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Biomolecular Engineering

The Biomolecular Engineering (BME) Department within the Baskin School of Engineering features an interdisciplinary blend of engineering, biology, chemistry, and statistics designed to foster collaboration with other departments. This blend reflects our vision of the direction that biomedical discovery will take over the next two decades.

Members of the Biomolecular Engineering Department collaborate actively with faculty from other engineering departments and with the Physical and Biological Sciences departments of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryMicrobiology and Environmental ToxicologyEcology and Evolutionary Biology, and Ocean Sciences.

Saving lives with cell research

person conducting cancer research

UC Santa Cruz researchers have discovered a key genetic mutation that occurs early on in cancer and causes the release of previously unknown RNA biomarkers. The protein is released in the early stages of cancer when tumors are most curable. A blood test that can diagnose any type of cancer years before symptoms appear could be on the horizon.

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