Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Accolades

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...
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

 

Stool Proteins to Predict Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Method Less Invasive, Less Expensive than Colonoscopy   University of Houston researcher Chandra Mohan is set to make a breakthrough in predicting...
At left, Chandra Mohan, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor of biomedical engineering, with graduate student Sanam Soomro

Method Less Invasive, Less Expensive than Colonoscopy

 

University of Houston researcher Chandra Mohan is set to make a breakthrough in predicting and monitoring inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With $347,490 from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, he and IBD expert Subra Kugathasan, a gastroenterologist at Emory University, are examining stool protein biomarkers that indicate the disease.

Mission: Possible — Mapping Dangerous Terrain
UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers   Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a...
UH researchers are testing prototypes for the project in Brays Bayou.

UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers

 

Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a potentially hostile region offers obvious advantages, but current methods for doing that – especially along shorelines, where underwater mines and other hazards can pose serious risks – all have drawbacks. It is especially difficult if keeping the technology out of enemy hands is a priority.

Women and Lupus – Tackling the Debilitating Connection
With $2 Million Grant, UH Researcher Unraveling the Link
With a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UH biomedical engineer Chandra Mohan will examine why more women than men get lupus.

With $2 Million Grant, UH Researcher Unraveling the Link

NSF CAREER Winner Sheereen Majd to Improve Drug Delivery
UH Engineer Awarded for Developing Ideal Nanosystem for Therapeutic Applications   The National Science Foundation has awarded University of...
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UH Engineer Awarded for Developing Ideal Nanosystem for Therapeutic Applications

 

The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Houston biomedical engineer Sheereen Majd the CAREER Award and $500,000 to improve nanoparticle drug delivery. Majd’s research is focused on tailoring nanoparticle drug carriers to target a selected group of cells affected in different diseases while sparing other cells.

UH Biomedical Engineering Professor Appointed by National Science Foundation as Program Director
Elebeoba E. May, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received a $215,032...
Dr. E. May, UH biomedical engineering professor, appointed NSF program director

Elebeoba E. May, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received a $215,032 Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) award from the National Science Foundation.

Researchers Report Better Way to Create Organic Bioelectronics
New Fabrication Technique Allows More Control Over Electrical Properties With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the...
 Milad Khorrami & Mohammad Reza Abidian, University of Houston

New Fabrication Technique Allows More Control Over Electrical Properties

With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages.

Finding Disease and Toxins Early: Tianfu Wu’s Laboratory Creates Ultra-Sensitive Detection Tool
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...
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.

Treating Stroke Patients at the Intersection of Nerve and Muscle
A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National...
With high-density electrodes placed on the arm of grad student Nick Dias, Yingchun Zhang (far right) monitors muscle contractions to pinpoint the neuromuscular junction. Grad student Chuan Zhang, far left, observes.

A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded more than $434,000 to Assistant Professor Yingchun Zhang to delve deep into the neuromuscular junction, the connector of the nerve and muscle fiber, to calculate the exact spot to deliver the dose of motion-restoring Botox.

Global Visitors Come To Cullen College Biomedical Engineering Department
The Cullen College department of biomedical engineering hosted a roster of distinguished international guests.
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.

Eyes on the Prize: Two Biomedical Engineers Awarded $1.1M to Study Unique Gene Specific to the Eye
Two Cullen College biomedical engineering professors, Muna Naash, John S. Dunn Endowed Professor and Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, see eye-to-eye on just about...
 A marriage in the lab and in life

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.

The Clot Thickens: UH Engineer's New Method To Help Keep Donated Blood Supply Safe
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to America’s Blood Centers, generating a fundamental need to keep the blood...
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.

Turkish Consul General Visits Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Department
Cullen College’s biomedical engineering department was host to Houston’s Turkish consul general on Nov. 1. Ferhat Alkan met professors and visited...
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.

Restoring the Sense of Touch Makes Professor Joe Francis Sensational
If it has to do with the brain, Associate Professor of biomedical engineering Joe Francis’ neurons are crackling. While he continues teaching robots...
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.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration
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...

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.

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

Research Identifies New Blood Biomarkers for Lupus
Biomedical engineers at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have identified several new blood biomarkers that can help to predict which lupus...

Biomedical engineers at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have identified several new blood biomarkers that can help to predict which lupus patients will progress towards more severe forms of the disease.

UH Engineer Targets Corneal Disease Through Imaging and Analysis
A biomedical engineer at the University of Houston is developing new techniques to map the structural integrity of the human cornea, work that could...

A biomedical engineer at the University of Houston is developing new techniques to map the structural integrity of the human cornea, work that could lead to more effective therapies for degenerative corneal disease.

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