The UCLA Bioengineering B.S. Degree is ABET Accredited
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 http://abet.org/vision-mission/
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
Bioengineering professor recognized by prestigious Chinese Academy of Engineering
"Deformability cytometry" can analyze over 1000 cells per second
Amgen Scholars: Discover Your Potential
The Amgen Scholars Program allows talented undergraduates with science and engineering backgrounds an opportunity to conduct hands-on research under world-class academic researchers at one of 13 participating institutions in the U.S. and Europe. The program, since its launch in 2006 by the Amgen Foundation, has provided professional development and countless networking opportunities to scholars. Not only do participants take part in intensive laboratory research, students are invited to weekly seminars of guest faculty speakers, and can also attend workshops to develop graduate school applications and interview skills. Scholars work with writing instructors to produce a top quality research paper at the conclusion of the program, and give two poster presentations at special research symposia. Over 1,800 undergraduates to date have undergone the transformative 8 to 10 week research experience. From summer 2013, 24 Amgen scholars were selected to participate in the Scholars Program; half were UCLA students, and the other half represented a dozen out-of-state universities. Of the 4,221 students who applied for any of the 13 participating institutions for summer 2013, only 332 (~8%) of students were accepted. Among the accepted for the UCLA campus were bioengineers Andrew Berg and Stephanie Wang.
New Bioengineering Joint Appointments
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 http://www.nap.edu/rdp/
Nanodiamonds found to promote bone growth and dental implant durability
Bioengineering faculty Dr. Dean Ho and his team has discovered that using nanodiamonds to deliver proteins that promote bone growth has the potential to be more effective than conventional treatment of osteonecrosis, which is caused by reduced blood flow to bones in the joints. This new non-invasive treatment indicates their potential in dental and bone repair applications.
BE Undergraduates Win Big in National Bioengineering Design Competitions and Give Back to Department
Jaideep Dudani, Derek Go, Ankit Gupta, Gayane Kocharyan, Roxanne Loo and Nova Wang, senior undergraduates in the UCLA Bioengineering department, submitted research they had done as part of the UCLA Bioengineering Capstone Design course to both the 2013 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s DEBUT Challenge as well as the 2013 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s BMEStart Biomedical Design Competition. The topic they focused in on was personalized monitoring of enzyme dynamics (P-MED), and how such a capability could impact medical treatment.