Biomolecular Engineering

The Biomolecular Engineering (BME) Department within the Jack Baskin School of Engineering features an interdisciplinary blend of engineering, biology, chemistry, and statistics designed to foster collaboration with other departments. This blend reflects our vision of the direction that biomedical discovery will take over the next two decades.

The BME Department ladder-rank faculty includes  Mark Akeson, Phil Berman, Angela Brooks, Russ Corbett-Detig, Rebecca DuBois, Camilla Forsberg, Ed Green, David Haussler, Richard Hughey, Kevin Karplus, Daniel Kim, Todd Lowe (18-19 Department Chair), Benedict Paten, Nader Pourmand, Josh Stuart, and Christopher Vollmers . Jonathan Trent, Robert Coffman, Zemin Zhang, and David Bernick hold adjunct faculty appointments in the department. David Deamer, UC Davis Emeritus Professor of chemistry and biochemistry also holds a research professor appointment with the BME Department.

Members of the BME Department collaborate actively with faculty from other SOE departments and with the Physical & Biological Sciences departments of MCD Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Environmental Toxicology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Ocean Sciences.

News

The PCBB Team. Top row, left to right: Arina Romanova, Michael Choi. Bottom row, left to right: Ricardo Rodriguez, Richard Alves, Selina Guan, Dan Li, Adam Grose, Rafael Ramirez.

UC Santa Cruz engineering students’ autonomous boat could keep microplastics out of oceans

For their final project as undergraduates, a team of students at the Baskin School of Engineering is building an autonomous boat and net system that would passively drift along coastlines and collect garbage deposited into the ocean by rivers. The Passive Cleaner Boat Bot (PCBB) could prevent... Read More

Pictured: Benedict Paten, Director of the Computational Genomics Lab and Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering

Western Digital, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute and Baskin School of Engineering Collaborate to Accelerate Genomics Sequencing

January 29, 2019 —San Jose and Santa Cruz, CA— Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute and Baskin School of Engineering announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, joint research and development agreement to accelerate genomics sequencing... Read More

CruzHacks judging in progress

UC Santa Cruz student-run CruzHacks revamps for its sixth year

With a new slate of leaders at the helm, the UC Santa Cruz student-organized CruzHacks aims to bring together 500 hackers of all backgrounds for a weekend of innovation. The non-profit hackathon hopes to create an environment in which high school and college students can work collaboratively to... Read More

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May 20

Advancement: Methods development for genome sequencing applications

Balaji Sundararaman
PhD Student (Advisor: Ed Green)
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Faculty Ethics Bowl: Ethics and the Far Future

David Haussler
Scientific Director