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NASA Astronaut Candidates 2021

Former Bioengineering Instructor Christine Burch Selected as One of Ten NASA Astronaut Candidates

Former Bioengineering Instructor Dr. Christine Burch has been selected as one of ten 2021 NASA Astronaut Candidates. Christine lectured for UCR during the 2015 -2016 academic year and was a dynamo. At the undergraduate level, Christine taught lower level undergraduate design, biomedical optical imaging, biotechnology and biomolecular bioengineering and quantitative physiology. She also team-taught senior...
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Giulia Palermo in Server room

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...
Dr. Iman Noshadi

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...
Robert McKee

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...
Vasileios Christopoulos

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.
By Holly Ober |
Dr Anvari

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. 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 click here.
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 |
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,”...
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...
By V. G. J. Rodgers |
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...

External News

Middle school girls watch a robot they made at a UC Riverside summer robotics camp

Underrepresented students will participate in carefully designed summer research and educational activities at UC Riverside

UC Riverside program for high school students aims to diversify STEM workforce
Underrepresented students will participate in carefully designed summer research and educational activities at UC Riverside
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The honor is considered one of the highlights of a recipient’s career

Four UC Riverside professors named AAAS Fellows
The honor is considered one of the highlights of a recipient’s career
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Infants and young children with motor delays may soon be able to wear robotic helpers

Robotic assistive device will lend a helping hand to infants with movement difficulties
Infants and young children with motor delays may soon be able to wear robotic helpers
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A rainbow falls across a person's eye

The adhesive would replace stitches and conventional adhesive to speed healing and reduce complications and cost

Biocompatible glue for corneal repair is a sight for sore eyes
The adhesive would replace stitches and conventional adhesive to speed healing and reduce complications and cost
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Artwork by Gloria Dimitrios

How Toni Morrison helped an economics professor turn grief into art

Still life in shades of gray
How Toni Morrison helped an economics professor turn grief into art
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The number shatters UCR’s record for CAREER Awards set only last year

Fourteen UC Riverside professors receive NSF CAREER Awards
The number shatters UCR’s record for CAREER Awards set only last year
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A soft robotic hand grips an orange with the UCR logo

“Airhead” robot uses pneumatic RAM to play piano

Air-powered computer memory helps soft robot control movements
“Airhead” robot uses pneumatic RAM to play piano
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Two happy elderly women

UC Riverside scientists will use a $2 million NIH grant to study the brain’s locus coeruleus

Study of perception and memory in older adults will improve understanding of dementias
UC Riverside scientists will use a $2 million NIH grant to study the brain’s locus coeruleus
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chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment

Repeated tests showed a similar amount of drug release per activation, confirming robust control of release rate

Implantable piezoelectric polymer improves controlled release of drugs
Repeated tests showed a similar amount of drug release per activation, confirming robust control of release rate
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Hydrogen bonds reshape peptides to move electrons a million times faster than previously known

Picosecond electron transfer in peptides can help energy technologies
Hydrogen bonds reshape peptides to move electrons a million times faster than previously known
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