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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Developmental lineage mapping by genomic barcoding in the mouse

Seminar | January 17 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Reza Kalhor, Wyss Institute Research Associate in Technology Development

Bioengineering (BioE)


Cellular barcoding using nuclease-induced DNA mutations is an effective approach that is emerging for recording biological information, including developmental lineages. We introduce the homing CRISPR system as an effective means of generating DNA barcodes with a high and scalable diversity. We further describe the implementation of this system in a mouse model with multiple...   More >

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Biomedical Imaging Technology at Cal: for Early-Stage Medical Diagnosis

Lecture | January 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Steven Connoly, Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Science@Cal


Abstract Treatments for diseases are most effective when the disease is noticed at the earliest stage. Modern medical imaging tools are indispensable for early-stage diagnosis of deadly diseases, like Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Unfortunately, many diseases are still only diagnosed at advanced stage. For example, only 15% of lung cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage. Hence,...   More >


All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

Monday, January 21, 2019

Davis Projects for Peace $10K campus-wide award application deadline: 10k Grant Award Opportunity for Undergrads

Deadline | January 21 |  International House


International House


Projects for Peace is an initiative open to UC Berkeley undergrads to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2019 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict...   More >

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Programming gene circuits with genome and transcriptome engineering to combat disease

Seminar | January 22 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Patrick Hsu, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Bioengineering (BioE)


Rapid advances in genome profiling and analysis have illuminated many genomic changes related to human disease. The ability to interrogate the functional roles of such variants in pathogenesis and their potential as therapeutic targets is critical for the development of new medicines. CRISPR tools that systematically reverse-engineer cellular processes through rapid and precise perturbations...   More >

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Optics-free spatio-genetic imaging with DNA microscopy

Seminar | January 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Joshua Weinstein, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Bioengineering (BioE)


Complex cell populations, from the brain to the
adaptive immune system, rely on diverse gene variants, somatic
mutations, and expression patterns for some of their most essential
functions. This genetic heterogeneity not only endows intrinsic
properties to individual cells, but it also often operates at the
level of inter-cellular interactions. Technologies that jointly
resolve both gene...   More >

Friday, January 25, 2019

Plate Mechanical Metamaterials and Their Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Igor Bargatin, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Recently, we introduced the concept of plate mechanical metamaterials—cellular plates with carefully controlled periodic geometry and unique mechanical properties—as well as its initial realization in the form of freestanding corrugated plates made out of an ultrathin film.

We used atomic layer deposition (ALD) and microfabrication techniques to make robust plates out of a single continuous...   More >

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Harnessing all-optical laser-scanning imaging for deep and large-scale image-based analysis

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Kevin Tsia, The University of Hong Kong

Bioengineering (BioE)


Studying cell populations, their transition states and functions at the single cell level is critical for understanding in normal tissue development and pathogenesis of disease. State-of-the-art single-cell analysis approaches have overwhelmingly been biomolecularly-driven (e.g. analyzing cell-surface protein and gene expressions). Despite their exquisite specificity, they remain highly variable...   More >

Friday, February 1, 2019

Magnetism in Amorphous Alloys: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Frances Hellman, UC Berkeley, Physics & MSE

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Most condensed matter textbooks start by introducing crystal symmetries and the periodic lattice as foundational to the field. Yet, it has long been known that the amorphous structure supports ferromagnetism, superconductivity, and a host of other condensed matter properties.

Superconductivity theory was famously expanded from the original Bloch wave pairing to be described as pairing of...   More >

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of a Friction-Free Life: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Sherry Turkle

Lecture | February 5 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Division


Sherry Turkle will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 5 and February 6, 2019. The first lecture is titled "The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of a Friction-Free Life" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


All Audiences

All Audiences



Simon-Kucher Partners Infosession: Careers in consulting

Information Session | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Betty Pio, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Bioengineering (BioE)


Want to learn more about consulting?
Our Life Sciences Partners will be on campus to discuss projects they have worked on and to answer any questions you might have about a career in consulting.

Food provided and resumes accepted!

• Simon-Kucher is regarded as the world’s leading pricing advisor and thought leader.
• Life Sciences is one of our leading industry practices; we have advised...   More >


Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of Artificial Intimacy: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Sherry Turkle

Lecture | February 6 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Division


Sherry Turkle will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 5 and February 6, 2019. The second lecture is titled "The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of Artificial Intimacy" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


All Audiences

All Audiences



Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Beth Shapiro, Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Seminar | February 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Center for Computational Biology


Genomics, genetic rescue, and the future of conservation

Abstract: New technologies, including complete genome sequencing and genome engineering, promise to revolutionize conservation and slow the pace of the ongoing extinction crisis. However, the value of these technologies to conservation remains unclear. Using mountain lions from across their range and wolves from Isle Royale as examples,...   More >

Friday, February 8, 2019

Discrete Microfluidics for More Efficient Pharmaceutical Compound Testing: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Melinda Simon, San Jose State University, Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


In 2012, the declining efficiency and increasing cost of pharmaceutical research was noted in a phenomenon termed “Eroom’s law”, to distinguish it from the efficiency of “Moore’s law” in transistor development.

Though the reasons for this phenomenon are myriad and varied, the efficiency of drug development and commercialization could be greatly improved by the development of better paradigms...   More >



A planet-scale playground for data scientists - Google Maps: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | February 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 190 Doe Library


Luiz André Barroso, VP of Engineering, Google

Matt Hancher, Co-founder, Google Earth Engine, Google

Berkeley Institute for Data Science


Are there good soba noodle places nearby? How do I get to JFK by train? When does this park close? Show me Stonehenge! Helping people explore and get things done in the real world is the task our team has taken on, and it is a rather challenging one. In this talk I will describe the technical complexity of creating models that reflect the real world for tools such as Google Maps, Search and...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

High-Performing Teams

Workshop | February 13 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | International House, Home Room


Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Assistant Director, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); Grace Michel, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); Jason Patent, Director, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)


In any organization, communicating and collaborating effectively are paramount. It’s important that, as professionals and leaders, we make intentional and strategic efforts to bridge differences in communication and the way individuals work together as a team.


All Audiences

Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Cal Parents

UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty can register for free.

$224 Early Bird Tickets, $249 Regular

UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty, use code STAFF to register for free. Please bring Cal ID day of event. Tickets go on sale January 28. Buy tickets online, or by calling Miranda Loos at 510-642-9481, or by emailing Miranda Loos at mloos@berkeley.edu.



Cell mechanics by atomic force, traction force, and ion conductance microscopy

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall | Note change in date


Tilman Schaeffer, University of Tubingen (Germany)

Bioengineering (BioE)


I will present the development and application of novel scanning probe instrumentation and methods in the field of cell mechanics.

Using force clamp force mapping (FCFM), an atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging mode that combines force-distance curves with an added force clamp phase, we observed that the creep behavior of living cells conforms to a power-law material model. When comparing...   More >

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Center for Computational Biology and Koret Berkeley Tel Aviv Initiative Seminar: Dr. Ron Shamir, Professor, Tel Aviv University

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Center for Computational Biology, Koret Berkeley Tel Aviv Initiative


Integrated analysis of cancer data: multi-omic clustering and personalized ranking of driver genes

Abstract: Large biological datasets are currently available, and their analysis has applications to basic science and medicine. While inquiry of each dataset separately often provides insights, integrative analysis may reveal more holistic, systems-level findings. We demonstrate the power of...   More >

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Science at Cal Lecture - Is anybody out there?

Lecture | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall


Dan Werthimer, Berkeley SETI Research Center

Science@Cal


Are Fast Radio Bursts signals from ET? Or are they signals from magnetars? Is `Oumuamua an alien space ship? Or is it a rock from another solar system? Are we alone in the universe? Current and future SETI projects may provide an answer.Berkeley SETI Research Center chief scientist Dan Werthimer will describe the rationale for past and future searches and will show how new technologies are...   More >


All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Proteoforms in human health and disease

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University

Bioengineering (BioE)


Proteoforms are the specific molecular forms of proteins arising from human genes encoded in the human genome. They include all sources of protein variation, and here’s a list: sequence mutations, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs). They underlie diverse biological systems and proteoform diversity is directly linked to functions, pathway modulation, and disease...   More >

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Editing The Code Of Life: The Future Of Genome Editing

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Dr. Jennifer Doudna

Institute of International Studies


Our technological capacity to make changes to genomic data has expanded exponentially since the 2012 discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as an RNA-programmable genome editing tool. Over the past seven years, this genome editing platform has been used to revolutionize research, develop new agricultural crops, and even promises to cure genetic diseases. However, ethical and societal concerns abound, requiring...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Career Forum: BERC Energy Summit

Career Fair | February 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom


Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative


Formerly called Career Night, this year’s event, the Career Energy Forum, will take place on the first of the two days of the Energy Summit conference on February 21st, 2019. The Career Energy Forum is an annual event connecting prestigious energy and cleantech companies with top graduate student talent interested in dedicating their careers to this field. We have more than 20 companies confirmed.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Interfacial Engineering of Lithium Metal Anodes: From Liquid to Solid Electrolytes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Neil Dasgupta, Univ. of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


The poor performance and safety concerns of lithium (Li) metal anodes represent a critical challenge to enable high energy density rechargeable batteries. This is attributed to several well-known issues associated with Li metal electrodeposition and dissolution, including electrolyte decomposition, dendrite evolution, and “dead” Li accumulation. In addition, short-circuiting can occur due to the...   More >



Grounds for Science -Getting the most out of light: vision and geoengineering

Lecture | February 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar


3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

Mathew Summers, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Proctor, Global Policy Lab

Science@Cal


Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. GfS takes place the 4th Friday of every month at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville.
This month's short talks:
The cells that give us sight with Mathew Summers

What volcanoes can teach us about combating global climate change with Jonathan Proctor


All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Radio Frequency Microsystems for 5G and IoT Applications: From Acoustic Filters and Circulators to Mechanically Driven Antennas

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)


Songbin Gong, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


This talk will discuss several new types of RF micro-systems that can enable various front-end functions, including filtering, radiation, non-reciprocity, and equalization, with unprecedented size, weight, and performance (SWaP) for 5G and IoT applications.



Thermo Fisher Infosession

Information Session | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Bioengineering (BioE)


Learn about careers at Thermo Fisher! Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science! We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands - Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and...   More >

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Graphene-based Biosensors: Real-time biological Search

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Kiana Aran, Keck Graduate Institute

Bioengineering (BioE)


Graphene-based biosensors have the potential to revolutionize digital biochemical measurements for applications in the field of drug discovery, biomedicine, integrated diagnostics and environmental monitoring. This talk will describe the design and development of novel graphene-based biosensors and their use in facile identification of clinically relevant biomarkers in cancer and aging. In...   More >

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 28 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium


Bioengineering (BioE)


The top talent of UC Berkeley and local biotech employers at the largest biomedical industry event on campus.

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.


Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

RSVP online.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mechano- and Visco-NPS: An Electronic Method to Measure the Mechanical Properties of Cells: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Lydia Sohn, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


We have developed an efficient, label-free method of screening cells for their phenotypic profile, which we call Node-Pore Sensing (NPS). NPS involves measuring the modulated current pulse caused by a cell transiting a microfluidic channel that has been segmented by a series of inserted nodes.

Previously, we showed that when segments between the nodes are functionalized with different...   More >

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Molecular Perspective on Nanoscale Transport: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. David Limmer, UC Berkeley, Chemistry

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Understanding how mass, energy, or charge are transported on small scales is challenging, as standard hydrodynamic descriptions developed for macroscopic phenomena need not remain valid. On small scales, matter is discrete, thermal fluctuations render currents stochastic quantities, and nonlinear response is ubiquitous.

In this talk, I will discuss some recent efforts to develop a molecular...   More >

Friday, March 15, 2019

Single-Cell BioMEMS Tools for Monitoring Cancer Immunotherapy: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Rong Fan, Yale University, Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


I will begin with discussing a novel bioMEMS device technology for single-cell immune function profiling, in particular, the co-detection of 40+ cytokines/chemokines at the level of single cells, representing the highest multiplexing recorded to date for a single-cell protein secretion assay.

I will describe how this microdevice called IsoCode was conceived, evolved over generations, further...   More >

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

Disentangling The Strange Metal: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. James Analytis, UC Berkeley, Physics

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Our research focuses on the discovery and understanding of exotic materials manifesting novel quantum phenomena that have both fundamental and technological implications, particularly superconductors, exotic magnets and topological materials. Many of the physical problems we are interested in transcend a single material. Each compound can lend a new insight into a given question. Where possible,...   More >

Friday, April 12, 2019

3D Human Brain Models and Nanoplatforms for Prognostics and Therapeutics of Neurological Disorders: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Hansang Cho, Univ of North Carolina, Charlotte / Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. However, no definitive cure for AD exists due to lack of limited model systems that accurately reflect AD-related immunity in human brains, nor for a drug development strategy for delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and assessment of drug efficacy in human brains.

Here, I present micro-scaled 3D environments that...   More >

Friday, April 19, 2019

Metabolite-based Diagnostics Enabled by MEMS Devices: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall | Note change in date and location


Prof. Cristina Davis, UC Davis, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Human “breath analysis” provides a wide range of opportunities for diagnosis of pathophysiological conditions in a non-invasive and potentially inexpensive way.
Ultimately these devices will be fully utilized in medical point-of-care locations in clinical offices.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Material Challenges and Opportunities in Next Generation Electronics: From Non-Silicon Electronics to Artificial Neural Networks: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Jeehwan Kim, MIT, Mechanical Engineering & MSE

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Our team has invented a new crystalline growth concept, termed “remote epitaxy”, which can copy/paste crystalline information of the wafer remotely through graphene, thus generating single-crystalline films on graphene. The graphene-coated substrates can be infinitely reused. Thus, the remote epitaxy technique can cost-efficiently produce freestanding single-crystalline films.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019