Transforming Breakthroughs into Life-sustaining Solutions
Creating Materials, Building Devices

The Kidney Project seeks to develop a bioartificial kidney as a compact, surgically implanted, free-standing device to treat end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Envisioning Amazing Technologies

Dr. Lotz’s laboratory work focuses on identifying mechanisms of disc degeneration, developing novel diagnostics and therapies for low back pain, and spinal instrumentation.

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Professor Matthias Lutolf is a Full Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His highly innovative and cross-disciplinary research program is focused on the development of bio- and tissue-engineering strategies for improving organoid culture and enabling its translation to real-life applications.


Engineering Responses to Medically Challenging Issues

Monthly Lecture Series from Bioengineering Leaders

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00PM-1:00PM PDT - Join us for:  

Matthias Lütolf, PhD, Dip. Ing.​- Engineering Epithelal Organoid Developement


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A Message from HIVE director, Tejal Desai, PhD

Dear Bioengineering Community,

During this challenging time in our nation, I wanted to reach out to all of you.  We have an amazing bioengineering community, one that values diverse perspectives, approaches, and backgrounds.  We are also a community that tackles challenges head on.    Just like we have dove into the challenge of addressing COVID-19 with dedication and creativity, I urge you to think about how to best support each other right now amidst the racial, ethnic, and gender divisions that plague our nation.    We all have a responsibility to help eliminate racism, and the economic and health care inequalities that result.  Yet, experience has demonstrated that each of us must begin by first acknowledging the reality of the problem, our individual roles in both the causes and solutions, whether small or large, and the importance of standing up, taking action, and working together.  

Now, more than ever, we each need to advance the conversation in our program, our institutions, and our communities.  Conversation can bring us together, identify the challenges, focus our sights, unite our actions, and implement change.  The bioengineering community can and must meet the challenges of this moment and is committed to supporting all of you as we go forward. 

Tejal Desai,  PhD

Ernest L. Prien Endowed Chair and Professor

Deborah Cowan Endowed Professor

Director, Health Innovations Via Engineering (HIVE) Initiative

Health Innovations via Engineering (HIVE) is an initiative to strengthen the community of engineers across UCSF.


Through supporting and promoting efforts of our finest engineers, HIVE aims to transform the amazing discoveries of basic science into applicable technological solutions for health. HIVE is a virtual meeting place of ideas and technology exchange. It is also an address for clinicians to reference engineering needs and find engineering solutions. HIVE is a core to organize enriched relationships with other engineering-enabled institutions, and a hive from which the university builds bridges to engineer innovations in healthcare.

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