Course Catalog » Course Listing for Bioengineering

215  Laboratory Rotation  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and Bioengineering Graduate Advisor.

Restrictions: Graduate students in Bioengineering.       Activities: Laboratory

Laboratory research rotations are to allow students to become familiar with different areas of research, learn new experimental techniques, obtain experiences in unique research laboratories, and ultimately to identify a lab in which to conduct dissertation research. Rotation projects should involve hands-on research and be a piece of work that the student can present at the end of the rotation.

221  Tissue Mechanobiology  (2.5 - 3 units)   Fall, Winter

Instructor(s): J. Lotz, T. Alliston, V. Weaver

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Independent Study, Student - Lecture

A central role for many tissues is to support physical forces (tension, compression, shear, pressure). This course will introduce the mechanisms by which cells respond to load; how these mechanisms are relevant to normal function & disease etiology; progression; prevention & treatment; an overview of tissue mechanics (relationships between force, stress/strain), mechanisms of cell/matrix interactions, examples of tissue modeling & remodeling in response to physical stimuli.

225  Mechanistic Modeling and Simulating of Biological Systems  (2 - 4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): C. Hunt       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor; Maturity in mathematics; some programming experience

Restrictions: none       Activities: Conference, Independent Study, Project

Mechanism based, computational methods for modeling & simulating living systems (cells, tissues, etc.) and their use in new therapeutic development will be contrasted with established methods. Given a problem or objective, students will learn to identify model uses, develop specifications, and then select implementations enabling developing, constructing, validating, and iteratively revising multi-attribute, hierarchical, biomimetic analogues of pharmacologically responsive biological systems.

241  Metabolism and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): J. Kurhanewicz       Prerequisite(s): Bioengineering 240 or Biomedical Imaging 201

Restrictions: none       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Lab-Science, Direct - Discussion, Student - Lecture, Student - Lab-Science

This course is designed to follow Bioengineering 240 or Biomedical Imaging 201, Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It will build on the fundamental aspects of magnetic resonance physics presented in the first course, but will focus on MR spectroscopy which provides metabolic and biochemical information. The course will cover basic theory, underlying biochemistry and physiology, techniques for acquiring and processing MR spectroscopic data, and biomedical applications for this emerging medical modality.

242  Principles of Tissue Engineering  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): T. Desai       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Restrictions: none       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

Introduction to the principles of tissue engineering. Engineered matrices should emulate the physiological environment of cells. Analysis of biochemical, physico-chemical and biomechanical environment of cells; the role of cellular biomechanics in tissue engineering; biomaterials and biocompatability; synthetic scaffolds; biosurface engineering; engineered tissues and organs.

245  Machine Learning Algorithms for Medical Imaging  (3 - 4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Nagarajan, V. Pedoia       Prerequisite(s): Calculus, linear algebra, undergraduate physics (electromagnetism), or consent of instructor.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Seminar, Direct - Project, Direct - Discussion, Student - Lecture, Student - Seminar, Student - Project, Student - Independent Study, Student - Discussion

The goal of this course is for students to understand various machine learning algorithms that are used in brain imaging, and to gain hands-on experience using them in student projects, homework, and student-driven class-presentations. Common machine learning algorithms used for MRI, fMRI, EEG, MEG, and ECOG, will be the focus of the course.

249  Group Studies  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Seminar, Direct - Project, Direct - Conference, Student - Seminar, Student - Project

Advanced study in various subjects through seminars on topics to be selected each year, informal group studies of special problems, group participation in comprehensive design problems, or group research on complete problems for analysis and experimentation.

250  Research  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing

Restrictions: none       Activities: Laboratory

In this course, students will work together with a primary research advisor to select a research question and design a project plan that will be carried out by the student. Through this experience, the student will gain experience in research strategy and execution, as well as experimental techniques and analysis and interpretation of results. At the conclusion of this course, the student will present on their progress.

260  Translational Challenges in Medicine  (1 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Shuman       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: none       Activities: Seminar

The course provides an understanding of the nature of some of the technical and scientific limitations in treating people with serious diseases. Neurosurgeons, pediatric, orthopedic, and medical, surgical & neuro-oncologists will discuss the challenges they encounter in their practice, and opportunities for advancing their fields by new inventions, and discoveries. Students will actively participate in organizing the lectures and discussing potential experimental solutions to these problems.

270  Translational Challenges: Diagnostics, Devices &Therapeutics  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): S. Roy

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

This course covers a broad range of topics in the development and operation of medical diagnostics, devices, and therapeutics and combines lectures, readings, case studies, and class discussion. It will feature regular UCSF faculty as well as industry professionals.

281  Biological Aspects of Bioengineering  (1 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): A. Abate       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Graduate standing.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the broad range of bioengineering research that is associated with biological applications. Students will be exposed to problems in cellular and molecular engineering, tissue engineering and modeling neural and complex systems. Each session will involve presentations from invited faculty members of specific areas of research.

282  Special Topics  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Roy       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in MTM Graduate Program.

Restrictions: Course is restricted to MTM Graduate Students.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

This course introduces students to the strategies applied to clinical study design for a variety of medical technologies. The main elements of a clinical protocol such as objectives, study design, patient population, sample size and endpoints will be taught in the context of company value creation and risk reduction. The course will be taught by industry experts who will use examples from their professional experience.

283  Designing Clinical Research for Industry  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Roy       Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing

Restrictions: Instructor approval required.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

Introduces students to the strategies applied to clinical study design for a variety of medical technologies. Main elements of a clinical protocol such as objectives, study design, patient population, sample size and endpoints will be taught in context of company value creation and risk reduction. Students will receive an overview on the regulatory requirements associated with conducting clinical trials for medical technologies. Course will be taught by industry experts.

285  Health Care Finance & Economics  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Spetz       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Project, Direct - Conference, Online - Web-based course work, Student - Lecture

This course focuses on how current health care financing systems and emerging trends affect strategic technology development and market decisions. This course is designed so students understand the underlying drivers of rising health spending, the policies that might slow it, and the impact of possible policies on future product markets. The course covers the fundamental components of health economics, financial analysis, and strategies to increase health care value.

296  MTM Capstone Project (UCSF)  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): S. Roy       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: This course is restricted to MTM program students.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Project, Student - Lecture, Student - Project

The objective of the MTM program is to develop leaders who can synthesize the technical, economic, and social issues involved in the design and operation of complex medical devices, systems, and organizations. Students will develop and demonstrate these skills through the capstone project and course activities. This course combines classroom instruction with outside project work. In addition to lecture, teams meet with outside mentors and develop project.

297  Special Study  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Seminar, Direct - Project, Direct - Conference, Student - Seminar, Student - Project

Reading and conferences for properly qualified students under the direction of a member of the staff.

298  Master's Thesis for Bioengineering  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Advancement to candidacy and permission of the graduate adviser

Restrictions: none       Activities: Direct - Project

For graduate students engaged in writing the thesis for the master's degree.

299  Dissertation  (0 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Advancement to candidacy and permission of the graduate adviser

Restrictions: Course is limited to students who have completed their fieldwork and are in the dissertation writing phase of their degree.       Activities: Direct - Independent Study

This course is for students who have finished research and data collection, and are writing their dissertation. It is customized by the instructor for each student(s), depending upon their exact dissertation topic.