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On 06/13/20, the Black students in the BioE program shared an open letter to the Bioengineering community with a their list of demands to address racial inequalities in the department. Read the letter here.

On 06/30/20, the Bioengineering faculty leadership replied with an item-by-item response to the open letter. Read the letter here.

On 07/20/20, the Black students in the BioE program provided their input on the Bioengineering faculty leadership response. Read the response here.

On 08/06/20, the Bioengineering faculty leadership provided additional comments to the input provided by the Bioengineering community. Read the comments here.

For more information, please see the new page on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
International Students: Please follow the Berkeley's International Office or UCSF's International Students and Scholars Office guidance on the developing situation regarding restrictions placed on international students by the Department of Homeland Security. As this is a fast changing issue, these two sources will have the most up to date information regarding your visa questions and relationship with each school.
Due to concerns and mitigation efforts related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Graduate Council has agreed that all members may participate remotely in Qual Exams. Zoom is the preferred platform since many faculty will be offering instruction via Zoom and obtaining Zoom Pro accounts. 

More COVID-19 Resources:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - How to Protect Yourself
COVID-19 Information for Graduate Students
COVID-19 Student Affairs Updates
COVID-19 UCSF Resource Page
COVID-19 Berkeley International Students FAQ

Here you will find information that can be helpful to you as a graduate student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering.

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Sally Winkler @sallywinkler is a 6th year PhD student in Phil Messersmith's lab at Berkeley. She develops new surgical glues for use in fetal surgery and is the co-host of @DoubleShelixPod, a podcast about graduate school!

In this interview, BEAST scientists discuss how they pivoted research directions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and leveraged their expertise and training to write guidelines on safe PPE reuse using UV-C light exposure for decontamination: https://qb3.berkeley.edu/interview-n95-decontamination-covid19/ #N95 #COVID-19

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Check out this paper from @zsteier and @adamgayoso from the Streets (@airstreets) and Yosef (@yoseflab) labs! The totalVI model can be used to discover new cell types or markers and to redefine cell identities based on both their RNA and protein content.
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.08.083337v2

#BeastofTheWeek Jenn Cummings is a second-year PhD student in Ashish Raj’s lab at UCSF. She’s developing mathematical models to better understand and treat psychiatric disorders. Lately, Jenn has been coding, calculating, and collaborating with her cat coworker, Luce.

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