize the circulation of people and ideas.    Full Story


Netflix-style algorithm builds blueprint of cancer genomes

June 15, 2022

Netflix-style algorithm builds blueprint of cancer genomes

The science behind predicting your viewing habits on Netflix could one day be used to guide doctors in managing some of the hardest-to-treat cancers, shows a study led by the University of California San Diego and University College London. Full Story


UC San Diego researchers working to trace roots of triple negative breast cancer

June 7, 2022

UC San Diego researchers working to trace roots of triple negative breast cancer

Researchers at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with researchers at City of Hope Hospital, have launched a new project to uncover the mechanisms that lead to triple negative breast cancer in human breast tissues. Full Story


Class of 2022 honored with Awards of Excellence

June 7, 2022

Class of 2022 honored with Awards of Excellence

The Jacobs School of Engineering will honor the undergraduate class of 2022 at its annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, after the campus convocation. Six students who have made significant contributions to their department and the Jacobs School community will be honored with Awards of Excellence. Full Story


Breaking through to the brain

May 5, 2022

Breaking through to the brain

UC San Diego bioengineering Professor Ester Kwon, who leads the Nanoscale Bioengineering research lab, is developing nanomaterials that could be used to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury.  Full Story


Arrhythmia mapping technology demonstrates positive clinical results

May 4, 2022

Arrhythmia mapping technology demonstrates positive clinical results

Bioengineers and cardiologists from UC San Diego invented a technology that can accurately and noninvasively map atrial and ventricular heart arrhythmias in a matter of minutes. The technology demonstrated 97.3 percent accuracy in a clinical validation study, and recently received FDA clearance. Full Story


Study of promising Alzheimer's marker in blood prompts warning about brain-boosting supplements

May 3, 2022

Study of promising Alzheimer's marker in blood prompts warning about brain-boosting supplements

Elevated levels of an enzyme called PHGDH in the blood of older adults could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's disease. Research led by UC San Diego has consistently found high levels of PHGDH expression in brain tissue and blood samples of older adults with different stages of the disease. The findings also prompt caution against the use of dietary supplements that contain the amino acid serine as a remedy for Alzheimer's disease. Full Story


Startup cofounded by UC San Diego bioengineer wins angel investment competition

April 20, 2022

Startup cofounded by UC San Diego bioengineer wins angel investment competition

Karios Technologies, a company cofounded by UC San Diego bioengineering professor Karen Christman, won the inaugural Apis Health Angel Conference, a Seattle-based event that connects investors and health-related startups.    Full Story


Sun and solar panels shine at 40th Research Expo

April 19, 2022

Sun and solar panels shine at 40th Research Expo

Nanoengineering master’s student Tala Sidawi had her time in the sun at the 2022 edition of Research Expo. Sidawi took home the grand prize for her work to model how solar panels “breathe” water in real time. Such a model could help researchers design solar panels that last longer and perform better in humid environments, and also cost less to build.   Full Story


Bioengineers Visualize Fat Storage in Fruit Flies

April 14, 2022

Bioengineers Visualize Fat Storage in Fruit Flies

For the first time, researchers have visually monitored, in high resolution, the timing and location of fat storage within the intact cells of fruit flies. The new optical imaging tool from the lab of bioengineering professor Lingyan Shi at the University of California San Diego is already being used to untangle often discussed, yet mysterious, links between diet and things like obesity, diabetes and aging. The work from bioengineers at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is published in the journal Aging Cell. Full Story


Researchers map lung development after birth into late childhood for the first time

April 12, 2022

Researchers map lung development after birth into late childhood for the first time

How do the lungs develop after taking their first breaths outside the womb? What cellular events and changes early in life give rise to lung malfunction and disease? To help answer these questions, UC San Diego researchers have constructed the first single-cell atlas of postnatal lung development in humans and mice. Full Story


ICRA 2022 preview: from robots inspired by insects to helping robots navigate and interact

April 11, 2022

ICRA 2022 preview: from robots inspired by insects to helping robots navigate and interact

From algorithms that help robots better navigate and interact with the world and humans, to robots inspired by insects, researchers at the University of California San Diego are making significant contributions to the field of robotics at the 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation taking place from May 23 to 27, 2022  in Philadelphia.   Full Story


Research Expo enters its 4th decade

April 1, 2022

Research Expo enters its 4th decade

Connected systems take center stage at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s 40th annual Research Expo on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Join us to hear from more than 100 graduate students from all six Jacobs School of Engineering departments, as they present their groundbreaking engineering and computer science research. Full Story


UC San Diego bioengineers inducted into prestigious biomedical institution

March 16, 2022

UC San Diego bioengineers inducted into prestigious biomedical institution

Two bioengineers at the University of California San Diego will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Professors Stephanie Fraley and Prashant Mali are among the 153 new AIMBE Fellows who will be recognized at a ceremony during AIMBE’s 2022 Annual Event on March 25. Full Story


Bioengineering alumnus on COVID-19 antiviral pill development team

February 24, 2022

Bioengineering alumnus on COVID-19 antiviral pill development team

Jacobs School of Engineering alumnus Britton Boras shares how his graduate degree prepared him for a career at Pfizer, where he was on the team that developed a COVID-19 antiviral pill. Full Story


Simplifying RNA editing for treating genetic diseases

February 10, 2022

Simplifying RNA editing for treating genetic diseases

New research led by bioengineers at the University of California San Diego could make it much simpler to repair disease-causing mutations in RNA without compromising precision or efficiency. The new RNA editing technology holds promise as a gene therapy for treating genetic diseases. In a proof of concept, UC San Diego researchers showed that the technology can treat a mouse model of Hurler syndrome, a rare genetic disease, by correcting its disease-causing mutation in RNA. Full Story


Mapping mutation 'hotspots' in cancer reveals new drivers and biomarkers

February 9, 2022

Mapping mutation 'hotspots' in cancer reveals new drivers and biomarkers

UC San Diego researchers have identified a previously unrecognized key player in cancer evolution: clusters of mutations occurring at certain regions of the genome. These mutation clusters contribute to the progression of about 10% of human cancers and can be used to predict patient survival. Full Story


New drug screening method answers why Alzheimer's drugs fail, suggests new targets

January 27, 2022

New drug screening method answers why Alzheimer's drugs fail, suggests new targets

A study led by UC San Diego sheds light on why Alzheimer’s drugs so far have been ineffective at curing or reversing the disease. The researchers identify new targets for drug development and present a new method to screen drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease. Full Story


Introducing the second cohort of Racial Equity Fellows

January 10, 2022

Introducing the second cohort of Racial Equity Fellows

Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students have been selected to serve as Racial Equity Fellows. In this role, they will act as student advocates on the Jacobs School Student and Faculty Racial Equity Task Force, each bringing their demonstrated interest in diversity, equity and inclusion to the Task Force. Full Story


Our 2021 Research Headlines

December 20, 2021

Our 2021 Research Headlines

From research into new ways to detect and preventCOVID-19, to new treatments for heart conditions and technology to combat natural disasters and climate change, it has been a busy year at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Here is a snapshot of research that made headlines this year, thanks to the dedicated work of our faculty, graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and staff   Full Story


Developing Sex-specific Treatments for Heart Disease

December 2, 2021

Developing Sex-specific Treatments for Heart Disease

Heart diseases progress differently in men and women, yet treatments remain strikingly similar. UC San Diego bioengineering professor Brian Aguado aims to change that by studying sex-specific differences in disease, and developing new biomaterial treatments. Full Story


10 Jacobs School faculty among 2021 list of most highly cited researchers in the world

November 30, 2021

10 Jacobs School faculty among 2021 list of most highly cited researchers in the world

Ten professors at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields. The professors, Ludmil Alexandrov, Trey Ideker, Rob Knight, Prashant Mali, Ying Shirley Meng, Shyue Ping Ong, Bernhard O. Palsson, Joseph Wang, Sheng Xu and Liangfang Zhang, are amone 51 professors and researchers at UC San Diego named in the prestigious list of Highly Cited Researchers in 2021. Full Story


Graduate students honored as Siebel Scholars

September 23, 2021

Graduate students honored as Siebel Scholars

Five graduate students working at the interface of engineering and medicine have been honored as 2022 Siebel Scholars. They are pursuing graduate degrees in bioengineering, electrical engineering, nanoengineering, and bioinformatics, all with a focus on advancing human health.    Full Story


Three Jacobs School undergraduate programs ranked in nation's top 10

September 14, 2021

Three Jacobs School undergraduate programs ranked in nation's top 10

Three undergraduate academic programs at the Jacobs School of Engineering were ranked in the top 10 programs for undergraduates in rankings released Sept. 13, 2021 by U.S. News and World Report.    Full Story


UC San Diego researchers make glycomics data AI-ready

September 8, 2021

UC San Diego researchers make glycomics data AI-ready

Researchers at UC San Diego have created a tool that allows glycomics datasets to be analyzed using explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and other machine learning approaches. Full Story


Ultrasound remotely triggers immune cells to attack tumors in mice without toxic side effects

August 12, 2021

Ultrasound remotely triggers immune cells to attack tumors in mice without toxic side effects

A new cancer immunotherapy pairs ultrasound with cancer-killing immune cells to destroy malignant tumors while sparing normal tissue. The approach could make chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy safer and effective at treating solid tumors. Full Story


New tool enables mapping of protein interaction networks at scale

August 3, 2021

New tool enables mapping of protein interaction networks at scale

Bioengineers at UC San Diego have developed a technology capable of revealing the network of interactions among thousands of proteins in a cell, in a single experiment. The tool allows researchers to map the protein-protein interaction network from their cells of interest within several weeks, without any specialized resources such as antibodies or premade gene libraries. Full Story


UC San Diego among six U.S. institutions in new Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

July 21, 2021

UC San Diego among six U.S. institutions in new Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

UC San Diego is one of six universities invited to participate in the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, a scientific collaboration that aims to transform human health on a global scale through the discovery and translation of the biological principles underlying human performance. The UC San Diego arm of the Alliance is led by Andrew McCulloch, a professor in the departments of Bioengineering and Medicine. Full Story


Bio-inspired hydrogel protects the heart from post-op adhesions

June 18, 2021

Bio-inspired hydrogel protects the heart from post-op adhesions

A hydrogel that forms a barrier to keep heart tissue from adhering to surrounding tissue after surgery was developed and successfully tested in rodents by a team of University of California San Diego researchers. The team of engineers, scientists and physicians also conducted a pilot study on porcine hearts, with promising results. They describe their work in the June 18, 2021 issue of Nature Communications.   Full Story


Titans of industry, academia team up to advance engineering in medicine

June 10, 2021

Titans of industry, academia team up to advance engineering in medicine

As the silos that once separated engineering and medicine continue to dissolve, there is a growing need on campus for facilities where engineers, physicians and medical researchers can work in the same physical research ecosystems. Pioneering bioengineer, professor Shu Chien, and his wife K.C., joined forces with Peter Farrell, founder of medical device company ResMed, to support this vision. Full Story


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


A smart ring shows it's possible to detect fever before you feel it

December 14, 2020

A smart ring shows it's possible to detect fever before you feel it

Temperature data collected by wearable devices worn on the finger can be reliably used to detect the onset of fevers, a leading symptom of both COVID-19 and the flu, according to a team of researchers from the University of California San Diego, UC San Francisco and MIT Lincoln Lab.     Full Story


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