The Jacobs School of Engineering is inventing the future of digital wellness, personalized health and precision medicine.

The Jacobs School is a world leader in the development of a wide range of enabling technologies and real-time data analysis tools that are crucial for realizing the potential of personalized health monitoring, precision medicine and digital wellness.


At the same time, we are deploying real-world applications in the field and the clinic for personalized, precision medicine and digital wellness.


Below are some of the projects we are working on.

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February 27, 2020

Scientists Design Way to Use Harmless Bacteria to Detect Heavy Metals in Drinking Water

A team from UC San Diego and the San Diego startup Quantitative BioSciences has a new approach to continuous monitoring of heavy metal contamination in drinking water using bacteria as sensors of contamination. The team recently published their advances in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Full Story

February 5, 2019

UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine

At the University of California San Diego, engineers, computer scientists, physicians and clinical researchers work together to improve human health. The collaborations span the lab, the clinic and the classroom. The work addresses a broad array of medical innovations, drives the next generation of medical care, and helps people live longer, healthier lives.  Full Story

March 13, 2017

New nano-implant could one day help restore sight

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.  Full Story

February 9, 2017

Innovators Wanted: UC Health Hack Seeks New Ideas to Solve Critical Health Problems

Think you have an idea that will change health care but need the means to bring your innovation to fruition? Register for UC Health Hack, a two-day interdisciplinary hackathon that will bring students, physicians, researchers, industry professionals and community members together to grapple with integrative medicine and global health issues in a fast-paced competition.UC San Diego Health, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, UC Irvine Health and the UC San Diego student-led chapter of Engineering World Health are partnering for the first time to host the hackathon March 4-5. Full Story

January 13, 2017

Teaching Computers to recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome

A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San Diego succeeded in training computers to “learn” what a healthy versus an unhealthy gut microbiome looks like based on its genetic makeup. Since this can be done by genetically sequencing fecal samples, the research suggests there is great promise for new diagnostic tools that are, unlike blood draws, non-invasive.  Full Story

December 8, 2016

Creating Clinical Bioengineers

In a clinical bioengineering class, students observe physicians, identify problems in their clinical practices, and propose engineering-based solutions to bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside. In some cases, students have even obtained funding to turn their solutions into reality. Full Story

November 14, 2016

What Molecules You Leave on Your Phone Reveal About Your Lifestyle

We leave behind trace chemicals, molecules and microbes on every object we touch. By sampling the molecules on cell phones, UC San Diego researchers constructed lifestyle sketches for each phone’s owner, including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status and locations visited. This proof-of-concept study could have a number of applications, including environmental exposure studies, medication adherence monitoring, clinical trial participant stratification, criminal profiling and airport screening. Full Story

November 9, 2016

'Exceptional' nanosensor architecture based on exceptional points

Engineers from UC San Diego have developed a novel design for a compact, ultra-sensitive nanosensor that can be used to make portable health-monitoring devices and to detect minute quantities of toxins and explosives for security applications.  Full Story

November 3, 2016

Tackling Changes and Challenges With Robotics

 An aging, and sometimes ailing, population. An increasing number of self-driving cars and delivery drones. More complex and automated factories. These are just some of the coming changes discussed at the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute’s third annual forum. The overarching topic, “Shared Autonomy: New Directions in Human-Machine Interaction,” will be important for defining the future of human health and well-being at the level of individuals, communities and societies.       Full Story

November 2, 2016

Engineers develop new magnetic ink to print self-healing devices that heal in record time

NanoEngineers at UC San Diego have developed a magnetic ink that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and wearable, textile-based electrical circuits. The work represents an important step towards widespread practical applications for long-lasting printed electronic devices. Such devices could be integrated into a wide range of health- and environment- monitoring applications and beyond.  Full Story