Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Accolades

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. 

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.

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.

Fish Oil Supplements Offer Promising Results for Lupus Patients
An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide live with a form of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder, and...

An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide live with a form of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder, and approximately 16,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the Lupus Foundation of America website. Almost 90 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are women between the ages of 15 and 44.

Biomedical Engineering Chair Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree from Aalborg University
Metin Akay, founding chair of the biomedical engineering department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, received an honorary doctoral degree in...

Metin Akay, founding chair of the biomedical engineering department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, received an honorary doctoral degree in biomedical engineering and science from Aalborg University in Denmark on Friday, April 17.

Journal Features Professor and Ph.D.’s Heart Muscle Research on Cover
Researchers at the Cullen College’s biomedical engineering Artificial Heart Laboratory (AHL) have recently accomplished a feat valued to researchers...
Birla (left) with Patel in his lab.

Researchers at the Cullen College’s biomedical engineering Artificial Heart Laboratory (AHL) have recently accomplished a feat valued to researchers across the world: their research was not only chosen for publication in a scholarly journal, but their illustrations were also chosen to serve as the journal’s cover art.

BME Professor Takes Outreach to Trinidad
Outreach is an important part of the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s mission, and many professors, staff members and students work in and around...
Birla delivering his lecture at CYSF (Image courtesy of NIHERST)

Outreach is an important part of the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s mission, and many professors, staff members and students work in and around the Houston area promoting STEM education, involvement and research.

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.

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