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Computer simulation software allows engineers to predict how certain materials will perform under specific – and often extreme – conditions. For instance, major advances in aerospace and flight were made possible due to engineering simulation based on computational solid mechanics, leading to pioneering work conducted by the company Boeing.

PHOTOS: H. David Hibbitt Rockwell Lecture
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.

The Clot Thickens: UH Engineer's New Method To Help Keep Donated Blood Supply Safe
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.

Turkish Consul General Visits Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Department
Pinar Kanlikilicer is fighting to end ovarian cancer with her discovery

A 2013 graduate of the UH biomedical engineering doctoral program, now completing her fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has discovered the existence of a tumor suppressor -- a micro ribonucleic acid (miRNA) -- inside ovarian cancer cells that could lead to new ways to combat the deadly disease.

How Ovarian Cancer Can Kill Itself – Discovered by UH Engineer

Friends of the UH Cullen College of Engineering gathered for barbeque, drinks and games to celebrate the college’s 75th anniversary and gear up for the 2016 UH Football Homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 12th outside of Engineering Building 1.

PHOTOS: UH Engineering Celebrates 75th Anniversary and Homecoming
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    Vision Researcher Muayyad Al-Ubaidi Joins Faculty

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    Muna Naash, Expert on the Genetics of Retinal Disorders, Joins Faculty

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    Biomaterials and Nanofabrication Expert Sheereen Majd Joins Faculty

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    Neural Engineering Expert Mohammad Reza Abidian Joins Faculty

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    Brain-Machine Interface Expert Joe Francis Joins Faculty

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    We are engineering new strategies to grow bioartificial hearts

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    We are improving disease detection methods

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    We are making blood transfusions safer

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    We are finding new treatments for lupus

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    We are making groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience

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    We are promoting collaboration, interdisciplinary research and idea sharing

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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.

Restoring the Sense of Touch Makes Professor Joe Francis Sensational
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.

The Clot Thickens: UH Engineer's New Method To Help Keep Donated Blood Supply Safe

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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.

Research Identifies New Blood Biomarkers for Lupus

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.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration

Student Success

Cullen College doctoral student Nathaniel Piety with award given by Donna M. Regan, president of AABB

UH biomedical engineering doctoral student Nathaniel Piety, who studies under Associate Professor Sergey Shevkoplyas, has been awarded for his work by the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) at the AABB Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in October.

Bloody good award goes to UH Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student

At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer.

Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College

Student Success

Maya Gough, a biomedical engineering graduate student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was invited to speak at the 2016 Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’16) International Conference this summer.

Biomedical Engineering Student Investigates the Effects of Vitamin Deficiency on Infectious Disease

At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer.

Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College

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