The Department of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego is inviting applications for positions at the Assistant Professor and at the Associate Professor or Full Professor levels. To obtain more information or submit your application materials, go to http://be.ucsd.edu/career_faculty.

The Department of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego is inviting applications for:

  • Assistant Professor level – Bioengineering
    We are expecting to recruit exceptional individuals to maintain preeminence in the development of engineering sciences, methods and instrumentation.

  • Associate Professor or Full Professor levels (Tenure Track or Tenured Professor) - For a New Initiative in Precision Medicine
    We are expecting to recruit exceptional individuals that have a strong approach to an important medical/clinical problem, whose work generates strong enthusiasm in the Health Sciences.

  • To obtain more information or submit your application materials, go to http://be.ucsd.edu/career_faculty.


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Stephanie Fraley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Areas of Research: Developing technologies to allow quantitative study of inter- and intra-cellular signaling resulting from host-pathogen interactions.

Education:Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2011.
Post-doctoral fellowship, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2012-2014

Stephanie I. Fraley, Ph.D. has joined the Department of Bioengineering as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track. She was a post-doctoral research fellow in Emergency Medicine Infectious Disease and Biomedical Engineering, working with Dr. Sam Yang and Dr. Jeff Wang, PhD at Johns Hopkins. The goal of her work is to develop engineering technologies that can diagnose and guide treatment of sepsis, a leading cause of death worldwide, while simultaneously leading to improved understanding of how human cells and bacterial cells interact. She won the prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Award at the Scientific Interfaces. Stephanie received her B.S.E. from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.


Prashant Mali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Areas of Research: Regenerative Medicine, Synthetic Biology, Genome Engineering, Stem Cell Engineering.

Education: PhD, Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow, the Harvard Medical School, 2011-2014

Prashant Mali, Ph.D. has joined the Department of Bioengineering as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track. He received his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at the Harvard Medical School. His primary research interests are in the field of regenerative medicine, and over the years he has developed a range of genome and stem cell engineering technologies. In particular, he pioneered the development of the CRISPR/Cas systems for eukaryotic genome engineering. The CRISPR-Cas9 system was recognized as a top scientific breakthrough by Science in 2013. For his graduate work he received the Siebel Scholar Award in 2011, and in 2014 he received the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface. He is also cofounder of a life sciences startup eGenesis Inc. At UCSD he will offer courses at the interface of basic biology and engineering such as in Systems and Synthetic Biology.


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The Bioengineering undergraduate advising office is by appointment only Mondays & Fridays, with walk-ins available Tuesday - Thursday.

Hours are from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 - 3:30 PM. Please request appointments through the Virtual Advising Center located under the "Advising and Grades" tab via TritonLink. Please give at least two times you are available so you may be scheduled. ***Please note: During the first two weeks of each quarter, advising hours are walk-ins only.***


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I would like to invite you to a Bioengineering Town Hall
The meeting will be held on Friday, October 25th, 2013
at 3:30PM, in Room 003, Basement of the Powell-Focht
Bioengineering Hall.  Light refreshments will be served!

The Town Hall Meeting will provide a forum to discuss issues
that are important to you as an undergraduate student in our
department.   As you come prepared to discuss important issues,
we also ask that you come prepared to engage in dialog that
would provide possible solutions for such issues.  The Town Hall
Meeting will be facilitated by me on a regular basis.

Our aim is to continue Town Hall Meetings in the spirit of
gathering as a group that will strengthen our department at
various levels.  If you are unable to attend this Fall quarter,
I encourage you to participate in future meetings or to stay
engaged via other forums such as through BMES and discuss new
ideas and issues.

I look forward to meeting you at the Bioengineering Town Hall

Best regards,
Geert Schmid-Schoenbein

Chair – Department of Bioengineering 

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The 19th annual Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS) will be held at the University of California at San Diego, July 24-27, 2013. Hosted by Todd Coleman (Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UCSD) and Jason Mars (Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, UCSD), this year’s conference will include keynote speakers, tutorials, research talks, workshops, and poster sessions.  The conference organizers are excited that UC San Diego's new Chancellor, Pradeep Khosla, will address the conference. The Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Linda Greene, will also welcome the attendees.

For more information about CAARMS, please visit their website.

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The Department of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego is inviting applications for one or more TENURE-TRACK or TENURED FACULTY POSITIONS at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor levels. To obtain more information or submit your application materials, go to https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00444

The Department of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego is inviting applications for one TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION at the Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment level. To obtain more information or submit your application materials, go to https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00319.

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Professor, Bioengineering

Mark Mercola earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985. Dr. Mercola trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School in 1991 and Associate Professor in 1996. Dr. Mercola joined Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in 2002 where he is Professor and Director of the Muscle Development and Regeneration Program. Dr. Mercola's research is dedicated to discovering natural and synthetic signaling molecules that can direct the formation of new cardiomyocytes, ultimately to produce cells and drugs for regenerative therapies. The three core research areas are: embryological and embryonic stem cell projects that focus on natural inducers of heart differentiation; the Notch pathway and its involvement in heart disease and regeneration; and chemical genetics and screening approaches to discovery of novel signaling molecules to stimulate differentiation and replication of cells that can form cardiomyocytes as well as discovery of new markers of committed progenitors.


Associate Professior, Bioengineering

Dr. Yingxiao Wang obtained his bachelor and master degrees in Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics from Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering in 2002 and continued his postdoc work together with Drs. Shu Chien and Roger Y. Tsien at UC San Diego. Before joining UCSD, He was an associate professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Department of Bioengineering and a full time faculty in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He was also affiliated with Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience Program, the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, and Institute of Genomic Biology at UIUC. Dr. Wang’s research includes the development of genetically-encoded molecule biosensors based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and the application of these biosensors for the visualization and quantification of molecular signals in live cells with high spatiotemporal resolution under physical/mechanical environment. Dr. Wang is also interested in integrating the cutting-edge technologies in molecular engineering, live cell imaging, nanotechnology, and biophotonics for the study of mechanobiology. Dr. Wang is the recipient of the Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Award (both Phase I and Phase II), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and National Institute of Health Independent Scientist Award. His research is supported by the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and private foundations. Dr. Wang will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on molecular engineering, live cell imaging, and mechanobiology.


Associate Professor, Bioengineering

Dr. Zhong received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from Harvard University in 2005 while concurrently working at the BioX Center of Stanford University as a Computational Biology visiting scholar. He was an associate professor and Bliss Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne prior to his appointment at UCSD. His primary emphasis is on epigenomics and stem cell biology. His work addresses the causal relationships between gene regulation and cellular behaviors, through developing high-throughput genomic and single-cell technologies and computational modeling of gene networks. His work led to the discovery of genetic differences of early embryonic development between humans and other mammals, and contributed to introducing the field of "comparative epigenomics”. He is supported by NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and Alfred Sloan Fellowship. Dr. Zhong received University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising for two consecutive years. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on bioinformatics, statistics, and systems biology.

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Shankar Subramaniam has been named a Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), to assist the Organized Research Unit of the University of California, San Diego, in identifying new opportunities and solutions in the area of bioinformatics. Subramaniam’s appointment is effective June 1, 2010.

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For Shu Chien, a pioneer in the growing field of bioengineering, understanding and learning the marvels of how the human body works has been the foundation of his decades-long quest to advance science and technology worldwide.  The UC San Diego bioengineering professor’s significant scientific endeavors have paved the way for recognition of his renowned work at the university’s Jacobs School of Engineering and abroad.

In honor of his outstanding achievements in physiology and bioengineering research and education, along with international acclaim as a superb scientist and scholar, the President of the Republic of China in Taiwan recently awarded Chien the 2009 Presidential Science Prize. The award was established nine years ago to recognize innovative researchers who have made monumental contributions to international research in the fields of mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and applied sciences, especially those scholars whose works have had a major impact on the development and applications of these fields in Taiwan.

Over the last two decades, Chien has played a major role in the remarkable progress in biomedical sciences in Taiwan, including the establishment of first-rate research institutions, initiation of exemplary scientific review system, training of talented young scientists, and fostering world-class research. This was the first time the Presidential Prize was given to a scientist working outside of Taiwan with recognition of not only his scientific achievements, but also contributions to the advancement of science in Taiwan.

As a result of his collaborative work with his colleagues and students in and from Taiwan, Chien has made an important impact on life science research in Taiwan, including the enhancement of the international image of biomedical research in the Asian country. His scientific accomplishments have included setting the foundation for research on blood rheology in heath and disease; and pioneering research on the mechanism of signal transduction and gene expression in response to mechanical forces. In 1987, Chien worked with the medical centers in Taiwan to initiate the Medical Oncology Training Program. This inter-institutional program fostered close interactions among the hospitals through these physician trainees, who have made major contributions to the advancement of medical oncology in Taiwan.  In an effort to help train the next generation of scientists and engineers, Chien has organized many international meetings and workshops to introduce state-of-the-art concepts and technologies to thousands of young scientists and students in Taiwan.

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