John S Dunn Endowed Chair Professor
Prof. Metin Akay is currently the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and 1984, respectively and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1990
Dr. Akay has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books, editing several special issues of prestigious journals, including the Proc of IEEE, and giving more than hundred keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in biomedical engineering.
His Neural Engineering and Informatics Lab is interested in developing an intelligent wearable system for monitoring motor functions in Post-Stroke Hemiplegic Patients and detecting coronary artery disease. In addition, his lab is currently investigating the effect of nicotine on the dynamics of ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neural networks as well as the detection of coronary occlusions.
Dr. Akay’s research is focused on promoting Biomedical Education at all levels in the U.S. and internationally.
- Keller, RF, Kazemi, T, Dragomir, A, Akay, YM, Akay, M. Comparison between dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic neurons in the VTA following chronic nicotine exposure during pregnancy. Sci. Rep. 2019 Jan 24;9(1):445.
- Xia, H, Avci, N, Akay, YM, Esquenazi, Y, Schmitt, L, Tandon, N, Zhu, J, Akay, M. Temozolomide in Combination with NF-kB Inhibitor Significantly Disrupts the Glioblastoma Multiforme Spheroid Formation. IEEE OJEMB - Science. 2019 Dec 30; DOI: 10.1109/OJEMB.2019.2962801.
- Sugita, N, Akay, M, Akay, YM, Yoshizawa, M. Noise reduction technique for single color video plethysmography using singular spectrum analysis. IEEE J-BHI. 2019 Nov 6; DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2019.2949883