Prospective Students

The Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies [BEST] graduate group offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for master-level and doctoral students who want to be at the forefront of the modern revolutions in bioengineering and/or nanotechnology.

The program encompasses two themes. One (with an emphasis on Bioengineering) seeks to discover and formulate design principles behind the structures and modes of operation of living matter at various length scales, ranging from biomolecules and cells to full organisms. The other(with an emphasis on Materials Science and Engineering) applies the tools of nanotechnology to create transformative nano materials with exciting new properties. Both themes include among their interests the implementation of nano-scale and/or bio-inspired devices for applications in human health, green energy, artificial intelligence, and environmental sensing. BEST students will be exposed to, and benefit from, a thoroughly multidisciplinary training that synergistically incorporates elements from engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Our students also enjoy a wide choice of experiences from a rich toolset that includes:

❯ molecular and cell biology; biophysics; advanced spectroscopy and imaging; protein engineering; microfluidics;
❯ materials synthesis and manipulation; electrochemical, electronic and optical characterization; structural analysis and imaging; cutting edge nano-manufacturing;
❯ computational modeling and simulation

All Ph.D. students in the BEST emphasis receive tuition and fee support, as well as a stipend, so long as requirements are met. We encourage applications from students with undergraduate degrees in any relevant discipline.

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, Ste KL 227
Merced, CA 95343


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