University of California, Riverside

Department of Bioengineering




IGERT is the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. Collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and requires teamwork provides students with the tools to become leaders in the science and engineering of the future. Diversity among the students contributes to their preparation to solve large and complex research problems of significant scientific and societal importance at the national and international level. IGERT students obtain the personal and professional skills to succeed in the careers of the 21st century. Since 1998 the IGERT program has made 215 awards to over 100 lead universities in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. IGERT has provided funding for nearly 5,000 graduate students nationwide. More information about IGERT can be found at

NSF IGERT in Video Bioinformatics Overview

The Vision of the Video Bioinformatics IGERT is to integrate expertise from the life sciences, computer science, electrical engineering, and bioengineering to enable breakthrough capabilities in understanding biological processes that are by nature continuous and dynamic. Dr. Bhanu defines Video Bioinformatics as The automated processing, analysis, understanding, data mining, visualization, query-based retrieval/storage of biological spatiotemporal events/data and knowledge extracted from videos obtained with spatial resolution varying from nanometer to meter of scale and temporal resolution varying from seconds to days and months. Life sciences students will gain an understanding of the engineering principles involved in imaging, video processing, analysis, data mining, and databases. Engineering students will learn biological imaging techniques, design of experiments and modeling of phenomena, and they will gain a finer appreciation for the biological community’s needs. These Ph.D. students will be pioneers with cross-disciplinary capability needed to solve societal problems in the 21st century.

To learn more about the Video Bioinformatics Program please visit:

Bioengineering IGERT Fellowship Students

IGERT Fellow Starting in the Fall 2015 Quarter
  • Adam Witmer - Bioengineering
IGERT Fellows Starting in the Fall 2014 Quarter
  • Reed Harrison - Bioengineering
IGERT Fellows Starting in the Fall 2013 Quarter
  • Carissa Rodriguez - Bioengineering
IGERT Fellows Starting in the Fall 2012 Quarter
  • Melissa Eberle - Bioengineering
  • Atena Zahedi - Bioengineering
IGERT Fellows Starting in the Fall 2011 Quarter
  • Jillian Larsen - Bioengineering
  • Michael Oliveira - Bioengineering
IGERT Fellows Starting in the Fall 2010 Quarter
  • Erica Freeman - Bioengineering
  • Douglas Hill - Bioengineering
  • Devin McBride - Bioengineering

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Bioengineering
205 Materials Science & Engineering

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tel: (951) 827-4303
Fax: (951) 827-6416

Potential Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate Admissions

Potential Graduate Students:
Professor Victor G. J. Rodgers

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