The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology recently participated in a BayBio campaign to educate the public on the impact of life sciences on the environment, human health and the economy. A thirty second spot featuring the CSU ran on KPIX/KBCW, a CBS affiliate station, and was seen by half a million residents throughout the Bay Area and northern California.
Below are descriptions of the various campus projects highlighted in the spot.
A stunning aerial view of CSU East Bay and its surrounding community. The campus offers numerous undergraduate degrees in the life sciences, a professional science master's degree in biostatistics, and certificates in biotechnology, regulatory affairs and biofuels production.
Henk Postma, assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at CSU Northridge, and students work in a clean room. Postma developed theories on how to create nanogaps in graphene. The material has promise for DNA sequencing technologies of the future.
Marisa Leal, a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges Program fellow at San Francisco State, working on skeletal and cardiac muscle regeneration. Both SFSU and UC San Francisco faculty advise Leal as part of the CIRM-funded training program.
Student gains hands on experience during a Chemistry lab class at Sacramento State. Chemistry and biology undergraduates take on independent research projects and can concentrate in biomedical sciences, clinical laboratory sciences and biochemistry among a wide range of options.
Wincy Du, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at San José State, with students Adam Worsham and Christopher Nourse are calibrating a robot designed to carry out automated assembly of very delicate imaging catheters. The SJSU engineering school is the number one provider of engineers to Silicon Valley.
C.T. Lin, professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU Northridge, with graduate students Craig Euler and Lee Hern, are developing a wheelchair that can be controlled by brainwaves. CSU Northridge offers a new professional science masters degree in Assistive Technology Engineering.
Chelsea Rochman, Ph.D. student in Marine Ecology/ Ecotoxicology, skims a net along the water surface to pull plastic samples from an oceanic gyre. Both San Diego State and UC Davis faculty advise Rochman as part of a joint ecology doctorate program.
Caden Hare, Sonoma State student, standing in front of a biomass digester. Hare is a student of Michael Cohen, associate professor of Biology at Sonoma State, who works with the City of Santa Rosa on the Fuel from Aquatic Biomass (FAB) project.