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.
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 Bioengineering from California Lutheran University in 2014.
Since July, 2019, Dr. Argueta has been a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Kalpna Gupta in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. His research is focused on targeting mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease.
The UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. Besides funding postdoctoral research, the program will support the salary of the fellow if they are hired as a faculty member in the University of California system. Since 2003, over 100 former fellows have received faculty appointments at UC campuses. For more information on the UCPPF, please visit the program website.