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Undergraduate Students Construct Lab Instrument
Inside the Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Research Core Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind instrument that could help scientists better...
Undergraduate biomedical engineering students Arjun Vasan (left) and Basilios Sideris demonstrate how to operate the homemade lab instrument they developed over the course of the last year. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Inside the Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Research Core Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind instrument that could help scientists better understand how radiation from low-level lasers affects cellular processes.

Yet the inventors of this machine are not seasoned researchers, but rather two University of Houston undergraduate students working to fulfill the last year of requirements for their biomedical engineering degrees.

Effecting Change: UH Engineering Students Aid Needy Hospitals Overseas
Dominique Lim spent the better part of her life in a country where diseases that modern medicine have made practically unheard of are commonplace. In...
Sophomore biomedical engineering majors Kevin Shih and Sheetal Shah sort medical supplies for Project Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supplying needy hospitals and clinics overseas with the tools to fight disease. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Dominique Lim spent the better part of her life in a country where diseases that modern medicine have made practically unheard of are commonplace.

In her native Philippines, a country with a population soaring past 90 million in an area slightly larger than the state of Arizona, lack of healthcare and ill-equipped hospitals make ailments such as typhoid and tetanus more prominent.

Study by UH, Texas A&M Professors to Explore Bone Loss in Astronauts
Missions to the moon to build a lunar outpost and later excursions to Mars requiring longer commitments by astronauts are among the trips topping...
Martinez

Missions to the moon to build a lunar outpost and later excursions to Mars requiring longer commitments by astronauts are among the trips topping NASA’s forthcoming itinerary.

To be successful, the half-century-old space agency must address one key health problem facing astronauts spending extended periods in weightless conditions—bone loss.

NFL Grant Supports Gene Therapy Study to Benefit Athletes
A treatment being developed by two University of Houston researchers could allow athletes playing in the National Football League a faster return to...
Martinez

A treatment being developed by two University of Houston researchers could allow athletes playing in the National Football League a faster return to the field after injury.

With the support of $118,693 in grant funding from National Football League Charities, Daniel Martinez and David Zimmerman will investigate the use of gene therapy to heal damaged ligament.

Board Approves New Biomedical Engineering Department at UH
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the establishment of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston...

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the establishment of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

The first department added at the college in more than 35 years, officials said it could be implemented as early as spring 2009.

Engineering Students Present at Undergraduate Research Day
Michael Leba spent this past summer engrossed in the beginnings of a research project that may one-day aid diabetics. Only last month did the senior...
Senior Michael Leba is pictured demonstrating research highlighted at the university’s Undergraduate Research Day. He was among 10 students from the Cullen College to participate in the annual event. Others from the college included Robert Hood, Max Lingamfelter, Basilios Sideris, Minh Tran, Nadia Dowla, Thuan Pham, Oliver Rivera, Arol Vicent and Kevin Weaver. Photo by Tom Shea.

Michael Leba spent this past summer engrossed in the beginnings of a research project that may one-day aid diabetics.

Only last month did the senior biomedical engineering major finish the 10-week stint in the University of Houston’s Biomedical Optics Laboratory where he devoted hours to determining whether there is a direct correlation between cornea thickness and changes in glucose concentrations.

Engineering Professors Part of Study on New Artifical Heart Technology
Two mechanical engineering professors will have a hand in creating technology that could give those on the long waiting list for a heart transplant a...
Franchek

Two mechanical engineering professors will have a hand in creating technology that could give those on the long waiting list for a heart transplant a second chance.

Engineering Professor to Head NIH Study Section
Ralph W. Metcalfe, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and mathematics, was recently appointed chair of the National Institutes of...
Metcalfe

Ralph W. Metcalfe, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and mathematics, was recently appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Devices Study Section.

The study section’s scientific review administrator selected Metcalfe, who has served on the section since June 2004, for the position.

Engineering Organizations Present Professor With High Honors
Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering,...
Larin

Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, for achievements in his biomedical optics and imaging research.

The 2008 Outstanding Young Scientist Award was presented to Larin in February by the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology. The award recognized him for significant success in his first five years of research.

College Offering Scholarships for Accelerated B.S. to Graduate Program
NSF grant will fund more than 30 students over the next five years The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $600,000 grant...

NSF grant will fund more than 30 students over the next five years

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for students in the college’s accelerated B.S. to graduate degree program.

Imaging Device To Benefit Patients of In Vitro Fertilization
A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is developing an imaging device that could increase the success of patients...
Larin

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is developing an imaging device that could increase the success of patients attempting to have children through in vitro fertilization.

Biomedical Engineering Student Conducts Research Overseas
Junior Austin Head spends 11 weeks investigating nanotechnology through the NanoJapan Program It is not uncommon for undergraduate engineering...
UH NanoJapan participant Austin Head (right), and longtime friend Craig Corcoran, a mechanical engineering major at Rice University who also participated in the program, visit Lake Tazawa, Japan's deepest lake. Photo provided by Austin Head.

Junior Austin Head spends 11 weeks investigating nanotechnology through the NanoJapan Program

It is not uncommon for undergraduate engineering students to seek out research opportunities over summer break, nor is it unusual for them to take a few weeks to travel overseas. This summer, Austin Head, a junior biomedical engineering major with the Cullen College of Engineering, got to do both through the NSF-funded NanoJapan Program.

Navy Taps UH Researcher to Develop Diagnostic Tool
For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness....

For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness. This condition, which affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure surrounding their bodies, can cause anything from joint pain—better known as the bends—to seizure, stroke, coma, and, in the most extreme cases, death.

Mechanical Engineering Renovates Biomedical Lab
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has nearly completed the renovation of its...
The newly renovated biomedical engineering laboratory includes over $600,000 worth of equipment moved from the Connective Tissue Physiology Laboratory for students and professors to conduct advanced research in the field. Photo by Todd Spoth.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has nearly completed the renovation of its Biomedical Engineering Core Research Lab.

Physicians and Engineers Pool Resources to Prevent Stroke
Ralph Metcalfe, professor of mechanical engineering and deputy director of the UH biomedical engineering program, and his graduate student, Aishwarya...

Ralph Metcalfe, professor of mechanical engineering and deputy director of the UH biomedical engineering program, and his graduate student, Aishwarya Mantha, are working on a new tool to improve brain aneurysm treatment. Metcalfe and Mantha are working with physicians and scientists at the Methodist Neurological Institute (NI) to determine which brain aneurysms are at highest risk of rupture and could cause a stroke.

Student Researchers Honored at Sigma Xi Research Day
Several members of the Cullen College of Engineering were honored at the annual research day of the University of Houston chapter of Sigma Xi, the...

Several members of the Cullen College of Engineering were honored at the annual research day of the University of Houston chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and global honor society of scientists and engineers.

UH Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program a Success
Biomedical engineering undergraduate students at the UH Cullen College of Engineering gained ‘real world’ experience while participating in a...

Biomedical engineering undergraduate students at the UH Cullen College of Engineering gained ‘real world’ experience while participating in a research-intensive summer internship program at The Methodist Hospital. The students explored several areas of study within the biomedical field, while researching under the direction of mentors in pathology, neurology, radiology, and cardiology laboratories.

UH Biomedical Engineering Junior Wins Fellowship for Model of Human Vascular System
The American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) awarded a $500 fellowship to University of Houston biomedical engineering junior Hassan...

The American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) awarded a $500 fellowship to University of Houston biomedical engineering junior Hassan Khalil at their 51st Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. last weekend. The ten awards offered by ASAIO are separated into two categories—one for undergraduate students and another for graduate students and professional engineers. Khalil was awarded a fellowship from the latter group.

Metcalfe, Vekilov Named Deputy Directors for Biomedical Engineering Program
The Biomedical Engineering Program, which was launched last fall by the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, is quickly attaining a...

The Biomedical Engineering Program, which was launched last fall by the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, is quickly attaining a full staff with director Matt Franchek naming Ralph Metcalfe and Peter Vekilov as deputy directors for the program. Franchek, who has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Dynamic Systems and funded by the National Science Foundation, serves as the mechanical engineering chairman.

New Biomedical Engineering Program Set to Launch at UH in Fall
Plans to begin a new Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Houston cleared one last administrative hurdle recently when the Texas...

Plans to begin a new Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Houston cleared one last administrative hurdle recently when the Texas Coordinating Board granted its approval for a new undergraduate program in the field. The program will be launched at the UH Cullen College of Engineering this fall semester.

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