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UH Engineering Welcomes Four New National Academy of Engineering Faculty
The UH Cullen College of Engineering welcomes four National Academy of Engineering members to its faculty roster in the 2016- 2017 academic year,...

The UH Cullen College of Engineering welcomes four National Academy of Engineering members to its faculty roster in the 2016- 2017 academic year, bringing the total number of NAE faculty members at the college to 13.

Restoring the Sense of Touch Makes Professor Joe Francis Sensational
If it has to do with the brain, Associate Professor of biomedical engineering Joe Francis’ neurons are crackling. While he continues teaching robots...
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.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration
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...

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.

Postdoc Gives Gift of Sight to Children With Inherited Vision Loss
A postdoctoral fellow from the UH Cullen College’s department of biomedical engineering was recently awarded a Career Starter grant from the Knights...

A postdoctoral fellow from the UH Cullen College’s department of biomedical engineering was recently awarded a Career Starter grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. Rahel Zulliger received the $65,000 award to continue her research aimed at giving the gift of sight to young children with vision loss caused by inherited diseases and disorders.

Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College
At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer.

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

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

Student Brings Sickle Cell Disease Research to France with Chateaubriand Fellowship
Kian Torabian, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, will bring his innovative Sickle Cell Disease...

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 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship.

Research Identifies New Blood Biomarkers for Lupus
Biomedical engineers at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have identified several new blood biomarkers that can help to predict which lupus...

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.

UH Engineer Targets Corneal Disease Through Imaging and Analysis
A biomedical engineer at the University of Houston is developing new techniques to map the structural integrity of the human cornea, work that could...

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.

Professor Earns Multiple Awards Worth Millions for Brain-Machine Interface Research
Joseph T. Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has earned four grants amounting to more than $4 million since he joined the...

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.

UH Engineering Climbs U.S. News Rankings, Earns Spot on List of Nation's Best Schools
The UH Cullen College of Engineering is well on its way to becoming a Top 50 engineering college in the nation, earning a coveted spot on the list of...

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is well on its way to becoming a Top 50 engineering college in the nation, earning a coveted spot on the list of the Best Engineering Schools of 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

Engineer Earns Millions to Explore Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine on Brain Development in Mice
Maternal exposures to alcohol and nicotine, which are sometimes abused during pregnancies, are linked to fetal growth retardation and neurotoxicity....

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.

Award Allows Engineers to Pursue Technique for Assessing Systemic Sclerosis
Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering earned a $200,000 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Discovery Award from the U.S...

Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering earned a $200,000 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Discovery Award from the U.S. Department of Defense to further explore a quantitative assessment technique for systemic sclerosis (SSc). The autoimmune disorder is characterized by thickening of soft tissues in the body caused by accumulations of collagen. 

Professor Develops Screening Test to Help Save Lives of Children in Sub-Saharan Africa
Casual conversations around the dinner table belonging to a biomedical engineer and a health economist are as interesting as one might expect – and...

Casual conversations around the dinner table belonging to a biomedical engineer and a health economist are as interesting as one might expect – and potentially just as productive.

Engineering Professor Discovers Gene Linked to Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. In lupus patients,...

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.

Doctoral Student Wins American Heart Association Fellowship
Nathaniel Piety, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was recently awarded an American Heart...
Nathaniel Piety

Nathaniel Piety, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was recently awarded an American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship.

Engineering Research Shows Potential for Helping Lupus Patients
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease without a cure and without a highly effective treatment option. Many scientists believe that genetics and...
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.

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

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.

More Texas Teens Want to be Engineers When They Grow Up
A whopping 13 percent of Texas teens who took the 2015 SAT test indicated that they intended to study engineering in college. Engineering was listed...

A whopping 13 percent of Texas teens who took the 2015 SAT test indicated that they intended to study engineering in college. Engineering was listed as the second-most popular career choice for Texas teens -- 22 percent of students who reported their future plans indicated they were interested in healthcare professions. 

The Gift of Movement: Improving Brain Surgery for Parkinson's Disease Patients
Struggling to climb out of bed each morning after a restless night’s sleep with stiffness that, at times, slows movement to a standstill is a reality...

Struggling to climb out of bed each morning after a restless night’s sleep with stiffness that, at times, slows movement to a standstill is a reality for many Americans. Compounded by uncontrollable muscle movements, basic tasks such as bathing, dressing and eating become arduous efforts that take twice as long as they once did. This is an overly simplistic portrait of the challenges experienced by individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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