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Shaochen Chen Has Been Awarded a NSP BRITE Fellow Grant

March 31, 2022

Shaochen Chen, co-director of Biometerials and Tissue Engineering Center at UCSD IEM, has been awarded a NSP BRITE Fellow Grant. Read more here

Michael Berns Wins the 2022 SPIE Gold Medal  

January 11, 2021

Michael Berns, co-director of the Biophotonics Technology Center at UCSD IEM, has won the prestigious SPIE Gold Medal. Read more here.  

UC San Diego Leads a $12.25 Million Grant to Improve Epilepsy Treatment  

September 9, 2021        

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $12.25 million grant to the University of California San Diego to develop and enhance brain-sensing and brain-stimulating platform technologies to enable treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. The project is led by UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Shadi Dayeh. Read more here.  

UC San Diego Researchers Develop the First Steerable Catheter for Brain Surgery  

August 23, 2021        

A team of UC San Diego engineers and physicians has developed a catheter that for the first time will give neurosurgeons the ability to steer the device in any direction they want while navigating the brain's blood vessels. Read more here.  

UC San Diego Announces Participation in New Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance  

July 21, 2021        

UC San Diego is one of six universities invited to participate in the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, an initiative to research the biological principles underlying human performance. IEM Director Dr. Andrew McCulloch is leading the UC San Diego Alliance team. Read more here.     

Titans of Industry, Academia Team Up to Advance Engineering in Medicine  

June 10, 2021        

Renowned UCSD Bioengineer and IEM founder Shu Chien and Academy of Engineering member and ResMed founder Peter Farrell will be recognized through a named research collaboratory in Franklin Antonio Hall. Read the article from the UC San Diego News Center here.                


FDA Authorizes PCR Quality, Over-the-Counter COVID-19 At-Home Test  

April 12, 2021        

The FDA has authorized the LUCIRA CHECK IT™ COVID-19 At-Home Test, the first single-use, PCR quality over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 test. Its development was led by LUCIRA CEO Erik Engelson, PhD, a UCSD Bioengineering alumnus. Read the article here

Cardiac Arrhythmia Modeling Minisymposium

February 17, 2021 

IEM hosted an online Minisymposium on "Cardiac Arrythmia Modeling" that fostered new research collaborations. Gordon Ho, MD, discussed current clinical methods used to model arrythmias. Nele Vandersickel, PhD, presented her research on cardiac modeling with the network theory. Read the article here

Two Health Sensors Unite in One Powerful Gadget

February 17, 2021 

A team at the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors, which includes IEM member Sheng Xu and IEM CMSA director Joseph Wang, has created a stretchy skin patch that is the first wearable device to track heart signals and biochemical levels at the same time. Read the article here

Racial Inequity in Grant Funding from the NIH

February 3, 2021 

Grant applications submitted by African-American or Black scientists are less likely to be funded than applications submitted by white PIs, and efforts to narrow this funding gap have not been successful. Read the article here

The NIH Racial Funding Disparity Prevents Black Scientists' Success

February 1, 2021 

A nationwide network of Biomedical Engineering women faculty published a Cell article shedding light on the NIH's racial funding disparity and suggesting solutions to this problem. Read the article here

$1.2 Million Grant Funds a New Generation of Healthcare Telemanipulation Robots

February 1, 2021 

A multi-campus research group led by Dr. Laurel Riek of UC San Diego has been given the UC MRPI award. The award will fund their work developing advanced telehealth robots to protect healthcare workers and help isolated people connect with their communities. Read more here

Bioengineering Diversity Council Winter Town Hall: Women in STEM

January 29, 2021 

The UCSD Bioengineering Diversity Council held a town hall to discuss issues of gender parity in the STEM field. Six female panelists in different stages of their scientific careers shared their experiences, thoughts, and advice. Read more here

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

Roger 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 fluorescent peptide-dye conjugate to illuminate nerves in real time, in patients undergoing Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Ryan Orosco, together with collaborators at Stanford and Harvard will lead a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to test ALM-488 at the University California San Diego (UCSD) beginning Q2 2020. 

The technological underpinnings for ALM-488 was co-invented by the late Roger Tsien, PhD (1952-2016), Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2008, Dr. Quyen Nguyen, Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery with support from the Institute of Engineering in Medicine.  Alume Biosciences, a biotechnology company founded by Dr. Nguyen in 2017, has licensed this technology from UCSD for clinical development.  ALM-488 is expected to have broad surgical application due to unique characteristics of binding that are independent of myelin. This allows ALM-488 to highlight multiple types of nerves including motor, sensory, autonomic and degenerated nerves important during reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Valdez-Jasso Was Awarded 2020 Faculty Recipient of the Inclusive Excellence Award

February 28, 2020

Daniela Valdez-Jasso, a professor of bioengineering, was the 2020 faculty recipient of the Inclusive Excellence Award. The 25th annual UC San Diego Inclusive Excellence Awards recognizes faculty, staff, students, departments and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego’s commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity. To read more about Dr. Valdez-Jasso  click here. To watch the video presented at the 25th Annual Inclusive Excellence Awards  click here.

MedTech Accelerator Application Deadline Tuesday, March 03

February 28, 2020

IGE is launching a MedTech Accelerator geared to ACCELERATE your product to market no matter where you are in the development cycle. If you want to learn more about MedTech and this program  click here . If interested in applying directly  click here


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 .

May 22, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Shu Chien for being one of three recipients of the Seventh Annual Excellence in Stewardship Award winners. For more information on past recipients please visit the Excellence in Stewardship Awards website: 



Registration for the 20th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is Open!

February 22, 2019

Register now for the 2019 Bioengineering Symposium hosted by UC Merced. The Symposium offers students, scientists, and industry partners an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research and form intercampus and industry partnerships. It will take place from Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29, 2019.


GEM Challenge 2019: Applications Now Open 

February 22, 2019

Applications are now available for the sixth round of the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Challenge, designed to identify clinical challenges for which engineering solutions can be developed and implemented. Awards are in the range of $60,000 and the deadline for submission is Monday, April 8, 2019.


3D printed implants promote nerve cell growth to treat spinal cord injury

January 15, 2019

Shaochen Chen, professor of nanoengineering and faculty member of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine, lead a team of engineers and neuroscientists in developing 3D printed implants that could one day help restore neural connections and lost motor function in patients with spinal cord injuries. This new work takes us one step closer to the goal of full restoration of physical function after a spinal cord injury. 


The IEM Tenth Anniversary Symposium a Success!

December 13, 2018

On November 1, over 200 Institute members & guests gathered at Atkinson Hall for a daylong celebration of IEM's accomplishments. Click the link above for an overview of the day's highlights. Thanks to those who attended & made it all possible.


Bioengineers awarded $14M from NIH to build digital maps of the brain, other organs at single-cell level

November 2, 2018

Kun Zhang, professor of bioengineering at UC San Diego, receives $14 million in grants from NIH to build 3D digital, single-cell maps of the human brain and other organs.  The work aims to provide a deeper understanding of the functions and malfunctions of organs in the human body at the level of individual cells.


Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria

October 25, 2018

Researchers at UC San Diego from Bernhard Palsson's lab have  developed an approach that uses machine learning to identify and predict which genes make infectious bacteria resistant to antibiotics.


Wearable Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure Deep Inside Body

October 11, 2018

Sheng Xu, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego, has developed a new ultrasound patch that is able to monitor central blood pressure non-invasively. This is a major breakthrough in the advancing field of wearable technology, and has the potential to be useful in a multitude inpatient procedures.


Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Siebel Scholars

September 19, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Siebel Scholars for Bioengineering! Congratulations to Ashley Kroll, Colton Lloyd, Rachel Marty Pyke, Kimberly McCabe, and Alexander Williams, who now join over 1,300 of the world's brightest distinguished scholars, researchers, and entrepreneurs.


Liangfang Zhang's Lab Invents Microscopic Sponge to Combat Arthritis

September 4, 2018

Liangfang Zhang, a UC San Diego nanoengineering professor, has developed neutrophil 'nanosponges' that are capable of safely absorbing and neutralizing a variety of proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis. This work is one of the latest examples of therapeutic nanosponges developed by Zhang’s lab. 


Biosensor Chip Detects Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Wirelessly and With Higher Sensitivity

July 9, 2018

A team led by UC San Diego has successfully developed a chip 1,000 times more sensitive at detective a genetive mutation known as SNP than any current available technology.


We Need to Do Better: The Search for Opioid Alternatives

July 3, 2018

Dr. Krishnan V. Chakravarthy, a pain management specialist at UC San Diego Health and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, is researching new alternatives for pain management in the face of the alarming growth of opioid abuse in the United States.


Professor Joseph Wang Awarded Honorary Doctorate

June 19, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Joseph Wang, Director of the Center of Excellence for Nano-Medicine and Engineering (CNME), who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Comenius University in Bratislava for his innovative work in nanobioelectrics and his history of collaborating with the university.


Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

January 15, 2018

A research team which included the laboratories of Wang and Shu Chien has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells.


SEM Sperm Atlas Project

January 5, 2018

The Sperm Atlas is a database of images showcasing the diversity of reproductive cells in the Animal Kingdom. Just published, this website was a collaboration between IEM, the UCSD Department of Bioengineering, the San Diego Zoo Beckman for Conservation Research, and Dr. Michael Berns at the Beckman Laser Institute, University of California Irvine.


Macrophage Nanosponges Could Keep Sepsis in Check

January 4, 2018

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed macrophage “nanosponges” that can safely absorb and remove molecules from the bloodstream that are known to trigger sepsis.


Experimental Drug Blocks Toxic Ion Flow Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

December 5, 2017

An international team of researchers has shown that a new small-molecule drug can restore brain function and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug works by stopping toxic ion flow in the brain that is known to trigger nerve cell death. Scientists envision that this drug could be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and ALS.

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Type 1 Diabetes Symposium: Combining Medicine and Engineering

January 19, 2017

UC San Diego Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC) and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) hosted a full day symposium entitled "Type 1 Diabetes: New Technologies and Therapeutics". The meeting convened experts with engineering perspectives on diabetes therapy, alongside experts pursuing biological research and treatment approaches.

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