The Institute of Engineering in Medicine

  • Facilitates the integration of engineering principles and novel technologies with biomedical and translational research.
  • Works with departments to create programs in which student scientists can apply engineering and technology to healthcare.
  • Comprises fifteen Centers and over 200 faculty from UCSD’s Schools of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Jacobs School of Engineering.


UC San Diego Alumnus at Helm of Company Behind First At-Home COVID Test 

January 21, 2021

In November 2020, the Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit was the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home to be authorized by the FDA. This accomplishment was led by Erik Engelson, a UC San Diego bioengineering and microbiology alumnus and the CEO of Lucira Health. Read more about Lucira's COVID-19 test and CEO Erik Engelson here.  

COVID-19 Crisis Inspires Undergraduate Ventilator Research Project 

January 4, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, Professor Ryan Kastner's Research Group (KRG) and PhD student Michael Barrow were eager to do their part. With physician Dr. Shanglei Liu, they created a team of 12 undergraduate engineering and computer science students who are developing a mechnical ventilator. 

Awards Announced for the 2021 Accelerating Innovations to Market Cycle 

December 14, 2020

UC San Diego's Accelerating Innovations to Market (AIM) has awarded a total of $206,000 to five researchers this year, including two researchers affiliated with the Institute of Engineering in Medicine's Center for Medical Device Technology (CMDT): the co-director of CMDT, Frank Talke, and CMDT member Edward Chao. Seed funding in support or this research project were provided by the UC San Diego Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) program, a collaborative effort to promote innovation between the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Read more about the award winners here

FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home 

November 18, 2020

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home to be authorized by the FDA. The test kit uses self-collected nasal swab tests to provide quick diagnoses at home. This accomplishment was led by UCSD bioengineer Erik Engelson, the CEO of Lucira Health. Read more in the FDA News article here

ACTRI Seeks Applicants for SUSTAIN Program 

August 25, 2020

The UCSD Altman Clincal and Translational Research Institute is launching a new program called SUSTAIN (Supporting Under-represented Scholars in Translational and Interdisciplinary Networks). This program seeks to increase the rate of successful resubmission of grants for under-represented minority faculty. For more information about SUSTAIN, view program details here or visit the SUSTAIN website here

Robert Tsien invention given approval by US FDA for first in-man study

May 11, 2020

The FDA has given approval for a first-in-man study of ALM-488, a flourescent peptide-dye conjugate to illuminate nerves in real time, in patients undergoing Head and Neck Surgery.   ALM-488 was coinvented by Dr. Quyen Nguyen and the late Roger Tsien, PhD (1952-2016), Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2008, with support from the Institute of Engineering in Medicine.


UC San Diego engineers and doctors team up to retrofit and 3-D print ventilators

March 26, 2020

Even as university campuses close across the nation in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers and physicians at the University of California, San Diego is rapidly developing simple, ready-to-use ventilators to be deployed if the need arises. 

J. Yang Scholarship Program to be established at UC San Diego with $1.5M gift

February 05, 2020

The J. Yang & Family Foundation has pledged a $1,500,000 award to UC San Diego over the next five
years for international student support and exchange, and faculty research and travel with partners from Taiwan. For information on how to apply click here: J. Yang Scholarship Awards Information.

HIVE Postdoctoral Program

November 13, 2019

The HIVE Postdoctoral Fellows Program seeks to inspire and encourage young bioengineers to explore their creativity in addressing the grand challenges of health care in new, innovative and collaborative ways.

Renowned Professor Retires After 31 years at UC San Diego

October 25, 2019

After 31 years at UC San Diego pioneer of Bioengineering Dr. Shu Chien is retiring. To celebrate Dr. Shu Chien’s remarkable accomplishments he was honored on Oct. 3rd and 4th at his lifetime academic achievement celebration.