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Research News Highlight

UH and Harvard Researchers Join Forces For Usher Syndrome Research

Muna Naash, John S. Dunn Endowed Professor with joint appointments at the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the UH College of Optometry.

NIH-funded project to explore whether gene therapy can correct genetic deafness

A world-renowned authority on genetic mutations associated with hereditary retinal disorders from the University of Houston is working with a researcher from Harvard Medical School specializing in the diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) to advance research involving gene therapy options that could one day expand treatment of patients suffering from Usher syndrome.

UH Engineer Honored For Work in Crystal Engineering

Jeffrey Rimer, Abraham E. Dukler Professor of Chemical Engineering at UH, has received the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

TAMEST Awards Recognize Texas’ Most Promising Researchers

 

An engineer from the University of Houston has received the state’s top honor in engineering for his pioneering discoveries about how crystals form and how they can be dissolved.

Under the Lens: Link Between Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration are both genetic disorders that can cause loss of vision and neither has a cure.

UH Research Team Examines Eye Disease with $2.5 Million Award

 

Four words you never want to hear from the eye doctor are retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. Both are genetic disorders that can cause loss of vision and neither has a cure. A team of biomedical researchers at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering is now tackling both eye diseases by exploring a protein in the retina that links them: peripherin2 (prph2).

New Hybrid Device Can Both Capture and Store Solar Energy

Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new device that can both efficiently harvest solar energy and store it until it is needed, suggesting a way to deploy solar energy around-the-clock. Photo: Pexels

Device Offers a New Avenue for Capitalizing on Abundant Solar Energy

 

Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation and desalination.

A Collaboration of Satellites and Villages: UH Professor Continues Work With NASA and Mekong River Stakeholders To Address Flooding and Other Critical Issues

Hyongki Lee, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, is working on his second NASA SERVIR project.

Hyongki Lee, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has a lot of experience using data collected by Earth-observing technologies (such as satellites)  for solving water management issues on Earth. 

With his latest grant, Lee is diving deeper into addressing critical concerns such as land subsidence, flood forecasting and groundwater management in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

UH Engineer’s Research on Adaptive Machine Learning Wins NSF Award

Adaptive machine has potential application in a number of different fields, including medical imaging, computer vision, self-driving cars, and speech recognition.

Research has broad implications for health care, self-driving cars and more.

 

Imagine cruising down a highway in your self-driving car. Its operating system relies on algorithms based on data collected during dry driving conditions. But what happens when the car has to navigate through high winds, hard rain and street flooding?

Cullen College Researchers A Big Part of EMBC 2019

UH Cullen College Professor Rose Faghih with her students at the 2019 EMBC in Germany.

Featured UH Research Marries Health Care and Engineering

 

Rose Faghih, assistant professor, and several other UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty and students were an integral part of the 2019 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference held in Berlin, Germany. The theme was “Biomedical engineering ranging from wellness to intensive care.”

Researchers Build a Soft Robot with Neurologic Capabilities

Cunjiang Yu, professor of mechanical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, said the work represents a significant step toward the development of prosthetics that could directly connect with the peripheral nerves in biological tissues, as well as toward advances in soft neurorobots capable of thinking and making judgments.

Device is First Step Toward a More Sophisticated Artificial Nervous System

 

In work that combines a deep understanding of the biology of soft-bodied animals such as earthworms with advances in materials and electronic technologies, researchers from the United States and China have developed a robotic device containing a stretchable transistor that allows neurological function.

What Happens as Solid-State Batteries Begin to Fail?

Yanliang "Leonard" Liang, left, Yan Yao and Zheng Fan are working on a $1 million project to better understand what causes solid-state lithium batteries to fail.

Researchers say $1M Project Will Improve Understanding, Optimization

 

Solid-state lithium batteries have generated interest because they don’t carry the same risk of fire and explosion as conventional batteries with liquid electrolytes, but full-scale commercialization has been slowed, in part, because scientists don’t fully understand what causes the batteries to fail.

UH Engineers Test Biodegradable Self-Guided Reconnaissance Devices

UH ECE student Jarrett Lonsford works on the electronics for a sensing drift node in Dr. Aaron Becker's lab on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.

Researchers share video of their Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

 

Discretion is an integral part of covert reconnaissance missions. With that in mind, a team of UH Cullen College of Engineering researchers are working on a $1 million project to create self-guided biodegradable containers of sensors to map coastlines and the bottom of the ocean. 

UH Startup SurfEllent Raises $470K in Funding

SurfEllent, a UH startup, and its innovative products are going places.

The Inside Story of a Tech Startup

 

SurfEllent, a UH startup which brings innovative and durable anti-icing coating technologies to the market, is hot, hot, hot! It has raised $470,000 in funding and the year is not over yet.

Researchers Report a New Way to Produce Curvy Electronics

A team of researchers led by University of Houston engineer Cunjiang Yu has reported a new way to manufacture curvy, three-dimensional electronics.

New Method Fills a Need in Emerging Applications for Electronic Devices

 

Contact lenses that can monitor your health as well as correct your eyesight aren’t science fiction, but an efficient manufacturing method – finding a way to produce the curved lenses with embedded electronics – has remained elusive.

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