WELCOME to Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) at the Merced campus of the University of California.
The engineering sciences are undergoing a vast and fundamental metamorphosis from isolated disciplines to more integrative and multidisciplinary topics. The BEST emphasis offers individualized research-based programs of study in synergistic areas of Biological Engineering and Materials Engineering, leading to the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree under UC Merced’s Individual Graduate Program (IGP). Research projects are available on topics ranging from fundamental characterization of materials to tissue engineering, and coursework will provide a background in the tools of biologics and integration of modern materials.
Our faculty and staff take pride in combining exceptional teaching with state-of-the-art research to advance the education and research of this rapidly maturing discipline. Our researchers are actively participating both within and beyond the university community to apply biotechnology principles to the solutions of essential medical, technological, and societal challenges.
Kara E. McCloskey , Program Chair