University of California, Berkeley


Bioengineering applies engineering principles and practices to living things in order to solve some of the most challenging problems that face the world today. In Bioengineering, also known as Biomedical Engineering, work is concentrated on high-impact applications instrumentation, molecular and cellular engineering, and computational biosciences that will bring about major advances in medicine and the life sciences.

Our Ph.D. and Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) programs are conducted in partnership with UC San Francisco, one of the premier medical and health sciences schools in the world. The joint Ph.D. program was founded in 1983 and has grown to become one of the top-ranked doctoral degrees in the nation, offering students a robust set of resources on both campuses. The MTM is a one-year professional master's degree, focused on training talented individuals seeking to speed medical technologies from the lab to clinical use. 

UC Berkeley also offers the Master of Engineering in Bioengineering, a one-year professional master's degree designed for students focused on careers in industry.

All programs are supported by the UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering, anchored by exceptional faculty, strong ties to other departments on campus, and close collaborations with other institutions. The Department continues to expand with new faculty, staff, facilities, and research programs. 

Undergraduate Programs

Bioengineering: BS, Minor
Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering: BS (Joint Major)

Graduate Programs

Bioengineering: MEng, PhD (Joint PhD, in cooperation with UCSF)
Translational Medicine: MTM (in cooperation with UCSF)

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Contact Information

Department of Bioengineering

306 Stanley Hall

MC 1762

Phone: 510-642-5833

Fax: 510-642-5835

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Department Chair

Phil Messersmith, PhD

Phone: 510-642-5833

Graduate Student Affairs Officer - PhD

Rocío Sanchez

306D Stanley Hall

Phone: 510-642-9931

Executive Director, MTM Program

Verna Rodriguez

418 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Graduate Student Services - Masters Programs

Joy Ahn

306 Stanley Hall

Phone: 510-642-5833

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