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We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism

The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country. 
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
•    We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia. 
•    We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community. 
•    We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face. 
•    We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff. 
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.

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Upcoming and Recent Events

Graduate Visit Day
Potential Graduate Students Virtual Visit Day 4-3-2020
April 03, 2020 @ 8:00 am
Zoom
Please click here to see the recording of the Potential Graduate Students Virtual Visit Day held on Friday April 3, 2020.
Nathan Lewis
Colloquium Speaker: Nathan Lewis, PhD, Dept. of Bioengineering and Pediatrics, UCSD
February 26, 2020 @ 11:00 am
205/206 WCH
Title: Coaxing better therapeutic production through mammalian systems and synthetic biology Abstract: Over the past years, there has surge in complex therapeutics, including recombinant protein, gene, and cell therapies. However, the manufacturing of these therapeutics necessitates the engineering of complex traits into…
Michael Miller
Distinguished Speaker: Michael Miller, PhD Johns Hopkins University
February 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am
205/206 WCH
Title: The Neuroimaging Face of Pre-Clinical Alzheimer’s Disease Abstract:  I will discuss results from our study of pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease as part of the BIOCARD project. We will examine the central technologies of Computational Anatomy based on diffeomorphometry for quantifying the anatomical structures of 3T clinical…
Morikis Symposium
The Professor Dimitrios Morikis Memorial Symposium
February 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am
The University of California, Riverside Alumni & Visitor Center 3637 Canyon Crest Drive Bannockburn Suite H-108 Riverside, CA 92507
The Professor Dimitrios Morikis Memorial Symposium is a tribute to the work and accomplishments of Professor Dimitrios Morikis. Professor Morikis was a founding faculty member of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside and his scientific energy was vital in shaping the program into what it is…

News

Bioengineering Senior Earns Tau Beta Pi Award
The Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi has announced 4th year bioengineering student Kimberly Bennett is among the 2020 recipients of the Tau Beta Pi Award. Bennett will serve as president of 2020-21 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society at UC Riverside and will become the fourth student to earn the award since the chapter formed in 2005. The $2,000 scholarships are competitive and awarded nationwide. Each year, the organization selects students based on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession
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Donovan Argueta, BIG Graduate, Selected as University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow
The Department of Bioengineering is proud to announce that Donovan A. Argueta, graduate of the Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate (BIG) Ph.D. program, has been selected as a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Argueta completed his Ph.D. in 2019 under the direction of Dr. Nicholas V. DiPatrizio in the Division of Biomedical Science in the School of Medicine. His Ph.D. research was focused on understanding the peripheral endocannabinoid's control feeding in diet-induced obesity. He previously received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 2018. He obtained a B.S. in
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Anvari receives NSF grant to develop imaging methods for early detection of ovarian tumors
UCR Bioengineering Professor Bahman Anvari and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Medicine Professor Vikas Kundra received a $300,000 grant from the NSF to investigate the transformative potential of dual imaging modality using magnetic resonance (MR) and fluorescence for early detection, staging, and guided-resection of ovarian tumor implants. The dual imaging modality method used is based on an innovative liposomal nanoparticle system that contains gadolinium (Gd), and a new brominated cyanine dye (BrCy106) as the respective MR and optical contrast agents. The goal of
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Chartron Teams Up with London Collaborator to Develop Grown Engineered Materials (GEM)
Assistant Professor Justin Chartron has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new approach to sustainable biomanufacturing. The $350,000 award will fund a three-year project in collaboration with Dr. Tom Ellis, Professor of Synthetic Genome Engineering at Imperial College London. The UK team will be funded by a parallel £441,000 award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Together, Dr. Chartron and Dr. Ellis will create Grown Engineered Materials (GEMs). Inspired by natural composite materials, like wood, GEMs will be produced by living
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Peters Receives Two Prestigious Awards Totaling $550,000
Professor Megan Peters was named a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in the Azrieli Program for Brain, Mind, & Consciousness. This award includes a $100,000 CAD award for research and a 2-year period of participation in the program. More info on CIFAR can be found here. Dr. Peters also received the Air Force Office of Research Young Investigator Program. The specific program is the Cognitive and Computational Neurosciences program under PO Hal Greenwald. The title of her project is "Neural Computations and Information Flow Underlying Uncertainty Evaluation”. This program comes with financial
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NSF Awards Palermo $150,000 to Study DNA Cleavage in CRISPR-Cas9
Professor Giulia Palermo has been awarded a 3-year $150,000 NSF grant to mechanistically investigate DNA cleavage and specificity in CRISPR-Cas9. The award is through Chemistry of Life Processes Program in the Chemistry Division of NSF. (From the NSF award summary page) With this award, the Chemistry of Life Processes Program in the Chemistry Division is funding Dr. Giulia Palermo from the University of California, Riverside, to investigate the molecular basis of DNA cleavage and specificity in the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)-Cas9 system through
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US Patent Awarded for Osmotic Transport Device
Professors Rodgers, Park and Binder (in the School of Medicine) and associates are inventors for US Patent No. 10420918 B2 dated September 24, 2019 for a membrane osmotic transport device (OTD). The OTD can gently remove fluid due to swelling of exposed tissue of the brain or other areas of the nervous system that resulted from traumatic injury. The patent entitled "Compositions and methods for reducing traumatic edema of the central nervous system" has the potential to reduce edema for patients with some of the most severe injuries that require craniectomy. The researchers hope the device
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Morgan Receives $75,000 Grant to Study Tumor Growth Signaling Networks
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Hyle Park
Dr. Park and Dr. McKee on Bioengineering Capstone Projects
The Department of Bioengineering's Hyle Park and Robert McKee recently contributed to a piece by VentureWell on what makes a successful undergraduate Capstone Project. “We have alumni who come back to our program and say ‘this was the most valuable and enjoyable course I ever took – it’s had a huge impact on my career,” says UC Riverside’s Park. “We want to make sure we keep delivering that experience for students by constantly improving and evolving as the field itself changes.” Read the rest of the article here.
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Atena Zahedi
BIG graduate awarded UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Department of Bioengineering is proud to announce that Atena Zahedi, a graduate of the BIG Ph.D. program, has been selected as a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Zahedi will perform her research at UC Irvine with Professor Aileen Anderson. Dr. Zahedi completed her Ph.D. in 2018. Her thesis work was advised by Dr. Prue Talbot, Professor of Cell Biology and a BIG cooperating faculty member. While at UCR, Dr. Zahedi was an NSF IGERT fellow. The UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D
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Dr. Anvari
Dr. Anvari elected to the Board of Directors of ASLMS
Dr. Bahman Anvari, Professor of Bioengineering, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (ASLMS). Dr. Anvari will serve as a representative for Basic Science. The ASLMS, established in 1981, encourages scientists and physicians to develop the methods and equipment needed to bring laser technologies to patient care. Dr. Anvari's term at ASLMS will begin at the upcoming meeting in March 2019. He will be also be awarded the society's Caroline and William Mark Memorial Award.
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Professor Warren Grundfest
UCR Bioengineering Remembers Dr. Grundfest
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of one of bioengineering’s greatest individuals, Professor Warren Grundfest. We are sure you are acquainted with Professor Grundfest’s many accolades that he received throughout his lifetime that were in recognition of his creative technical contributions to bioengineering. But it was his selfless devotion to helping propel bioengineering forward that truly helps define who Professor Warren Grundfest is. In particular, his contributions to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Riverside are equally as significant, for which, we
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Did You Know?

3.8:1
GRADUATE STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO
18
Core Faculty
50
BIG Faculty
11
FELLOWS OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
10
Affiliated Centers
30%
INCREASE IN RESEARCH EXPENDITURES FROM 15/16 TO 16/17