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Winter 2015 Newsletter
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brain imageBioE faculty get BRAINs


Several faculty members have received research grants in the first wave of NIH awards to support President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. 

UCSF Professor of Physiology Loren Frank received a $2.5 million grant to lead a collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Intan Technologies, and SpikeGadgets, to construct brain-recording devices and software that will allow researchers to obtain and analyze signals from more than 1,000 separate channels. 

Pratik Mukherjee, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF, is one of the principal investigators on a UC Berkeley-administered grant to advance the spatial resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with the goal of increasing the detail in brain images more than 30 times over today’s most powerful MRI scanners. 

UC Berkeley’s Richard Kramer, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, leads a team to develop light-triggered chemical compounds that selectively activate or inhibit neurotransmitter receptors on neurons, to precisely control the signals sent between brain cells in behaving animals. 

Berkeley Bioengineering's Steven Conolly is part of team led by Massachusetts General Hospital to develop functional Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) to replace functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which today is the best way to determine the areas of the brain activated during specific tasks.

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UCSF and UC Berkeley top global school rankings

New ratings again place UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco among the top universities in the world. Berkeley ranked fourth overall, and the #1 public university in the world, in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), while UCSF ranked second in clinical medicine and pharmacy and fifth in life sciences. 

In the inaugural U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Global Universities report, UCSF ranked among the top five in seven subject areas, and UC Berkeley was rated the #3 global university and ranked in the top five in ten subject areas.

Abate and Lim receive NIH high-risk,
high-reward grants
 

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Adam Abate of UCSF has received an NIH Director's New Innovator Award for the development of a new microfluidic approach to profiling the immune systems of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

UCSF professor Wendell Lim was awarded a NIH Director's Transformative Research Award to investigate techniques for engineering living immune cells in a predictable and controllable way for use as therapeutic agents against complex diseases, such as cancer.

NSF CAREER for alumna Lee

Congratulations to PhD alumna Somin Eunice Lee, now Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan, recipient of an NSF CAREER award for her research project, “Engineering Plasmonic Nanoantenna Architectures for Efficient Nuclear Delivery.”
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Alumna Yau revises cancer categories

Christina Yau, Ph.D. 2008 and assistant professor of surgery at UCSF, is co-lead author on the largest-ever study of DNA, RNA, and proteins from 12 tumor types using six different genomic technologies to see how different tumor types compare to one another. 

Their results suggest that 1 in 10 cancer patients would be more accurately diagnosed and treated if their tumors were defined by cellular and molecular criteria rather than by the tissue of origin.
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Save the Date!

UCSF's Alumni Weekend will be May 29-30, 2015.
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Keasling and Mathies named to National Academy of Inventors

Jay Keasling and Richard Mathies, UC Berkeley professors and faculty of the graduate program in bioengineering, have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. NAI fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

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