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-Ortega is a Cullen Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Houston, adjunct faculty in the departments of Surgery and Health Care Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) and the University of Wollongong, Australia. He received his doctorate in Neuroscience from Tulane University and postdoctoral training UTSW as Associate Member of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Research Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury. He served as Director of the Regenerative Neurobiology Research Division at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and Faculty of Neurology and Plastic Surgery at UTSW, Bioengineering and Brain and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, and of Biomedical Engineering at UT Arlington.
Dr. González-González is Research Associate at the RNN Laboratory, she received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences with honor mention and her MSc. in Neurobiology from the Neurobiology Institute at UNAM, Mexico. She obtained her bachelor as Pharmaceutical Chemist Biologist from the University of Querétaro, MX. She was awarded an international Fellowship from the Grass Foundation in 2019. Dr. Gonzalez is member of the National System of Investigators (SNI) in MX and at the RNN Laboratory leads intramural projects in collaboration with Research groups in the US, Australia and Switzerland, and one founded by the American Heart Association (AHA). She has publications on PNAS and Nature Journals. During her career, her main research contributions include the discovery of new cellular populations in the periventricular zone of the cerebellum, with no-classical pharmacology and the decoding and neuromodulation of functional neuronal networks in the autonomic nervous system as fundamentals for bioelectronic medicine, by the implementation of neural interfaces with engineered materials (shape memory polymers and high performance graphene electrodes).
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 under the supervision of Dr. Romero-Ortega and Dr. Cogan. Her research focuses on wireless neural interfaces for the treatment of urinary incontinence.
David Lloyd received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Houston. His primary interests are in computational approaches to physiological and medical problems. His primary focuses include modeling and simulation, electrochemistry, machine learning, and image-based techniques. His current research focuses on the computational description of peripheral nerve interfaces and neural function.
Farial Rahman is a Ph.D. candidate and Research Assistant at the RNN Laboratory in University of Houston. She completed her undergraduate in The University of Texas at Dallas, graduating with CollegiumV Honors and Cum Laude Latin honors with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Business Administration. Her undergraduate research and capstone project focused on peripheral nerve regeneration using a biomimetic nerve implant. Her current project focuses on the use of wireless neural interfaces for peripheral nerve regeneration and treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Farial is an international student from Bangladesh and is passionate about promoting diversity, inclusivity and mental health, and exploring different cuisines.
Xingjian Gu is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. He received his bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from Southeast University, China, and joined in Dr. Romero-Ortega’s RNN laboratory in 2020. With a broad interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, his current research focuses on the development of 3D-bioprinted devices for peripheral nerve injury repair. His long-term research goal is to create artificial tissues and organs for better human health. When not working, he enjoys traveling with families and friends.
Bret See is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at the University of Houston. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry, Economics, and Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he spent several years as an engineer in the semiconductor industry.
Zuha Yousuf received her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from NED University in Karachi, Pakistan. She then received a Fulbright Scholarship award to pursue an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. In her research, she works in an American Heart Association founded project to develop wireless neural interfaces that reduce blood pressure in hypertensive subjects. In her free time, she enjoys reading works of fiction, and travelling with family and friends.
Current Undergraduate Students
Bryan Black, Ph.D.
Jeniffer Seifert, 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
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Postdoc, UTD. Neuronal Networks and Interfaces Lab
Director R&D, TIssue Gen.
Senior Researcher. Biopharma. CA
Principal Investigator. Plexon Co. TX
Research Scientist, Orthopaedic Surgery, VCU.
Research Associate, Arog Pharmaceuticals, Dallas, TX.
Postdoc, UTD. Neural Interfaces Lab. TX.
Postdoc, Univ. of Florida. Judy's Lab. FL.
Postdoc, UTD. Schmidt Lab.
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.
Quality Assurance Coordinator, Coorstek Medical. TX
PhD. Student at UT Austin, Chong Xie 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.
Green Fellowship at UT Southwestern. Dallas, TX.
Clinical Scribe, Dallas, TX
Electrical Engineering, UTA
DO, UNT Health Science Center
DO, UNT Health Science Center