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Supplementation with amino acid serine eases neuropathy in diabetic mice

January 25, 2023

Supplementation with amino acid serine eases neuropathy in diabetic mice

Approximately half of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes experience peripheral neuropathy—weakness, numbness, and pain, primarily in the hands and feet. The condition occurs when high levels of sugar circulating in the blood damage peripheral nerves. Now, working with mice, Salk Institute researchers, in collaboration with the University of California San Diego, have identified another factor contributing to diabetes-associated peripheral neuropathy: altered amino acid metabolism.  Full Story


In Cells, UV-Emitting Nail Polish Dryers Damage DNA and Cause Mutations

January 17, 2023

In Cells, UV-Emitting Nail Polish Dryers Damage DNA and Cause Mutations

The ultraviolet nail polish drying devices used to cure gel manicures may pose more of a public health concern than previously thought. Researchers at UC San Diego studied these UV light-emitting devices, and found that their use leads to cell death and cancer-causing mutations in human cells.  Full Story


Identifying pathways to slow cardiac aging

December 22, 2022

Identifying pathways to slow cardiac aging

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and is caused in part by age-related cardiac structural dysfunction. A team of bioengineers at UC San Diego published a paper in Nature Aging on Dec. 22 that helps advance our understanding of how hearts age, and sheds light on a possible pathway to slow cardiac aging.  Full Story


2022 Research Highlights

December 20, 2022

2022 Research Highlights

From tools to track the origin and spread of COVID-19, to making homes safer in earthquakes, to using smartphones as diagnostic tools, researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering pioneered important work in 2022. A few highlights of our outstanding research this year are here. Full Story


16 Jacobs School researchers among most highly cited in the world

November 22, 2022

16 Jacobs School researchers among most highly cited in the world

A remarkable 16 faculty and research scientists at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, according to the 2022 Clarivate listing of Most Highly Cited Researchers in the World. The list highlights individuals at universities, research institutes and commercial organizations who have demonstrated a disproportionate level of significant and broad influence in their field of research.    Full Story


Parsing the Genetic Drivers of Head and Neck Cancers

November 17, 2022

Parsing the Genetic Drivers of Head and Neck Cancers

In a new study, published in the November 14, 2022 issue of PNAS, a team of researchers including Ludmil Alexandrov, a bioengineering faculty and UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty member, expands and deepens understanding of how genetic aberrations fuel HPV-negative head and neck cancers and, potentially, provide paths to further refinement and improvement of immune checkpoint inhibitors for HPV-negative head and neck cancers. Full Story


The Jacobs School at Neuroscience 2022

November 10, 2022

The Jacobs School at Neuroscience 2022

 The Society for Neuroscience is holding its annual conference, Neuroscience 2022, Nov. 12 to 16 in San Diego and the faculty of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering will have a strong presence at the event.    Full Story


UC San Diego Faculty Receive New EDI Award from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

November 3, 2022

UC San Diego Faculty Receive New EDI Award from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

As part of a new funding opportunity launched to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in science, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, has selected UC San Diego Assistant Professors Brian Aguado and Sonya Neal as two of 25 grant recipients in the new program. Full Story


With $25 Million Gift to Bioengineering at UC San Diego, Gene Lay Honors his Mentor Shu Chien

October 27, 2022

With $25 Million Gift to Bioengineering at UC San Diego, Gene Lay Honors his Mentor Shu Chien

Eminent biotechnology innovator and entrepreneur Gene Lay, through the Laygend Foundation, has committed to provide $25 million as an endowment gift to support UC San Diego's world-leading bioengineering department. In recognition of Lay's generous gift, UC San Diego is renaming its bioengineering department the Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering.  Full Story


Healthy blood flow is more important than you may know

October 27, 2022

Healthy blood flow is more important than you may know

When UC San Diego bioengineering professor emeritus Shu Chien reminds you that it's a good idea to get up, move, and get your blood flowing, he knows exactly what he is talking about. In fact, Chien has led research teams that discovered some of the reasons why getting your blood flowing is so good for you. Full Story


2022 New Faculty Hires at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

October 17, 2022

2022 New Faculty Hires at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is proud to introduce 11 new professors hired in 2022. These faculty represent the first year in our latest three-year, 35+ faculty member hiring cycle. Full Story


UC San Diego's Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society earns Outstanding Achievement Award

October 5, 2022

UC San Diego's Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society earns Outstanding Achievement Award

UC San Diego’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) was recognized with the Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award for their work in the 2021-2022 school year. This is the third time the undergraduate BMES chapter received this prestigious award in the last five years, after earning the honor in 2017 and 2020.   Full Story


Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

September 29, 2022

Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

The UC San Diego campus community turned out in big numbers last Friday to celebrate the opening of the sleek and soaring Franklin Antonio Hall. The 186,000 square foot building is not only innovative in its architecture, it’s also ground-breaking in how research teams are organized within the building. Full Story


Mutational signature linking bladder cancer and tobacco smoking found with new AI tool

September 26, 2022

Mutational signature linking bladder cancer and tobacco smoking found with new AI tool

UC San Diego researchers have for the first time discovered a pattern of DNA mutations that links bladder cancer to tobacco smoking. The work could help researchers identify what environmental factors, such as exposure to tobacco smoke and UV radiation, cause cancer in certain patients. It could also lead to more customized treatments for a patient’s specific cancer. Full Story


Bioengineering, bioinformatics graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars

September 22, 2022

Bioengineering, bioinformatics graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars

Five UC San Diego bioengineering and bioinformatics graduate students have been honored as 2023 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students in the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science. Full Story