University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Immunotherapy: NIH Grant for Cancer Research
September 2012

Professor Wins $2.1M R01 Award for Cancer Research

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant worth approximately $2.1 million to study the best ways to modify human immune cells to fight against cancer. Navin Varadarajan, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, won the grant from the National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute to conduct this immunotherapy study. One of the most promising avenues of cancer research and treatment, in immunotherapy human immune cells are modified and trained to fight hard-to-treat tumors. Read More


ECE's Shih Wins Grants from NASA, GoMRI

Wei-Chuan Shih, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has won two grants in recent weeks: one from NASA's Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Investigators program to develop an environmental monitoring system for space missions; the other from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to devise an oil leak detection tool for unmanned offshore rigs. Read More


Professor Uses Nanowires to Cool Electronics

Computing power's decades-long rise has been both steady and astounding, but for this rise to continue researchers must grapple with some fundamental challenges. Among these is heat. As devices become more compact and powerful, they generate more heat trapped in a smaller area. Today's cooling technologies are simply not up to the job of removing heat that will be generated by tomorrow's devices. A paper co-authored by Dong Liu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of engineering, presents a new technology that could help cool these future electronics. Read More


Brain Wave-Reading Robot May Help Stroke Patients

What comes naturally to most people—to think and then do—is difficult for stroke patients who have lost the full use of their limbs. New research by the University of Houston, Rice University and TIRR Memorial Hermann aims to help victims recover that ability to the fullest extent possible. The National Institutes of Health, within the framework of the President's National Robotics Initiative, has funded the multi-disciplinary team to develop and validate a non-invasive brain-machine interface to a robotic orthotic device that is expected to support upper-limb rehabilitation. Read More


Civil Engineering Wins Graduate Education Grant

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant to provide up to 12 one-year full scholarships for students pursuing a Ph.D. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education's Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program, which is designed to enhance teaching and research in fields of major importance to the United States. The grant provides the department with roughly $400,000 over three years, and is matched by the University of Houston at approximately 30 percent. Read More


Industry Group Funding Professor's Integrated Circuit Research

A semiconductor industry group has awarded an $80,000 grant to a University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering professor to develop a new way to connect transistors in integrated circuits, which are at the heart of practically every electronic device. The grant comes from the Semiconductor Research Corp., a research consortium whose membership includes many of the world’s largest technology companies, including Intel, Texas Instruments and IBM. Receiving the grant is Stanko Brankovic, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Read More


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