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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.



Giulia Palermo Wins the 2020 Corwin Hansch Award

Giulia Palermo, an assistant professor of bioengineering at UC Riverside, has won the 2020 Corwin Hansch Award, given by the Hansch-Fujita Foundation each year to a scholar under the age of 40 for significant contributions to the field of computational drug design. Palermo, who leads a computational bioengineering group interested in biophysical studies of gene...

Welcome Professor Iman Noshadi

Dr. Noshadi’s research entails the development of biomaterials for biomedical device fabrication. His doctoral thesis focused on developing poly ionic liquid (PIL) porous materials for the catalytic transformation of biomass to biochemical molecules. During his postdoctoral research, he accumulated in-depth knowledge and experience in tissue engineering and biomaterials to develop vascularized tissue substitutes. He designed...

Dr. Robert McKee is Promoted to Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE)

Congratulations to Dr. Robert McKee for being promoted to Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE). Dr. McKee joined the Deprtment of Bioengineering three years ago as a Lecturer 1. Since then he has helped advance both the quantity and quality of undergraduate instruction in the program. We wish him the very best in his...

Ultrasound mind reading machine could improve assistive robotics

Professor Vasileios Christopoulos is working on less-invasive technology that could eventually improve robotic assistive devices for motor-impaired people by reading their minds— sort of. Read more at
By Holly Ober |

Dr. Anvari to Head Special Biophotonics Section in Frontiers in Photonics

Dr. Bahman Anvari will head the new Biophotonics Section of Frontiers in Photonics as the founding Speciality Chief Editor. Please check out this special section at Congratulations Dr. Anvari.
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

Dr. Freedman's Nanopore Technology Highlighted in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Dr. Freeman's research on using advanced nanopore technology to acquire cell-free DNA is highlighted in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology. For more information please
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

Picosecond electron transfer in peptides can help energy technologies

Picosecond electron transfer in peptides can help energy technologies
By Holly Ober |

Morgan Receives NSF CAREER Award

Professor Joshua Morgan received an NSF CAREER award for his work on mechonaging.

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...

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

Morgan Receives $75,000 Grant to Study Tumor Growth Signaling Networks

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By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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,”...

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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |

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...

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...