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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.

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

Kian Torabian, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, will bring his innovative Sickle Cell Disease research to France as a 2016 recipient of the Chateaubriand Fellowship.

Student Brings Sickle Cell Disease Research to France with Chateaubriand Fellowship

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 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.

UH Engineer Targets Corneal Disease Through Imaging and Analysis

Joseph T. Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has earned four grants amounting to more than $4 million since he joined the faculty at the UH Cullen College of Engineering less than six months ago.

Professor Earns Multiple Awards Worth Millions for Brain-Machine Interface Research
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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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    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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Faculty Accolades

Maternal exposures to alcohol and nicotine, which are sometimes abused during pregnancies, are linked to fetal growth retardation and neurotoxicity. However, the individual and combined effects of the toxins on molecular mechanisms of fetal development are poorly understood.

Engineer Earns Millions to Explore Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine on Brain Development in Mice
Tianfu Wu

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease without a cure and without a highly effective treatment option. Many scientists believe that genetics and environmental factors interact to cause immune cells in the human body to overreact and attack healthy cells and organs in the estimated 1.5 million Americans affected by the disease.

Engineering Research Shows Potential for Helping Lupus Patients

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. In lupus patients, antibodies that are produced by the immune system’s B cells to protect the body against invading bacteria and viruses also attack the body’s healthy cells.

Engineering Professor Discovers Gene Linked to Lupus

Kirill Larin, professor and director of the biomedical engineering graduate program at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was recently elected a Fellow of The Optical Society, OSA.

Professor Elected Optical Society Fellow

Student Success

Majid Latif

Biomedical engineering student Majid Latif, a Ph.D. candidate in the May Multiscale Immunobiology Design Algorithms and Simulation (MIDAS) Lab at UH, recently won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research award.

Doctoral Student Wins National Research Labs Fellowship

The Office of Undergraduate Research’s 11th annual Undergraduate Research Day took place on Thursday, October 22nd in the Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library and the Honors College. At the event, over 175 undergraduate students from 11 University of Houston colleges showcased their research with poster and oral presentations.

PHOTOS: 2015 Undergraduate Research Day

Student Success

The Office of Undergraduate Research’s 11th annual Undergraduate Research Day took place on Thursday, October 22nd in the Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library and the Honors College. At the event, over 175 undergraduate students from 11 University of Houston colleges showcased their research with poster and oral presentations.

PHOTOS: 2015 Undergraduate Research Day
Majid Latif

Biomedical engineering student Majid Latif, a Ph.D. candidate in the May Multiscale Immunobiology Design Algorithms and Simulation (MIDAS) Lab at UH, recently won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research award.

Doctoral Student Wins National Research Labs Fellowship

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