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Dr. Vekilov, Peter

PNAS Publishes UH Research on Hematin Crystallization and Inhibition

More than three billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of contracting malaria, which is spread by infected mosquitos.

In 2013, an estimated 200 million malaria cases worldwide resulted in approximately 585,000 deaths of mostly African children under the age of 5, according to the World Health Organization.

Faculty Developing New “Platform” to Fight Malaria

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Malaria has been one of the world’s biggest killers for as long as records have been kept (and almost certainly longer). According to the World Health Organization, in 2008 alone the disease claimed approximately 881,000 lives, making it responsible for approximately 1.5% of all deaths worldwide. That year it was responsible for more than 5.2% of all deaths in low-income countries and a startling 20% of childhood deaths in Africa.

Professor Named Fellow of the American Physical Society

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For pioneering research in the areas of crystallization and protein aggregation, Peter Vekilov, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

“This fellowship acknowledges the significance of our work, specifically the discovery of new mechanisms and phenomena in crystallization and aggregation research,” he said. “It is an honor to be named a fellow.”

Engineering Faculty Among Those From UH to Receive State ARP Funding

UH was one of 24 institutions that received money from the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program in April.

A competitive, peer-reviewed grant program funding science and engineering research projects by faculty members at Texas higher education institutions, more than $15 million was given out this year.

Chemical Engineering Professor Receives University Award, Welch Grant

Peter Vekilov, associate professor of chemical engineering, recently received the award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship at the associate professor level from the university. His nomination was submitted by Michael Harold, chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and supported by five scientists in his field from across the country.

UH Professor, Grad Student Make Strides in Diabetes Research

Discovery of insulin-production method could impact multiple fields

Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have made a major discovery in the field of diabetes research that is also an historic find in the area crystal formation and use.

Peter Vekilov, associate professor of chemical engineering, and doctoral candidate Dimitra Georgiou, discovered a new mechanism for the formation of insulin crystals in the pancreas.

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 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 Faculty Strengthen Research at UH

Virtual teams, see-through concrete and sickle cell anemia represent just a few of the new areas of research being explored by faculty who joined UH for the 2001-02 academic year. Peter Vekilov, new associate professor of chemical engineering, is featured.