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Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering
Our main goal is to develop leadership in academia, government, and industry nationally and globally. The importance of global scientific, social, and cultural interaction and the demands of the dynamic, ever-changing global healthcare economy have been strongly emphasized in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The research in the graduate program focuses on three main areas, neural, cognitive, and rehabilitation engineering, biomedical imaging, and bionanoscience.
Why UH BME?
- Distinguished faculty that are focused on mentoring and developing leaders in the field of BME
- Proximity to the world's largest medical center
- Opportunities for multi-institutional collaboration and research
- 95% of current full-time Doctoral students are fully funded
- Located within a dynamic city, filled with culture, history, and activities for every passion
Nate Piety, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Shevkoplyas' lab, spent his summer in Finland under the Whitaker International Program Summer Grant. Below is the abstract of his project.
Abstract: We at the Blood Microfluidics Laboratory of Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas (UH BME) have previously developed a paper-based assay capable of diagnosing sickle cell disease (SCD) in a laboratory setting utilizing the pattern of the stain produced by a blood sample on paper, but the effects of humidity on the process of bloodstain formation in porous media such as paper are not well understood. Here, in collaboration with the laboratory of Prof. Jouko Peltonen, Center for Functional Materials (FUNMAT), Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, we investigated the effects of relative humidity on blood stain formation and developed an integrated paper-based humidity sensor. The results of this project will enable us to significantly improve reliability of the assay in field settings and ultimately enable successful deployment of our SCD test to health clinics in sub-Saharan Africa.