Biomedical Engineering

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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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.

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