Faculty Accolades

New Technology Could Improve LASIK Surgery, Eye Disease Detection
UH Professor to Create Ultrafast 3D Clinical Imaging System LASIK eye surgery – a laser reshaping of the cornea to improve vision – is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the United States, and a University of Houston...
Dr. Kirill Larin, University of Houston professor of biomedical engineering, is creating new technology to measure the elasticity of the cornea.

UH Professor to Create Ultrafast 3D Clinical Imaging System

LASIK eye surgery – a laser reshaping of the cornea to improve vision – is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the United States, and a University of Houston professor of biomedical engineering intends to improve upon it by giving surgeons more information about the cornea before they begin.  

Romero-Ortega receives $1.6M grant to study reversing urinary incontinence
A University of Houston researcher is working to reverse pelvic floor dysfunction, which can result in urinary incontinence, a condition affecting 30 percent to 60 percent of the female population and 5 percent to 15 percent of...
Mario Ignacio Romero-Ortega, Cullen Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is set to prove that selective and coordinated stimulation of individual pelvic floor muscle nerves will re-establish their normal strength and activity patterns, effectively reversing the symptoms of urinary incontinence.

A University of Houston researcher is working to reverse pelvic floor dysfunction, which can result in urinary incontinence, a condition affecting 30 percent to 60 percent of the female population and 5 percent to 15 percent of males.

Research from Akay Lab tops among IEEE popularity
A research paper earlier this year from the Akay Lab biomedical research team at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering continues to make an impact, as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (...
Dr. Yasemin Akay, a member of the Akay Lab biomedical research team.

A research paper earlier this year from the Akay Lab biomedical research team at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering continues to make an impact, as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society noted that is the IEEE’s second most popular paper in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library as of mid-September.

NSF Grant Funds Mathematicians, Biomedical Engineer
Interdisciplinary Research Seeks Direct and Efficient Delivery of Macromolecules to Cells Mathematicians and biomedical engineers are working to develop a simple, safe and efficient system to deliver macromolecules to a cell’s...
Sheereen Majd, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is co-PI on a $481,000 grant to develop a simple, safe and efficient system to deliver macromolecules to a cell’s interior.

Interdisciplinary Research Seeks Direct and Efficient Delivery of Macromolecules to Cells

Mathematicians and biomedical engineers are working to develop a simple, safe and efficient system to deliver macromolecules to a cell’s interior. The work could lead to improved use of macromolecules as therapeutics.

Lupus Research Alliance to support UH professor with Accelerator Award
Dr. Chandra Mohan, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been given a $300,000 award by the Lupus Research Alliance.
Dr. Chandra Mohan, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been given a $300,000 award by the Lupus Research Alliance.

Dr. Chandra Mohan, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been given a $300,000 award by the Lupus Research Alliance.

College honors 17 with yearly Faculty and Student Excellence Awards
Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering, announced that 17 students and faculty members had been selected as recipients in the 2019-2020 Faculty and Student Excellence Awards,...
Dr. David Shattuck of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering, announced that 17 students and faculty members had been selected as recipients in the 2019-2020 Faculty and Student Excellence Awards, which recognize teaching and research achievements.

UH Researcher Developing New Device to Treat Babies with Blood Disorders
With severe blood disorders, such as leukemia, doctors often rely on leukapheresis, a procedure in which large machines extract whole blood from patients to separate white blood cells from the rest of the blood, which is then...
Biomedical engineering professor Sergey Shevkoplyas  is using a $1.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to adapt microfluidic technology to enable leukapheresis in babies.

With severe blood disorders, such as leukemia, doctors often rely on leukapheresis, a procedure in which large machines extract whole blood from patients to separate white blood cells from the rest of the blood, which is then returned back to the patient. This procedure is generally used to urgently reduce a dangerously elevated white blood cell count, or to collect various white blood cell subsets for therapeutic purposes. 

UH and Harvard Researchers Join Forces For Usher Syndrome Research
NIH-funded project to explore whether gene therapy can correct genetic deafness A world-renowned authority on genetic mutations associated with hereditary retinal disorders from the University of Houston is working with a...
Muna Naash, John S. Dunn Endowed Professor with joint appointments at the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the UH College of Optometry.

NIH-funded project to explore whether gene therapy can correct genetic deafness

A world-renowned authority on genetic mutations associated with hereditary retinal disorders from the University of Houston is working with a researcher from Harvard Medical School specializing in the diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) to advance research involving gene therapy options that could one day expand treatment of patients suffering from Usher syndrome.

Under the Lens: Link Between Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa
UH Research Team Examines Eye Disease with $2.5 Million Award   Four words you never want to hear from the eye doctor are retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. Both are genetic disorders that can cause loss of vision...
Retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration are both genetic disorders that can cause loss of vision and neither has a cure.

UH Research Team Examines Eye Disease with $2.5 Million Award

 

Four words you never want to hear from the eye doctor are retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. Both are genetic disorders that can cause loss of vision and neither has a cure. A team of biomedical researchers at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering is now tackling both eye diseases by exploring a protein in the retina that links them: peripherin2 (prph2).

UH Engineer Included Among Medical and Biological Engineering Elite
Kirill Larin Elected To AIMBE’s College of Fellow   The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) elected Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering to its...
Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering

Kirill Larin Elected To AIMBE’s College of Fellow

 

The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) elected Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering to its prestigious College of Fellows.

UH Research Related to Full-Color X-ray Images Highlighted
Research from the Das Laboratory for Imaging Innovations at the University of Houston was recently highlighted in Nature Reviews Physics in a feature article titled “X-ray images in full color.”
Mini Das, associate professor of biomedical engineering and physics at UH.

Research from the Das Laboratory for Imaging Innovations at the University of Houston was recently highlighted in Nature Reviews Physics in a feature article titled “X-ray images in full color.”

Testing New Treatment for Epilepsy Patients
Seizure Onset Zone Located Immediately, Dealt With   University of Houston associate professor of biomedical engineering Nuri Ince, who pioneered a dramatic decrease in the time it takes to detect the seizure onset zone (SOZ)...
Location of the seizure onset zone varies in each patient. The procedure to locate it begins with surgical insertion of electrodes.

Seizure Onset Zone Located Immediately, Dealt With

 

University of Houston associate professor of biomedical engineering Nuri Ince, who pioneered a dramatic decrease in the time it takes to detect the seizure onset zone (SOZ) in the brain, has been awarded $2.3 million by the National Institutes of Health to expand his testing in a large number of adult and pediatric epilepsy cases.

Blood Clotting Proteins Discovered as Biomarkers of Lupus Nephritis
Finding Could Lead to Better Clinical Disease Monitoring   University of Houston researcher Chandra Mohan is reporting in Arthritis Research and Therapy that clotting proteins, both those that promote blood clots (pro-...
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Finding Could Lead to Better Clinical Disease Monitoring

 

University of Houston researcher Chandra Mohan is reporting in Arthritis Research and Therapy that clotting proteins, both those that promote blood clots (pro-thrombotic) and those that work to dissipate them (thrombolytic), are elevated in the urine of patients who suffer from lupus nephritis (LN).

Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Gen Parkinson’s Disease Therapy
University of Houston Researchers Report Adaptable Stimulation Treatment  
New brain biomarkers are key to improving the technology to make brain stimulators responsive, or smart.

University of Houston Researchers Report Adaptable Stimulation Treatment

 

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy
Findings Could Help Seamlessly Integrate Prosthetics   A University of Houston engineer is reporting in eNeuro that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward by...
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Findings Could Help Seamlessly Integrate Prosthetics

 

A University of Houston engineer is reporting in eNeuro that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward by examining the interactions between single-neuron activities and the information flowing to these neurons, called the local field potential.

Researchers Developing Early Detection, Home Monitoring Tests for Lupus Nephritis
Transformative Research Empowering Patients to Monitor Themselves   With $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering biomedical researchers are...
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Transformative Research Empowering Patients to Monitor Themselves

 

With $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering biomedical researchers are moving the needle on early detection and monitoring of kidney nephritis, or inflammation, in patients who have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, known simply as lupus.

New Data Suggests Nicotine While Pregnant Alters Genes
Findings May Point to Potential Cure for Addiction  
In response to nicotine exposure during pregnancy, dopamine neurons were significantly activated in utero, allowing the release of unusually high levels of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex.

Findings May Point to Potential Cure for Addiction

 

Understanding Congenital Heart Defects To Prevent Them
UH Engineer Using Optical Equipment to Watch Heart Develop   To understand cardiovascular failures, the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths in infants, UH professor of biomedical engineering Kirill Larin is teaming up...
Determining how hearts develop in utero is critical to understanding congenital heart defects.

UH Engineer Using Optical Equipment to Watch Heart Develop

 

To understand cardiovascular failures, the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths in infants, UH professor of biomedical engineering Kirill Larin is teaming up with Baylor College of Medicine professor of cellular and molecular physiology Irina Larina on a chicken and egg hunt.

Watching an Embryo’s Neural Tube Close
First-in-Class Technology to Deliver Images of Birth Defect as it Happens  
Before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant, an embryo will have already developed a neural tube.

First-in-Class Technology to Deliver Images of Birth Defect as it Happens

 

UH Alumna’s Paper Lands In Prestigious PNAS Journal
Collaborative Effort Yields Parkinson’s Disease Research Findings  
Ilknur Telkes (Ph.D. BME 2017) published in prestigious PNAS journal with paper on research conducted at UH.

Collaborative Effort Yields Parkinson’s Disease Research Findings

 

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