September 9, 2019
A new study funded by the ICB and under the leadership of Barry Giesbrecht suggests the possibility of a dual process for recall coding in oscillatory brain activity. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.
April 5, 2019
Caltech Provost and McCollum-Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering David Tirrell is the recipient of the 2019 American Chemical Society's (ACS) Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry. Tirrell has been with the ICB since its inception and we are honored to have this association as he is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the development of artificial proteins and noncanonical amino acids.
February 21, 2019

In recognition of promising early-career achievements,Thomas Sprague, ICB project leader and assistant professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UCSB  has received a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Each year the foundation selects fellows from a diverse group of researchers nominated by their peers.

January 4, 2019

A research team led by the ICB's Mark Bathe, professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, has designed a computer program that allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA. 

December 14, 2018
Congratulations to David Tirrell for election as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Tirrell is one of only a handful of people to have been elected to the NAS, the NAE, the NAM, and now NAI. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received the Harrison Howe, S. C. Lind, and Madison Marshall Awards of the American Chemical Society, among other honors.
November 9, 2018
ICB Bio-Enabled Materials Project Leader, Guillermo Bazan is featured in the journal Advanced Materials 2018 Hall of Fame, a series of invited review-type articles that takes a snapshot of the leading research and best insights materials science has to offer while acting as a touchstone for future materials researchers.
October 3, 2018
Frances H. Arnold, an ICB–Caltech project leader and biochemical engineer, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work in the directed evolution of enzymes. Inspired by the biological processes that drive natural selection, Arnold’s pioneering technique emulates natural selection by breeding proteins with desirable traits through the application of random mutagenesis and rapid mutant screening.
July 30, 2018
ICB project leader and UCSB chemistry professor Songi Han has been awarded the Biophysical Society (BPS) Innovation Award for her inventions of solid-state and time-domain-capable dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) instrumentation and of Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization to characterize surface water in biological and soft materials.
February 7, 2018
Glenn H. Fredrickson, an ICB Project Leader and professor of UCSB’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Research Laboratory, researches new ways to simulate the structures soft materials, like polymers and complex liquids, for use in plastics and consumer goods. This involves studying the chemical structure of the monomers and other building blocks that help make up polymers.
November 11, 2017
The new bioengineering building at UCSB, which was formally approved in April of 2011 had it’s grand opening on Thursday, October 19th with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception which included comments from the ICB’s co-Director Brad Chmelka and ICB former Director and current John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University Dean Frank Doyle.