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2023 Engineers Week


Health Engineering

2023 Engineers Week

Deamers holds a minion device

UCSC’s David Deamer and Mark Akeson honored for invention of nanopore sequencing


 This revolutionary technology has transformed the field of genomics and DNA/RNA analysis, enabling new discoveries with profound societal impacts.


Cloud technologies bring organoids into undergraduate classrooms for the first time


For the first time, remote education tools have allowed undergraduate students to gain direct experience experimenting with cortical organoids grown at UC Santa Cruz.

colorful illustration of face

Human pangenome reference will enable more complete and equitable understanding of genomic diversity


A new, usable reference for genomics that combines the genetic information of 47 individuals from different ancestral backgrounds to allow for a deeper, more accurate understanding of worldwide genomic diversity. 

Rebecca DuBois, professor of biomolecular engineering

Prestigious $3.8M NIH grant awarded to biomolecular engineering professor to develop an RSV vaccine

UC Santa Cruz

Associate Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Rebecca DuBois will use the five-year grant to develop a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, a common and potentially dangerous virus.

UCSB Professor Beth Pruitt in the lab with Ph.D. student Orlando Chirikian.

Deep dive into heart-cell dynamics

UC Santa Barbara

Professor Beth Pruitt’s lab specializes in designing and making micro-devices used to measure—with high precision—how cells, and especially those in human heart tissue, respond to changes in their environment. (PDF)

blood samples

Study finds medical procedure that rejuvenates old human blood

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley researchers discovered that old blood can be returned to a youthful state via a rapid and dramatic dilution of old plasma.

UCM Bioengineering Professor Changqing Li, standing third from right, and his student research team. Photo by Veronica Adrover.

Bioengineers work on new technology to look deep inside living tissue and tumors

UC Merced

Bioengineering Professor Changqing Li is building a high-resolution CT imaging scanner that will allow scientists to study and understand how oxygen plays a role in cancer therapy and stem cells growing in deep tissue such as bone marrow.

Mutant KRAS's affects on a cell's RNA landscape.

Hallmark cancer gene regulates RNA ‘dark matter’

UC Santa Cruz

Novel findings by Associate Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Daniel Kim and lab are a promising step in the development of new tests for cancer early detection.

Rahim Esfandyar-Pour, UCI assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biomedical engineering.

UCI researchers invent a health monitoring wearable that operates without a battery

UC Irvine

A new self-powered, wristwatch-style health monitor invented by researchers at the UC Irvine can keep track of a wearer’s pulse and wirelessly communicate with a nearby smartphone or tablet – without needing an external power source or a battery.

Concept image of proposed low-cost, robotic “clothing” device to help children with cerebral palsy gain control over their arm movements.

Robot sleeves for kids with cerebral palsy

UC Riverside

UC Riverside engineers are developing low-cost, robotic “clothing” to help children with cerebral palsy gain control over their arm movements.

UC Merced Bioengineering Professor Eva de Alba Bastarrechea, right, and postdoctoral scholar Meenakshi Sharma are testing a new tool to understand inflammation's triggers.

New bioengineering study aims to understand the mechanisms of inflammation

UC Merced

Bioengineering Professor Eva de Alba Bastarrechea, postdoctoral scholar Meenakshi Sharma, and graduate students are researching how to control and inhibit inflammasomes, the multiprotein complexes that spark the body’s inflammatory response.

UC Davis biomedical engineers have created semi-living “cyborg cells” that have many of the capabilities of living cells but are unable to divide and grow. The cells could have applications in medicine and environmental cleanup. Illustration by Cheemeng Tan, UC Davis.

Cyborg cells could be tools for health and environment

UC Davis

Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have created semi-living “cyborg cells,” which could have a wide range of applications, from producing therapeutic drugs to cleaning up pollution.

Jay Majmudar, a research and development engineer in Ashok Gadgil’s lab at UC Berkeley, collects a water sample while the Rev. Dennis Hutson observes. (UC Berkeley photo by Adam Lau)

Bringing arsenic-safe drinking water to rural California

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley engineers are field testing a simple and low-cost new arsenic treatment system that is designed to help small, rural communities access arsenic-safe drinking water.

David Brockman, a retired firefighter and hand amputee, shows off his new myoelectric prosthetic device. UC Davis surgeons performed targeted muscle reinnervation surgery and used smart prosthetics to provide better muscle control, improved sensory feedback and less limb pain for amputees. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Making prosthetics more lifelike

UC Davis

A team of engineers, scientists, and surgeons at UC Davis are working together to make life easier for amputees through a combination of surgery, advanced machine learning, and smart prosthetics.

UV lights

The pathway to UV lights that can destroy viruses

UC Santa Barbara

UV lights—those emitting in the very short, ultraviolet, wavelengths—provide promising solutions for disinfection of shared surfaces and spaces to prevent the COVID-19 virus. (PDF)

UCLA-developed handheld diagnostic lab kit capable of fully automated multiplexed and pooled testing.

Handheld diagnostic lab offers point-of-care solution for future pandemics


UCLA researchers have developed a technology that could significantly increase the speed and volume of disease testing, while reducing the costs and usage of scarce supplies.

Tibor Juhasz, UCI professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering, won a 2022 Golden Goose Award for helping to develop a now widely used LASIK surgery device. Steve Zylius / UCI

Grabbing the golden goose

UC Irvine

Tibor Juhasz, a UCI professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering, won a 2022 Golden Goose Award for helping to develop a now widely used LASIK surgery device.

Researchers at UC San Diego studied the UV light-emitting devices used to cure gel manicures, and found that the chronic use of these nail polish drying machines is damaging to human cells. Photos by David Baillot/ UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

In cells, UV-emitting nail polish dryers damage DNA and cause mutations

UC San Diego

Researchers at UC San Diego found that chronic use of ultraviolet (UV) nail polish drying devices leads to cell death and cancer-causing mutations in human cells.

​Higher strains caused by artificial ventilators (left) and less stretch when the same lung is made to breathe naturally. (Mona Eskandari/UCR)

The unintended consequences of using a ventilator

UC Riverside

A recent study by a group of UC Riverside researchers details the major differences between how we naturally breathe versus how ventilators make us breathe. These results are critical, particularly in context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rush to build ventilators.

A 4×5-inch film made of 10 layers of processable, high-performance dielectric elastomers (PHDE) stacked together with 20 actuators. Courtesy of Qibing Pei/UCLA

UCLA scientists develop durable material for flexible artificial muscles


UCLA materials scientists and colleagues at the nonprofit scientific research institute SRI International have developed a new material and manufacturing process for creating artificial muscles that are stronger and more flexible than their biological counterparts.