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​Welcome to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley where we pursue research and educational programs that open new areas of scientific inquiry, drive transformational technologies, and foster a community that trains and motivates the next generation of bioengineers.​


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Keep up with the Summer Biodesign Immersion Experience online!

This year's cohort is pioneering a fully online experience and documenting their journey on 中. Our NIH-sponsored summer program focuses on the first two stages of the design process: needs finding and needs screening.

Ready for Fall 2020?

We know it's been very confusing. Please be patient while we try to hit this moving target. Consult the campus Fall 2020 site for the most up-to-date information on instruction and campus.

Recent news from Berkeley Bioengineering

Vlassakis receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund award

Congratulations to recent BioE PhD Julea Vlassakis, now a postdoctoral scholar in Amy Herr’s lab, one of eight US scholars receiving a 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. Scholars receive $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service.

Welcome Professor Delcassian!

The Department of Bioengineering is excited to announce that Dr. Derfogail Delcassian will be joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor in January 2021.  Delcassian received her Ph.D. in the Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London, where she performed research under the mentorship of Dr. Iain Dunlop and Professor Molly Stevens.

How is the coronavirus spreading around the Bay Area?

How is the coronavirus spreading around the Bay Area?

Professor Liana Lareau is using genome sequencing to study how COVID-19 is spreading around the Bay Area.

I’m a Bioengineer

Shilpi Mathrani

Shilpi Mathrani

Business Associate Consultant, ZS Associates
BS, Bioengineering, 2014; MEng Bioengineering, 2015

I am a strategy consultant in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

“My drive for striving to find solutions to complex problems and to help others keeps me motivated and helps me be successful in my role…The thing that keeps me enthusiastic about my job is the feeling of helping others in a useful way.”

Brian McRae

Brian McRae

Software Engineer, Genentech
BS Bioengineering, 2012; MS Bioengineering/ Translational Medicine, 2013

Our team builds exciting web applications that visualize drug manufacturing data and enable faster and more informed decisions. We work with various manufacturing groups such as Operations and Validation to understand their problems and collaborate to design new software solutions.

“With a background in bioengineering, I can make better design choices because I can understand what is happening in the manufacturing plant and what the code ultimately needs to accomplish.”

UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering