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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Picture a Scientist - Presented by HIVE, ImmunoXX+ and WiLSA film poster for "Picture A Scientist" with three illustrated women scientists conducting experiements

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The film will be open for screening from July 6th - July 10th.

There will be a special conversation after the film on Friday, July 10th at 3PM PDT via Zoom. Please register for more Zoom details and a special access code to view the film

PLEASE NOTE: The time for the panel discussion has changed from 4PM on Friday July 10th to 3PM on Friday July 10th. 

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. 

PICTURE A SCIENTIST was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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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