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Cancer ‘guardian’ breaks bad with one switch, UH, Rice researchers show
A mutation that replaces a single amino acid in a potent tumor-suppressing protein turns it from saint to sinister. A new study by a coalition of...
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A mutation that replaces a single amino acid in a potent tumor-suppressing protein turns it from saint to sinister. A new study by a coalition of Texas institutions shows why that is more damaging than previously known. 

With Lithium in High Demand, UH Researcher Examines New Sources
As the energy transition motors on to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the need for lithium has grown exponentially over the past decade because...
Kyung Jae Lee, assistant professor of petroleum engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for $508,722 to contribute to the enhancement and diversification of the domestic supply of lithium.

As the energy transition motors on to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the need for lithium has grown exponentially over the past decade because lithium-ion energy storage (i.e., lithium-ion batteries) powers both electric vehicles and renewable solar and wind electricity generation.  

UH Researcher Develops, Tests Nano-Carrier as Potential Treatment for Brain Tumors
With a survival rate of only five years, the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, is notoriously hard to...
In this artistic illustration, prepared by Majd's former student You Jung Kang, IL13 ligands (represented by butterflies) carry the Dp44mT-loaded nanoparticles (represented by honey) from the vein (represented by red pipe) to the tumors (represented by the purple and red bugs), feeding and destroying the tumors.

With a survival rate of only five years, the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, is notoriously hard to treat using current regimens that rely on surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and their combinations.  

UH graduate's work identifies new clues behind vision loss due to impaired metabolism
A graduate of the biomedical engineering doctorate program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has published new research...
Dr. Tirthankar Sinha, a graduate of the biomedical engineering doctorate program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and now a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Claudio Soto's Lab at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has published new research about how vitamin and protein deficiencies can lead to metabolic abnormalities in the eye.

A graduate of the biomedical engineering doctorate program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has published new research about how vitamin and protein deficiencies can lead to metabolic abnormalities in the eye.

New Clues Help Explain Why PFAS Chemicals Resist Remediation
Work Suggests New Avenues for Cleaning Up These ‘Forever Chemicals’   The synthetic chemicals known as PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and...
Research led by Konstantinos Kostarelos of UH Energy suggests why PFAS, known as “forever chemicals” because they can persist in the environment for decades, are so difficult to permanently remove and offers new avenues for better remediation practices.

Work Suggests New Avenues for Cleaning Up These ‘Forever Chemicals’

 

The synthetic chemicals known as PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are found in soil and groundwater where they have accumulated, posing risks to human health ranging from respiratory problems to cancer.

Tapping the Brain to Boost Stroke Rehabilitation
Clinical Trial Suggests Brain-Machine Interface Coupled with Robot Offers Increased Benefits for Stroke Survivors Stroke survivors who had ceased to...
A clinical trial found that stroke survivors gained clinically significant arm movement and control by using an external robotic device powered by the patients’ own brains.
Clinical Trial Suggests Brain-Machine Interface Coupled with Robot Offers Increased Benefits for Stroke Survivors

Stroke survivors who had ceased to benefit from conventional rehabilitation gained clinically significant arm movement and control by using an external robotic device powered by the patients’ own brains.

New Drug Discovery Institute Launches at University of Houston
The University of Houston has launched the Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) aimed at integrating new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to...
The ultimate goal of the Drug Discovery Institute research program is to bring scientific discoveries and technological advances to the marketplace. [Photo from Getty Images.]

The University of Houston has launched the Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) aimed at integrating new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to streamline and modernize the drug-discovery process.

Papers from Cullen College of Engineering professors make the grade, analysis finds
Several professors and researchers at the University of Houston are among the most cited in the world, according to an October 2020 update by...

Several professors and researchers at the University of Houston are among the most cited in the world, according to an October 2020 update by researchers from Stanford about paper citations.

How Do Snakes ‘See’ in the Dark? Researchers Have an Answer
Certain species of snake – think pit vipers, boa constrictors and pythons, among others – are able to find and capture prey with uncanny accuracy,...
Research led by Pradeep Sharma, chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, offers an explanation for how some species of snake convert the heat from organisms that are warmer than their ambient surroundings into electrical signals, allowing them to “see” in the dark.

Certain species of snake – think pit vipers, boa constrictors and pythons, among others – are able to find and capture prey with uncanny accuracy, even in total darkness. Now scientists have discovered how these creatures are able to convert the heat from organisms that are warmer than their ambient surroundings into electrical signals, allowing them to “see” in the dark.

New Technology Could Improve LASIK Surgery, Eye Disease Detection
UH Professor to Create Ultrafast 3D Clinical Imaging System LASIK eye surgery – a laser reshaping of the cornea to improve vision – is one of the...
Dr. Kirill Larin, University of Houston professor of biomedical engineering, is creating new technology to measure the elasticity of the cornea.

UH Professor to Create Ultrafast 3D Clinical Imaging System

LASIK eye surgery – a laser reshaping of the cornea to improve vision – is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the United States, and a University of Houston professor of biomedical engineering intends to improve upon it by giving surgeons more information about the cornea before they begin.  

University of Houston Partners with AuraVax Therapeutics on COVID-19 Vaccine
The University of Houston has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, TX based biotech company...
Navin Varadarajan, M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has created a nasal vaccine for COVID-19 and a company to market it in partnership with the University of Houston.

The University of Houston has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, TX based biotech company developing novel vaccines to help patients defeat debilitating respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. Under terms of the agreement, AuraVax has the option to exclusively license a new intranasal COVID-19 vaccine technology developed by Dr. Navin Varadarajan, M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

UH, Houston Methodist using AI to identify breast cancer
Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering,...
Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, has received a grant to use AI with breast cancer diagnoses.

Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, received an R01 sub-award of $319,285 for his grant, “Convergent AI for Precise Breast Cancer Risk Assessment,” from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

UH’s newest flow loop testing helps Shell achieve industry-first in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Thanks to laboratory testing contributed by a team led by Dr. George K. Wong of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College...
The Petroleum Engineering labs at the University of Houston's Technology Bridge.

Thanks to laboratory testing contributed by a team led by Dr. George K. Wong of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, a controlled mud level horizontal gravel pack – an industry first – was executed by Shell at the Perdido field in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nearing a Treatment for Farsightedness
UH Professor Developing New Technology to Detect Lens Elasticity A biomedical researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering...
Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering, has received $3 million from the National Eye Institute to create a new technology capable of precise noninvasive and depth-resolved quantitative measurements of the lens mechanical properties in a clinical setting.

UH Professor Developing New Technology to Detect Lens Elasticity

A biomedical researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering is developing new technology that will measure the stiffness of the lens in the eye, which is likely associated with presbyopia, or farsightedness, the inevitable and age-related loss of the ability to focus on nearby objects.  

Rapid tests for COVID-19 now, other diseases later the goal for Kourentzi
The development of point-of-care tests – and as of late, for COVID-19 – has been the primary focus of Dr. Katerina Kourentzi, Research Associate...
Dr. Katerina Kourentzi, Research Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is developing a saliva-based lateral flow assay rapid test for COVID-19 detection. The test strips for the assay are designed using the Biodot XYZ3060 Dispensing Platform.

The development of point-of-care tests – and as of late, for COVID-19 – has been the primary focus of Dr. Katerina Kourentzi, Research Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering.

Grabow heading UH portion of team for $2M NSF Distributed Chemical Manufacturing Project
A partnership between researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Houston has continued to flourish, and expanded to another...
Dr. Lars C. Grabow, Dan Luss Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, received a NSF grant to continue studies on small-scale reactors and catalysts.

A partnership between researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Houston has continued to flourish, and expanded to another professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, after the National Science Foundation chose their Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) proposal – the development of dynamically operated, smaller scale reactors that can process distributed feedstock – for a $2 million award.

Alcohol, Nicotine Co-Exposure During Pregnancy Significantly Increases Health Risk in Newborns
University of Houston researchers have found that during early pregnancy, the mix of alcohol and nicotine significantly alters the gene regulatory...
Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of biomedical engineering, reports that perinatal substance abuse may cause faulty assembly of certain brain networks.

University of Houston researchers have found that during early pregnancy, the mix of alcohol and nicotine significantly alters the gene regulatory pathways of the developing fetus, which can lead to major deficiencies in brain development. Metin Akay, founding chair and John S.

Medical Robotic Hand? Rubbery Semiconductor Makes It Possible
A medical robotic hand could allow doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat people from halfway around the world, but currently available...

A medical robotic hand could allow doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat people from halfway around the world, but currently available technologies aren’t good enough to match the in-person experience.

Original research for Drawn-on-Skin electronics from Ershad, Yu attracting attention
Since its publication in late July, a research paper about drawn-on-skin electronics from a group overseen by Dr. Cunjiang Yu, the Bill D. Cook...
Faheem Ershad, a doctoral student of Dr. Cunjiang Yu, served as first author for a new paper involving research about drawn-on-skin electronics.

Since its publication in late July, a research paper about drawn-on-skin electronics from a group overseen by Dr. Cunjiang Yu, the Bill D. Cook Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, has been spotlighted by many media outlets.

More, Faster, Better – UH Unveils New Supercomputer
$2.5 Million Computing Cluster Will Allow University to Better Serve the Research Community   The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute...
The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute at the University of Houston has partnered with the UH Cullen College of Engineering to add a third supercomputer to its stable of high-performance computers.

$2.5 Million Computing Cluster Will Allow University to Better Serve the Research Community

 

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute at the University of Houston has partnered with the UH Cullen College of Engineering to add a third supercomputer to its stable of high-performance computers, dramatically expanding the computational power available to researchers at the University of Houston and across the UH System.

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