David V. Schaffer

David Schaffer

The Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering

email: schaffer@berkeley.edu
office: 274 Stanley Hall
phone: 510.643.5963
fax: 510.642.4778
lab: 278 Stanley Hall
lab phone: 510.642.4923

Research Group
Recent Publications

Research Interests

Biomedical Engineering

We have developed a research program that employs molecular and cellular engineering approaches to attempt to investigate biomedical problems. In particular, our lab is interested in the related areas of gene therapy and stem cell biology, with applications to therapies for diseases of the nervous system.


  • B.S. Stanford University (1993)
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998)
  • Distinguished Lindsey Lectureship, Texas A&M (2012)
  • Eagleson Award, American Biological Safety Association (2012)
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (2010)
  • Robert W. Vaughan Lectureship, California Institute of Technology (2008)
  • American Chemical Society BIOT Division Young Investigator Award (2006)
  • Van Ness Award Lecturer, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (2006)
  • Departmental Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2003)
  • Technology Review Magazine "Top 100 Innovator Under 35" (2002)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (NorCal) Excellence in Teaching Award (2002)
  • Family Faculty Award (2001)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2001)
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (2001)
  • The Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Shaffer Young Investigator Award (2000)
  •  U.C. Berkeley Wills Neuroscience Institute Member (1999)
  • Regents' Junior Faculty Award (1999)