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Screening for Skin Disease on Your Laptop
The founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Houston is reporting a new deep neural network architecture that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease...
Metin Akay, John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of biomedical engineering, has developed a new deep neural network that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis, a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs.

The founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Houston is reporting a new deep neural network architecture that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs. The proposed network, implemented using a standard laptop computer (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7), can immediately differentiate between images of healthy skin and skin with systemic sclerosis.  

Al-Ubaidi, Ardebili honored by Faculty Excellence Awards
A pair of Cullen College of Engineering professors have been honored in the University of Houston's 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards.
Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, Ph.D., a professor of Biomedical Engineering, was one of three faculty members chosen for the Moores Professorship.

A pair of Cullen College of Engineering professors have been honored in the University of Houston's 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards.

Cullen College improves again in U.S. News & World Report rankings
The stature of the Cullen College of Engineering has increased again, as it improved by its ranking by one in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report, up to the No. 66 rated graduate engineering program in the country.
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston has again increased its ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report, up one slot to No. 66 in the country.

The stature of the Cullen College of Engineering has increased again, as it improved by its ranking by one in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report, up to the No. 66 rated graduate engineering program in the country.

New Discoveries of Deep Brain Simulation Put It on Par with Therapeutics
Despite having remarkable utility in treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has confounded researchers, with a general lack of understanding of why it works at some frequencies and...
Nuri Ince, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is reporting that electrical stimulation of the brain at higher frequencies (above 100Hz) induces resonating waveforms which can successfully recalibrate dysfunctional circuits causing movement symptoms.

Despite having remarkable utility in treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has confounded researchers, with a general lack of understanding of why it works at some frequencies and does not at others.

BME, Physics Associate Professor Named Scialog Fellow
Mini Das Chosen for Her Cutting-Edge Research in Medical and Biological Imaging The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named University of Houston associate professor of physics and biomedical engineering Mini Das...
 Advancing Bioimaging fellows.

Mini Das Chosen for Her Cutting-Edge Research in Medical and Biological Imaging

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named University of Houston associate professor of physics and biomedical engineering Mini Das as a Scialog, or science dialog, Fellow for her work tackling the challenges of medical and biological imaging.

UH Researcher Develops, Tests Nano-Carrier as Potential Treatment for Brain Tumors
With a survival rate of only five years, the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, is notoriously hard to treat using current regimens that rely on surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and...
In this artistic illustration, prepared by Majd's former student You Jung Kang, IL13 ligands (represented by butterflies) carry the Dp44mT-loaded nanoparticles (represented by honey) from the vein (represented by red pipe) to the tumors (represented by the purple and red bugs), feeding and destroying the tumors.

With a survival rate of only five years, the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, is notoriously hard to treat using current regimens that rely on surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and their combinations.  

BME student’s capstone aims to help stroke, spinal cord injury patients
Arturo Velazquez, a senior at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, knows about the anxiety a medical issue can cause, and as a result, he’s attempting to make a difference by studying the field of Biomedical...
UH senior Arturo Velazquez has been recognized for his efforts in and outside of the classroom and research labs. He was one of six 2020 UH student recipients of scholarships from the Great Minds in STEM program.

Arturo Velazquez, a senior at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, knows about the anxiety a medical issue can cause, and as a result, he’s attempting to make a difference by studying the field of Biomedical Engineering.

6 Cullen College students selected for Great Minds in STEM scholarships
Six students from the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston have been honored by the Great Minds in STEM organization as 2020 scholars, and been rewarded with scholarships. For more than 30 years, GMiS has...
Senior Jose Vargas.

Six students from the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston have been honored by the Great Minds in STEM organization as 2020 scholars, and been rewarded with scholarships.

For more than 30 years, GMiS has served as an educational and national 501(c)3 nonprofit, whose vision is to be a national leader in keeping America technologically strong by promoting science, technology, engineering and math careers, especially in underserved communities.

UH graduate’s work identifies new clues behind vision loss due to impaired metabolism
A graduate of the biomedical engineering doctorate program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has published new research about how vitamin and protein deficiencies can lead to metabolic abnormalities in...
Dr. Tirthankar Sinha, a graduate of the biomedical engineering doctorate program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and now a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Claudio Soto's Lab at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has published new research about how vitamin and protein deficiencies can lead to metabolic abnormalities in the eye.

A graduate of the biomedical engineering doctorate program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has published new research about how vitamin and protein deficiencies can lead to metabolic abnormalities in the eye.

BME’s Y. Akay elevated to IEEE Senior Member
The end of 2020 brought a pleasant surprise to Dr. Yasemin M. Akay, an instructional associate professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering, as she was notified by the Institute of...
Dr. Yasemin M. Akay, an instructional associate professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering, was notified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers that she was promoted to Senior Member status in December 2020.

The end of 2020 brought a pleasant surprise to Dr. Yasemin M. Akay, an instructional associate professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering, as she was notified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers that she was promoted to Senior Member status.

Akay tabbed for IEEE EMBS president
Dr. Metin Akay, the founding chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, has been named the...
Dr. Metin Akay, the founding chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, has been named the president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

Dr. Metin Akay, the founding chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, has been named the president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

Papers from Cullen College of Engineering professors make the grade, analysis finds
Several professors and researchers at the University of Houston are among the most cited in the world, according to an October 2020 update by researchers from Stanford about paper citations.
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Several professors and researchers at the University of Houston are among the most cited in the world, according to an October 2020 update by researchers from Stanford about paper citations.

UH researchers discovering unique elegance of eye’s cell biology
New research from the Cullen College of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department is shedding light on how rod and cone photoreceptors in the eye work and interact.
Mashal Kakakhel, now a first year medical student, was lead author for a paper shedding light on how rod and cone photoreceptors in the eye work and interact. The work was done with Dr. Muna Naash, the John S. Dunn Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

New research from the Cullen College of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department is shedding light on how rod and cone photoreceptors in the eye work and interact.

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.

Nearing a Treatment for Farsightedness
UH Professor Developing New Technology to Detect Lens Elasticity A biomedical researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering is developing new technology that will measure the stiffness of the lens in the...
Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering, has received $3 million from the National Eye Institute to create a new technology capable of precise noninvasive and depth-resolved quantitative measurements of the lens mechanical properties in a clinical setting.

UH Professor Developing New Technology to Detect Lens Elasticity

A biomedical researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering is developing new technology that will measure the stiffness of the lens in the eye, which is likely associated with presbyopia, or farsightedness, the inevitable and age-related loss of the ability to focus on nearby objects.  

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.

Alcohol, Nicotine Co-Exposure During Pregnancy Significantly Increases Health Risk in Newborns
University of Houston researchers have found that during early pregnancy, the mix of alcohol and nicotine significantly alters the gene regulatory pathways of the developing fetus, which can lead to major deficiencies in brain...
Yasemin Akay works with students in the lab. Findings have reported that perinatal substance abuse may cause faulty assembly of certain brain networks.

University of Houston researchers have found that during early pregnancy, the mix of alcohol and nicotine significantly alters the gene regulatory pathways of the developing fetus, which can lead to major deficiencies in brain development. Metin Akay, founding chair and John S.

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.

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