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How Your Sleep Patterns Change Can Tell You About Your Health

June 20, 2024

How Your Sleep Patterns Change Can Tell You About Your Health

Your sleep tracker might give you information about more than just your sleep–specifically, it might give you information about chronic conditions such as diabetes and sleep apnea, and illnesses such as COVID-19. This is one of the findings of a study that analyzed data from 5 million nights of sleep across roughly 33,000 people.  Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School Of Engineering Rises In Latest U.S. News And World Report Rankings Of Best Engineering Schools

June 18, 2024

UC San Diego Jacobs School Of Engineering Rises In Latest U.S. News And World Report Rankings Of Best Engineering Schools

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has ranked the #11 best in the nation in the influential U.S. News & World Report Rankings of Best Engineering Schools. This #11 ranking is up from #12 last year. Full Story


Jacobs School of Engineering 2024 Award of Excellence Recipients

June 14, 2024

Jacobs School of Engineering 2024 Award of Excellence Recipients

Six undergraduate students were selected from among their peers to receive an Award of Excellence from their academic department in recognition of their outstanding academic, leadership and community contributions. Full Story


'MUSIC Map' Reveals Some Brain Cells Age Faster and Are More Prevalent in Alzheimer's

May 14, 2024

'MUSIC Map' Reveals Some Brain Cells Age Faster and Are More Prevalent in Alzheimer's

UC San Diego engineers have discovered that some brain cells age more rapidly than others, and they are disproportionately abundant in individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, researchers observed sex-specific differences in the aging process of certain brain cells, with the female cortex exhibiting a higher ratio of “old” oligodendrocytes to “old” neurons compared to the male cortex. The discoveries were made possible by a new technique called MUSIC (multinucleic acid interaction mapping in single cells), which allows researchers to peek inside individual brain cells and map out interactions between chromatin and RNA. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Honored as Prebys Research Heroes

May 2, 2024

UC San Diego Researchers Honored as Prebys Research Heroes

Three UC San Diego researchers, including two bioengineers, have been named Prebys Research Heroes by the San Diego-based Conrad Prebys Foundation. These researchers have received grants of $500,000 each to support their research focused on advancing health care and medical discoveries. Full Story


Biodegradable 'Living Plastic' Houses Bacterial Spores That Help It Break Down

April 30, 2024

Biodegradable 'Living Plastic' Houses Bacterial Spores That Help It Break Down

A new type of bioplastic could help reduce the plastic industry’s environmental footprint. Researchers have developed a biodegradable form of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) filled with bacterial spores that, when exposed to nutrients present in compost, germinate and break down the material at the end of its life cycle. Full Story


Innovative Microscopy Demystifies Metabolism of Alzheimers Disease

April 23, 2024

Innovative Microscopy Demystifies Metabolism of Alzheimers Disease

Bioengineers and neuroscientists at UC San Diego have deployed state-of-the art imaging techniques to study the metabolism driving Alzheimer’s disease; results suggest new treatment strategies Full Story


Acting Student and Bioengineering Alumna Awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

April 17, 2024

Acting Student and Bioengineering Alumna Awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Riyam Al Msari, an undergraduate bioengineering alumna from Iraq, is one of 30 recipients of the 2024 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The merit-based program for immigrants and children of immigrants awards up to $90,000 to support each fellow’s graduate studies.  Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers Inducted Into 2024 Class of the AIMBE College of Fellows

March 25, 2024

UC San Diego Engineers Inducted Into 2024 Class of the AIMBE College of Fellows

Two engineering professors at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering were inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Professors Ludmil Alexandrov and Sheng Xu were among the 162 new AIMBE Fellows who were recognized at a ceremony during the AIMBE Annual Event on March 25. Full Story


New Imaging Tool Advances Study of Lipid Biology

March 14, 2024

New Imaging Tool Advances Study of Lipid Biology

From fruit flies to humans, there are many, many different types and subtypes of lipids operating at the same time within any living organism. While we know that lipid molecules play myriad different roles in health, aging and disease; researchers currently struggle to uncover the fine details of these roles – details which could unlock cures, extend the human healthspan, and solve mysteries of aging. A study led by bioengineers at the University of California San Diego marks a significant step forward in this critical area of lipid research. Full Story