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Researchers Developing Home Test Kit for Lupus Nephritis Flares

Richard Willson (left) and Chandra Mohan are developing an at-home test kit for lupus nephritis flare ups

The Test Kit Uses a Smartphone to Test for Kidney Inflammation

With a four-year $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two University of Houston engineering professors are developing a home test kit for kidney nephritis, or inflammation, in patients who have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Professor Honored with ISMR Pierce Award in Affinity Technology

Richard Willson, Huffington-Woestemeyer professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
at UH Cullen College, is recipient of the 2015 Pierce Award in Affinity Technology from the International Society of Molecular Recognition. Willson plans to travel to Puerto Vallarta this month to collect the award and present a lecture at the biennial ISMR Affinity Conference.

Diagnosing Diseases With Smart Phones

LEFT: The system being developed by Cullen College Researchers diagnoses disease by blocking holes with pathogens and some other connected material, in this case silver particles, preventing light from shining through. RIGHT: A close-up of nanoholes blocked by these particles.

Smart phones are capable of giving us directions when we’re lost, sending photos and videos to our friends in mere seconds, and even helping us find the best burger joint in a three-mile radius. But thanks to UH Cullen College of Engineering researchers, smart phones may soon be boasting another very important function: diagnosing diseases in real time.

New Endowed Chair Supports Disease Diagnostics

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Richard Willson’s efforts to develop highly sensitive disease diagnostic systems have made him one of the most accomplished researchers at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. Now Willson, already John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named the first Huffington-Woestemeyer Endowed Chair in Biomolecular Engineering for these efforts.

UH Professor Richard Willson Named 2010 AAAS Fellow

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University of Houston professor Richard C. Willson has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Willson is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and biochemical and biophysical sciences.

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.

Engineering Professors Earn Honors for Teaching, Research

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Each year, the university recognizes excellence in teaching, service, research and scholarship through a variety of awards given to faculty.

Presented during the 32nd Annual University of Houston Faculty Awards Ceremony April 27, five engineering professors were honored for their distinguished contributions to the university.

UH Researchers Nab New NIH Grant to Construct, Test Cancer Tool

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A team of University of Houston researchers is among a select few to be awarded a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a technology that more efficiently identifies the presence of cancer in even the smallest of body fluid samples.

Engineering Faculty Recognized for Teaching, Research

Dean Joseph Tedesco recognized UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty members for outstanding teaching and research during the 2008-2009 academic year at the college's Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting.

Study by UH Researchers Could Help Diabetics Better Monitor Glucose Levels

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A device being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering could make it unnecessary for more than 23 million diabetics to submit to daily finger pricks to test glucose levels in their blood.

The researchers received a three-year, nearly $400,000 National Science Foundation grant this month to explore the development of the implantable device, designed to use optical sensing to continuously monitor glucose levels.

Nanomagnetics Research Utilized for Medical Technology Development

Dmitri Litvinov, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, develops new bionanomagnetic technologies in the Center for Nanomagnetic Systems. Photo by Mark Lacy.

A tabletop system capable of screening tens of thousands of drug candidates in an hour and a tool that can provide a foolproof cancer diagnosis with miniscule quantities of tissue obtained through non-invasive means are just two possible outcomes of research being conducted by a team of professors with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

State Grants Engineering Researchers Nearly $500k

Professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering received five grants totaling almost half a million dollars from the state of Texas’ Advanced Research Program.

The program, which was founded in 1987, employs a competitive peer-reviewed system to fund the scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Awards are given once every two years.

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 scientific research society and global honor society of scientists and engineers.

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