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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.


Baskin Engineering alumnus Chuck Sugnet

Alumni spotlight: A UCSC Genome Browser alum continues to explore “the edge of what is possible” at Google

When Chuck Sugnet began his graduate research with Baskin School of Engineering professor David Haussler, the lab was in the midst of a desperate race to complete an assembly of the human genome before a private competitor, Celera, could patent it.  “[Haussler and Kent] really had a vision,”... Read More

Terry Furey in 2002 when he was a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz, with his sons Skylar (age 4) and Brady (age 1)

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When Terry Furey enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Computer Science at the Baskin School of Engineering, he had no idea that he would soon become a part of one of the greatest scientific feats in modern history.  As a computer scientist with an interest in biology, Furey had originally been... Read More

UC Santa Cruz’s Baskin School of Engineering Waives its GRE Requirement

  All seventeen of UC Santa Cruz’s graduate engineering programs have chosen to temporarily waive the GRE test requirement for 2021 applicants. Ten programs have permanently dropped the test. As the COVID-19 crisis extends into the Fall, it is pushing many universities to change the ways... Read More