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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 , Benedict Paten, Nader Pourmand, Josh Stuart, and Christopher Vollmers . 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.


Edmundo Perez working in the lab with Rebecca DuBois, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering. Photo by Karyn Skemp.

Steck Award recipient seeks to solve atomic structure of human astrovirus

Edmundo Perez has been fascinated with viruses since his first biology class at Hartnell Community College. In that Introduction to Biology course, he learned about viruses and became intrigued with their structure. He found out about how they multiply and mutate, and how they spread from organism... Read More

Baskin Engineering Professor Angela Brooks named "Scientist to Watch" by The Scientist Magazine

  When Angela Brooks first saw Gattaca—a 1997 film about a futuristic society where humans are classified based on their genetic code—in high school, she was captivated by the possibilities hidden in the genome. “I’ve always been fascinated by the concept that every cell in your body has... Read More

Russ Corbett-Detig (photo by C. Lagattuta)

UCSC biomolecular engineer Russ Corbett-Detig wins Sloan Research Fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship to Russ Corbett-Detig, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz. The prestigious two-year fellowship includes a grant of $60,000 to support Corbett-Detig's research, which focuses on evolutionary... Read More