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Tianfu Wu's lab has created a tool so sensitive it can detect biomolecules

Tianfu Wu used to dream of the day when cancer could be detected long before it was diagnosed. Now he sees that day dawning because of a system his research group created called the ultrasensitive polymeric sensing system (UPSS), which may detect biomarkers early – well before an illness strikes.

Finding Disease and Toxins Early: Tianfu Wu’s Laboratory Creates Ultra-Sensitive Detection Tool
Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina, Courtesy of NASA

The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is never far away.

UH Engineer to Host Conference on Hurricane and Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Chen Wu is enlightened

Chen Wu, Cullen College Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, is the winner of a $2,500 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship from SPIE, the international society advancing light‐based science, engineering and technology. SPIE (formed as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers) honors those, like Wu, for potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related fields.

International Organization Sees the Light, Awards Cullen College Ph.D. Student

When it comes to success in engineering studies, the data is clear: the better students do in their first-year core classes, the higher the chances that they will complete their engineering degrees.

Photos: First-Year Students Shine at First Year Experience Summit
When he's not out in the world assisting those in need, Pietro Cicalese is usually in the M.D. Anderson library studying.

In the summer of 2015 UH biomedical engineering student Pietro Cicalese found himself surrounded by astonishing squalor in Haiti. The area was densely populated yet there was no water or medical resources for the sick. And the houses – if you could call them that – were shacks.

“I have never seen anything like that. It was very eye opening to see poverty of that scale,” said Cicalese.

Cullen College Undergrad Spreads International Compassion and Kindness to Needy
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    Pietro Cicalese is an Engineering Student and Humanitarian

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  • Yingchun Zhang’s Electrodes Advance Treatment For Stroke Patients
    Yingchun Zhang’s Electrodes Advance Treatment For Stroke Patients

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  • GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!
    GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!

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  • A Perfect Marriage: Two Professors See Eye to Eye on Curing Retinal Disease
    A Perfect Marriage: Two Professors See Eye to Eye on Curing Retinal Disease

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  • How Ilknur Telkes Operates: Targeting Areas for Brain Surgery, Winning Award
    How Ilknur Telkes Operates: Targeting Areas for Brain Surgery, Winning Award

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    Vision Researcher Muayyad Al-Ubaidi Joins Faculty

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    Muna Naash, Expert on the Genetics of Retinal Disorders, Joins Faculty

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    Biomaterials and Nanofabrication Expert Sheereen Majd Joins Faculty

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    Neural Engineering Expert Mohammad Reza Abidian Joins Faculty

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    Brain-Machine Interface Expert Joe Francis Joins Faculty

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    We are engineering new strategies to grow bioartificial hearts

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    We are improving disease detection methods

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    We are making blood transfusions safer

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    We are finding new treatments for lupus

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    We are making groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience

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    We are promoting collaboration, interdisciplinary research and idea sharing

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Faculty Accolades

From left, Dr. Lintao Cai, Dr. Guanglin Li, Dr Metin Akay, chair, UH BME department, Dr. Hairong Zheng, Dr Yingchun Zhang, UH BME Department

The Cullen College department of biomedical engineering hosted a roster of distinguished international guests.

Global Visitors Come To Cullen College Biomedical Engineering Department

A biomedical engineer from the University of Houston will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how best to spur nerve regeneration in the nervous system.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration

Faculty Accolades

Professor Joe Francis is dedicated to making people feel whole again through brain work

If it has to do with the brain, Associate Professor of biomedical engineering Joe Francis’ neurons are crackling. While he continues teaching robots to sense what humans want through brain research, he’s just published a paper in the Journal of Neural Engineering where he shares his ideas to restore the lost sense of touch by electrical stimulation of the central nervous system.

Restoring the Sense of Touch Makes Professor Joe Francis Sensational

Two Cullen College biomedical engineering professors, Muna Naash, John S. Dunn Endowed Professor and Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, see eye-to-eye on just about everything.

Eyes on the Prize: Two Biomedical Engineers Awarded $1.1M to Study Unique Gene Specific to the Eye

Student Success

 Tianxiao Jiang studies brain and brings home prize

Of all the concepts that a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering has to grasp, grasping is at the top.

Biomed Grad Student Develops Algorithm for How Brain Controls Hand, Wins Award at International Brain Conference

Kian Torabian, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, will bring his innovative Sickle Cell Disease research to France as a 2016 recipient of the STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship.

Student Brings Sickle Cell Disease Research to France with Chateaubriand Fellowship

Student Success

Launch into Engineering is a launch into fun for high schoolers

Approximately 120 Houston high school students blasted onto the UH campus to launch into engineering! The 5th annual “Launch into Engineering” is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) outreach event to attract college-bound students to the STEM fields.

UH Society of Women Engineers Hosts High Schoolers
Biomedical engineering Ph.D. student Taha Salim studies the synergistic relationship between two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

A biomedical engineering professor and doctoral student published a paper in the journal PLOS One that reveals new insights into the synergistic relationship of two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

Biomedical Engineers Publish Paper on Key Drivers of Immune Response Following Infection

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