Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Accolades

Biomedical Engineering Professor Publishes First Comprehensive Textbook on Tissue Engineering
Faculty members in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering are no strangers to blazing trails – and Ravi Birla, associate professor...
Ravi Birla

Faculty members in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering are no strangers to blazing trails – and Ravi Birla, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is no exception.

Biomedical Engineering Researcher Studying Plant Extract as Possible Lupus Treatment
Chandra Mohan, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of...

Chandra Mohan, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering,  and his group have recent findings that raise optimism for a novel, more natural, therapeutic in lupus.

Medical Journal - Houston Features Shevkoplyas' Blood Transfusion Research
It’s no secret that blood transfusions save millions of lives every year. According to the American Red Cross, just one pint of donated blood can...

It’s no secret that blood transfusions save millions of lives every year. According to the American Red Cross, just one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives. And yet, the blood transfusion process is still not without flaws – in addition to healthy blood cells, transfused blood can also contain harmful materials such as the anticoagulant-preservative solution used to keep the cells alive during storage.

Biomedical Engineering Researcher Receives Grant to Study Novel Lupus Drug
In 2012, biomedical engineering professor Chandra Mohan published a study in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy which outlined the use of a...

In 2012, biomedical engineering professor Chandra Mohan published a study in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy which outlined the use of a new drug that successfully treated lupus in mice and reduced the number of cases of lupus-relat

Researchers Exploring Treatment for Lupus-Based Kidney Disease
Chandra Mohan has a theory about the development of lupus nephritis, the leading cause of lupus-related deaths. If he’s right, there may already be a...
A healthy human kidney (above) and a kidney from a lupus nephritis patient (below), which shows the disease's classic "flea bitten" look.

Chandra Mohan has a theory about the development of lupus nephritis, the leading cause of lupus-related deaths. If he’s right, there may already be a treatment.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack practically any part of the body. In lupus nephritis, it causes severe kidney inflammation, leading to hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations per year in the United State alone.

Blood Transfusions Made Safer through $1.8M Research Grant
Sergey Shevkoplyas wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Blood transfusions save millions of lives every year. Without them, routine surgeries...
After After several weeks in storage some blood cells remain healthy, while others are damaged and misshapen.

Sergey Shevkoplyas wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Blood transfusions save millions of lives every year. Without them, routine surgeries would become life threatening. They’re one of modern medicine’s absolute necessities.

Bioartificial Heart Developer Honored, Featured in Television Interview
Trinidad and Tobago honored Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and native son Ravi Birla this past weekend as one of its top medical...
Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Ravi Birla (left) receives an award for his bioartificial heart research from his home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago honored Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and native son Ravi Birla this past weekend as one of its top medical researchers.

Birla received the silver Emmanuel Ciprian Amoroso Award for Medical Sciences from the country’s National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST).

BME Professor Honored by Home Country for Heart Research
Ravi Birla, associate professor of biomedical engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, is one of the world’s...
UH biomedical engineering Associate Professor Ravi Birla holds a patch of cardiac muscle grown in his lab.

Ravi Birla, associate professor of biomedical engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, is one of the world’s leading researchers in the development of bioartificial hearts and heart components. Through this work, heart transplant waiting lists may one day be a thing of the past. Instead, patients at essentially any point in their care could receive bioartificial hearts grown in a lab.

Parkinson’s Surgery Research Wins NSF Grant
A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant to make brain surgery for patients with severe cases of...
Nuri Ince with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering will use data recorded by a deep brain probe to target the subthalamic nucleus, a section of the brain that misfires in Parkinson’s patients.

A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant to make brain surgery for patients with severe cases of Parkinson’s disease safer and more effective.

The grant goes to Nuri Ince, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering. Awarded by the National Science Foundation, it is valued at $330,000 for three years of work.

Imaging Expert Researching Submarine Escapes, Heart Development
A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is a co-investigator on grants covering surviving a submarine escape and...
Images from a device developed by Associate Professor Kirill Larin show blood with nitrogen bubbles (above) and without (below). A rapid decrease in air pressure can cause these bubbles to form, leading to decompression sickness.

A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is a co-investigator on grants covering surviving a submarine escape and understanding the basic mechanisms of embryonic heart development.

Professor Wins NIH Award for Incontinence Research
One of the newest faculty members with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a major grant to help develop new diagnostic...
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One of the newest faculty members with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a major grant to help develop new diagnostic tools for female incontinence by using his patient-specific modeling and non-invasive electrical source imaging techniques.

Retired Astronaut, Engineering Educator to Lead Aerospace Engineering Program
Who better to lead an aerospace engineering program than a retired astronaut with an engineering Ph.D. and a passion for education?

Who better to lead an aerospace engineering program than a retired astronaut with an engineering Ph.D. and a passion for education?

BME Faculty Meet with Turkish Health Minister
Members of the biomedical engineering department at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering met with Turkey’s Minister of Health...
Members of the College's biomedical engineering department met with Turkish government officials at a recent gathering in Houston.

Members of the biomedical engineering department at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering met with Turkey’s Minister of Health during his recent visit to Houston.

Mehmet Muezzinoglu came to the city earlier this month to meet with members of the area’s Turkish community, discuss plans for the future of his country’s healthcare services, and introduce the Turkish medical system to U.S. healthcare investors.

Engineering Takes Top Honors At Faculty Awards Ceremony
The Cullen College of Engineering shined at last night’s University of Houston Faculty Awards Banquet, with college professors taking home five...

The Cullen College of Engineering shined at last night’s University of Houston Faculty Awards Banquet, with college professors taking home five research and scholarship awards, the career teaching award and the university’s highest faculty honor, the Esther Farfel Award.

Bonnie Dunbar, Leader of UH STEM Center, Inducted to Astronaut Hall of Fame
Bonnie Dunbar, leader of the UH STEM Center and professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, will join...

Bonnie Dunbar, leader of the UH STEM Center and professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, will join the ranks of Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride as the latest member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Video: Q&A With Dr. Bonnie Dunbar
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is proud to present our Q&A session with Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., NAE. This video...
Dunbar

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is proud to present our Q&A session with Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., NAE. This video serves as a special supplement to the print version of our Q&A session with Dr. Dunbar, which can be found in our Spring 2013 issue of Parameters.

BME Welcomes Computational Neuroscience Expert
Ahmet Omurtag, an expert in computational neuroscience with experience developing new clinical tools in an entrepreneurial setting, has joined the...
Omurtag

Ahmet Omurtag, an expert in computational neuroscience with experience developing new clinical tools in an entrepreneurial setting, has joined the biomedical engineering department of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

College Welcomes Bonnie Dunbar, Retired Astronaut & NAE Member
Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut, National Academy of Engineering Member and alumna of the Cullen College of Engineering, has joined the University...
Dunbar

Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut, National Academy of Engineering Member and alumna of the Cullen College of Engineering, has joined the University of Houston as leader of a new STEM Center. The center will build upon programs throughout the university and leverage their success in the larger K-12 community. Dunbar has also accepted the position of professor in the college’s mechanical and biomedical engineering departments.

Focused Air Puff to the Eye Promises Improved Vision Care
It sounds pretty annoying, actually. A puff of air focused into a small spot and blown directly into the eyeball. But what’s annoying could...
Larin

It sounds pretty annoying, actually. A puff of air focused into a small spot and blown directly into the eyeball. But what’s annoying could drastically improve eye care, and even end up saving the vision of some people.

Akay Honored by Two Engineering Associations
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of the Cullen...
Akay

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, to its inaugural group of IEEE Brand Ambassadors.

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