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The UCLA Bioengineering B.S. Degree is ABET Accredited

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The Bachelor of Science program in the Department of Bioengineering has successfully completed its first ever ABET accreditation review!  The ABET accreditation has been conferred beginning with our most recent June 2013 graduates.  For more information on ABET accreditation, please visit


Bioengineering Faculty Chih-Ming Ho elected a distinguished Fellow of the AIMBE



UCLA MAE Professor Chih-Ming Ho has been elected a distinguished Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for his seminal impacts made in the microfluidic system technology for applications in medical diagnosis and biological research. The induction of the Class of 2014 took place on March 24, 2014, at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

AIMBE is the authoritative voice and advocate for the value of medical and biological engineering to society. It is an organization of leaders in medical and biological engineering, consisting of academic, industrial, professional society councils and elected Fellows.


Bioengineering faculty Dr. Warren Grundfest awarded AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award


nullThe Pierre Galletti Award was established in 1999 as the highest AIMBE honor.  It is awarded to those whose contributions to medical and biological engineering promote the national interest in science, engineering, and education.  Dr. Warren Grundfest has demonstrated that minimally invasive technology can improve healthcare delivery while lowering healthcare costs.



Breakthrough therapy allows four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs



Four young men who have been paralyzed for years achieved groundbreaking progress — moving their legs — as a result of epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, which was helped to be developed by Bioengineering affiliate faculty Dr. Edgerton.




Bioengineering faculty's smartphone attachment detects ionic mercury


A new smartphone attachment from Aydogan Ozcan and his colleagues allows researchers to measure mercury ion concentrations in water samples by snapping a picture.  A water sample is added to a salt solution containing gold nanoparticles and aptamers.  If the water contains mercury, the nanoparticles go from emitting red to blue light, which can be captured by the smartphone.


New Bioengineering Faculty: Dr. Stephanie Seidlits



The bioengineering department is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stephanie Seidlits to the BE family.  Dr. Seidlits received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin and received postdoctoral training in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University.  Her research aims to develop clinical therapies for central nervous system disorders, including spinal cord injury and glioma formation, using biomimetic hydrogel materials, gene andprotein delivery and cell replacement as building blocks. 

Bioengineering professor recognized by prestigious Chinese Academy of Engineering

"World-renowned dentist-scientist, Cun-Yu Wang, DDS, PhD, No-Hee Park Endowed Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and a Professor of Bioengineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected as a foreign member to the Chinese Academy of Engineering – one of the most prestigious and exclusive engineering and medical academies in Asia."

"Deformability cytometry" can analyze over 1000 cells per second

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"Deformability cytometry", a diagnostic method developed by the Di Carlo lab, analyzes a cell's compressibility to differentiate cancerous from healthy cells.  The technique could reduce the time and cost and increase the accuracy of current cancer diagnostics.  The initial clinical study was performed on samples of pleural fluid, a natural lubricant found surrounding the lungs.

UCLA Bioengineering top 10 in National Research Council Rankings 


UCLA Bioengineering ranked in the top 10 of all bioengineering doctorate programs across the country based on a recent evaluation by the independent National Research Council (NRC). Both survey-based and regression-based rankings placed UCLA BE in top 10. More details on the rankings can be found at


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