We are always looking for science-driven individuals. If you are interested in joining the lab contact us.
Mario Romero-Ortega, Ph.D.
Dr. Romero is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and adjunct faculty in the Surgery department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), the UTA Research Institute (UTARI) and Partner Researcher at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He received his doctorate in Neuroscience from Tulane University and postdoctoral training from UTSW as Associate Member of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Research Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury. He has served as Director of the Regenerative Neurobiology Research Division at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Plastic Surgery at UTSW. He serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuroengineering and as Founder and Chief Scientific Officer for Nerve Solutions Inc, a company that commercializes the Biosynthetic Nerve Implant and the NeuroBlock devices developed in his laboratory. He is the recipient of the 2014 UTA College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, the 2013 TechFortWorth Impact Award and “Ten Most Promising Life Science Company Award”, and the 2013 Tech Titans Award in Technology Innovation.
María Alejandra González is a Research Associate in the Bioengineering department at the RNN Laboratory, she obtained her major as Biologist Pharmaceutical Chemist from the Autonomous University of Querétaro, México in 2006; she was involved in the field of forensic sciences as well as in projects of development and quality control in the pharmaceutical industry, where in addition she worked as internal auditor. Then she found in the Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM, México a high motivation in understanding how molecular and cellular mechanisms direct the neuronal and glial functionality and elucidating the structural and ultrastructural characteristics of these cells. She reported the expression of different subunits of GABA-A receptors as well as the presence of new cellular populations in the periventricular zone of cerebellum. In the same institution she obtained her MS in Neurobiology in 2011 and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences with honours in 2016. Now she moved forward to study Bioelectronic Medicine, that involves the use of electrical signals to modulate complex neuronal circuits by using medical devices, to find solutions to real health problems. She is convinced that working in a multidisciplinary way turns into powerful projects.
Current Graduate Students
Eileen received her B.S. in Bioengineering from SUNY at Binghamton in 2013. She is currently working towards her PhD in Biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her current research projects include characterizing the mechanisms involved in mild distraction injuries and testing preventative neuroprotective strategies.
Geetanjali Bendale is graduated with her Masters in bioengineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her current research focuses on the effects of blood nerve barrier formation, and the signal characteristics of neural interfaces. She is very passionate about regenerative medicine and plans to pursue a career based on neurobiology.
Ana Hernandez-Reynoso received her Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Computer Science, both from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education campus Guadalajara in Mexico. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on wireless neural interfaces for neuromodulation.
Andrew Joseph Wells
Andrew received the Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2016. He is currently studying for the master's degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. Research interests include current steering of PNS stimulation and sympathetic modulation due to parasympathetic stimulation, especially with regards to its integration in the CNS.
Matthew Received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Tech in 2016. He is currently pursing his master’s in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interest are primarily focused on biomedical device development, which can rapidly transfer into the biomedical industry.
Current Undergraduate Students
Bryan Black, Ph.D.
Fan Yang, M.D
Edward Keefer, Ph.D.
Jennifer Stearns Collins Watson Swarup Narayan Dash Parisa Lofti
Nilanjana Dutta Princy Prasad Sarita Bethawal
Jeff Compton Nivedita Khobragade Rozita Shafabakhsh Eduardo Martinez
An Nguyen Tarik Shihabeddin. Tabassum Polara Brad Elmer Abdul Dawood Rodrigo Lozano Kshitja Garde Gowrishanka Raman Amit Chouhan Ebrahim Bengali Vishal Shah
Nang Su Myint
2009-2011 2009-2011 2009-2011 2009-2011 2008-2010 2009-2012
2009-2010 2009-2010 2009-2010 2007-2009 2007-2009 2006-2008 2006-2007
Postdoc, UTD. Neuronal Networks and Interfaces Lab
Senior Researcher. Biopharma. CA
Principal Investigator. Plexon Co. TX
Postdoc, UTD. Neural Interfaces Lab. TX.
Postdoct, Univ. of Florida. Judy's Lab. FL.
Medical Student. Brown Medical School, MA
Spinal Cord Injury
Research Associate. UTA, TX
Research Scientist. Life Technologies, CA.
Postdoc, Baylor Univ. Sardiello’s Lab. TX.
Design Engineer, FHC Inc., Bowdoin, ME
RNA Analysis of Tight Junctions
Immune response Neural Interfacing
Sensory Specific Neural Interfacing
Research Assistant. Pediatrics. St Louis Univ
Research Assistant MD Anderson, Smithville, TX
PhD Student University of Illinois
R&D Engineer. Quest Medical Inc
Research Associate ANS St. Jude Med.
Research Associate Pfizer, MA.
Medical Student. UTSW Dallas TX.
Research Associate Plexon, TX.
Project Engineer, Orthofix, TX.
Research Associate, Univ. of Miami, FL
PhD Student at University of Wollongong, Australia.
R&D Engineer, Medtronic CA.
R&D Engineer, Medtronic CA.
Research Associate, UT San Antonio, TX.
Res. Associate. Accenture Technology. TX.
Clinical Scribe, Dallas, TX
Electrical Engineering, UTA
DO, UNT Health Science Center
DO, UNT Health Science Center