18th Annual UC System-Wide Bioengineering Symposium

Translating Discovery into Health Technologies

Wednesday, June 28 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION is now open, submit your abstract here.
REGISTRATION is now open, register for the symposium here.


  • Abstract deadline:  Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • Early bird registration and Lodging deadline: Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • Late registration with Lodging deadline:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Late without Lodging deadline: Thursday, June 8, 2017

The 2017 18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is hosted by the Bioengineering Institute of California, which is composed of all ten UC campuses and their bioengineering programs, and will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles. The theme of this year's event is "Translating Discovery into Health Technologies".

This sympsium aims to bring together bioengineering faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the ten UC campuses, to exchange research findings, establish collaborations, and accelerate the development of biomedical technologies, to improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease and to enhance human health. Moreover, this conference specifically focuses on providing a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their work in a nurturing environment.


The UC campuses are a rich environment for bioengineering research, and due to the breadth and depth of the cutting-edge research taking place across the ten UC campuses, this symposium will cover a variety of areas and will include the following tracks:

  • Stem cell, biomaterials, and regenerative medicine
  • Drug delivery and immunoengineering
  • Biomedical devices and global health
  • Imaging
  • Systems biology, computational biology, and bioinformatics
  • Synthetic biology and genetic engineering.

Plenary Speakers

  • Owen Witte, M.D.
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Director, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research
    Professor, Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

  • Darrell Irvine, Ph.D.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
    Professor, Department of Biological Engineering

  • Milan Yager
    Executive Director, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

  • Linda Narhi, Ph.D.
    Scientific Executive Director, Process Development, Amgen Inc.

Senior Design
Undergraduate Senior Capstone Design teams within the UC system will have a chance to win prize money. The teams must first submit an elevator pitch video (no longer than 2 minutes) via email to ucsymposium@hsseas.ucla.edu by April 13, 2017. Finalists will be selected based on the videos for the Undergraduate Senior Capstone Design Competition to be held on June 30, 2017 (the final day of the meeting).

This Symposium is the 18th of a series that started in 2000 by the collective action of the bioengineering programs of all UC campuses. Starting in 2000 at UC Davis with 100 participants, the Symposia have rotated through UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UCSD, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, UCSF, UC Riverside, and the newest campus UC Merced in 2009. The second cycle started again in UC Davis in 2010 following the same sequence, with the attendees growing to nearly 400 in UC Berkeley in 2012. Faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and students look forward to attending the Symposium, where they enjoy intellectual exchange, as well as networking with colleagues from other campuses, and guest participants from industry, government, and other institutions. The motto of the Symposium is ‘‘Ten campuses united as one, learning and growing together’’. The Symposia has led to fruitful research collaborations and long-lasting student interactions and learning. There is no other multi-campus symposium in a university system with comparable extent of participation or degrees of continuity and growth.

The 18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is also committed to having excellent, diverse, and inclusive students, academic researchers, and faculty attend this symposium. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. We will make a concerted effort to achieve an appropriate representation of women, racial/ethnic minorities, nationalities, and persons with disabilities.

See the full event website here.

UCLA Bioengineering
Bioengineering Institute of California (BIC)