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Computer simulation software allows engineers to predict how certain materials will perform under specific – and often extreme – conditions. For instance, major advances in aerospace and flight were made possible due to engineering simulation based on computational solid mechanics, leading to pioneering work conducted by the company Boeing.

PHOTOS: H. David Hibbitt Rockwell Lecture
In the blood lab, where everything seems cast in red, are from left, Sergey Shevkoplyas, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and post doc fellows Hui Xia and Briony Strachan

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to America’s Blood Centers, generating a fundamental need to keep the blood supply healthy. A significant part of that process is to remove the white cells (leukocytes) from donated blood.

The Clot Thickens: UH Engineer's New Method To Help Keep Donated Blood Supply Safe
Ferhat Alkan (L), Houston's Turkish consul general, visits with biomedical Professor Sergy Shevkoplyas

Cullen College’s biomedical engineering department was host to Houston’s Turkish consul general on Nov. 1. Ferhat Alkan met professors and visited labs before having lunch with a few faculty and staff members.

Turkish Consul General Visits Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Department
Pinar Kanlikilicer is fighting to end ovarian cancer with her discovery

A 2013 graduate of the UH biomedical engineering doctoral program, now completing her fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has discovered the existence of a tumor suppressor -- a micro ribonucleic acid (miRNA) -- inside ovarian cancer cells that could lead to new ways to combat the deadly disease.

How Ovarian Cancer Can Kill Itself – Discovered by UH Engineer

Friends of the UH Cullen College of Engineering gathered for barbeque, drinks and games to celebrate the college’s 75th anniversary and gear up for the 2016 UH Football Homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 12th outside of Engineering Building 1.

PHOTOS: UH Engineering Celebrates 75th Anniversary and Homecoming
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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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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. In lupus patients, antibodies that are produced by the immune system’s B cells to protect the body against invading bacteria and viruses also attack the body’s healthy cells.

Engineering Professor Discovers Gene Linked to Lupus

Maternal exposures to alcohol and nicotine, which are sometimes abused during pregnancies, are linked to fetal growth retardation and neurotoxicity. However, the individual and combined effects of the toxins on molecular mechanisms of fetal development are poorly understood.

Engineer Earns Millions to Explore Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine on Brain Development in Mice

Faculty Accolades

Joseph T. Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has earned four grants amounting to more than $4 million since he joined the faculty at the UH Cullen College of Engineering less than six months ago.

Professor Earns Multiple Awards Worth Millions for Brain-Machine Interface Research
In a galaxy on UH campus, Professor Joe Francis is perfecting Jedi mind control

To the unfamiliar, it might seem a Jedi mind trick – the notion of controlling robots by simply thinking of what you wish for them to do. If so, then Joe Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Professor Joe Francis’ Mind is Teeming with Ways to Team with Robots

Student Success

Nathaniel Piety

Nathaniel Piety, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was recently awarded an American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship.

Doctoral Student Wins American Heart Association Fellowship

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

This summer, four biomedical engineering graduate students from the UH Cullen College of Engineering traveled to Seferihisar-Izmir, Turkey for the 15th International BIO-X Summer School program on Biocomplexity, Biodesign, Bioinnovation, Biomanufacturing and Bioenterpreneurship.

BME Students Selected for International Biosciences Summer Program

At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer.

Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College

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