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Groundbreaking Malaria Study by UH Engineers Opens the Door to New, More Effective Drug Therapies
In 2015 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Chinese scientist Youyou Tu for her discovery of a novel malaria treatment rooted in...

In 2015 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Chinese scientist Youyou Tu for her discovery of a novel malaria treatment rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Tu isolated the drug artemisinin from an herb used to treat malaria in China for more than 2,000 years.

Strong as Metal, Yet Lightweight Nanocomposite Materials from the Mind of Ph.D. Student
Ryan Poling-Skutvik, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, took first place in the graduate student...
Ryan Poling-Skutvik examines a nanocomposite made of polystyrene grafted to silica particles

Ryan Poling-Skutvik, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, took first place in the graduate student poster competition at the Society of Rheology Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Poling-Skutvik presented research on understanding the behavior of nanocomposite materials. Nanocomposites are materials that combine nanoparticles with polymers.

Graduate Research Assistant Awarded for Work in Polymers
Vivek Yadav, studying for his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Cullen College, earned third place for his presentation at the "Excellence in...
Vivek Yadav, left, with Dr. Chris Iacovella, session co-chair

Vivek Yadav, studying for his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Cullen College, earned third place for his presentation at the "Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research" session at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2016 Annual Meeting held in San Francisco. AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineers with more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries.

UH Professors May Create Safe, Affordable Nuclear Energy, Changing National Conversation
Research underway in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory to make “heavy water” less expensively could soon make nuclear energy safer,...
Stanko Brankovic, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, intends to make nuclear energy safer

Research underway in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory to make “heavy water” less expensively could soon make nuclear energy safer, eliminating real-life disasters like those that have occurred at the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power plants.

Researchers Propose New Treatment to Prevent Kidney Stones
Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human...

Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human kidney stones. This finding could lead to the first advance in the treatment of calcium oxalate stones in 30 years.

UH Engineer Leads New Effort to Improve Clean-up After Oil Spills
A researcher at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has earned a $1.8 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative...

A researcher at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has earned a $1.8 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to determine how the use of dispersants to break up an oil spill affects the natural cleaning role played by bacteria.

Professor Investigates Polymeric Micelles for Drug Delivery with NSF Award
Finding improved methods for drug delivery is a hot topic among researchers all over the world. One method in particular, which utilizes polymeric...

Finding improved methods for drug delivery is a hot topic among researchers all over the world. One method in particular, which utilizes polymeric micelles to carry and deliver drug molecules to their intended targets inside of the body, has had very promising results in recent years.

Chemical Engineers' Paper Named Best of AIChE South Texas Section
Last year, a professor and student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering published an...

Last year, a professor and student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering published an article in Science outlining a surprising discovery about gold’s unexpected catalytic properties.

Engineers Earn $1.5 Million to Pursue Novel Nanopatterning Technology
This month, four UH Cullen College of Engineering professors earned a four-year grant amounting to almost $1.5 million from the National Science...

This month, four UH Cullen College of Engineering professors earned a four-year grant amounting to almost $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to pursue their nanopatterning discovery that could lead to next-generation transistors for integrated circuitry, among other advanced nanodevices.

Kavli Frontiers in Science Invites UH Engineer to National and International Symposia
Since its inception in 1989, an invitation to the Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposia has symbolized a young scientist’s vast accomplishments in his...
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Since its inception in 1989, an invitation to the Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposia has symbolized a young scientist’s vast accomplishments in his or her field. Each year, 80 to 100 of the world’s most outstanding scientists under the age of 45 are invited to the symposia, which are sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and the U.S.

Novel Genetic Tool Advances Synthetic Biology, Metabolic Engineering
Patrick Cirino, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UH Cullen College of Engineering, earned a three-year, $300,000...

Patrick Cirino, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UH Cullen College of Engineering, earned a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to continue developing and implementing genetic tools that advance synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.

UH Professor Publishes Paper on Polymer Interpenetration
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, co-authored a paper on tuning...

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, co-authored a paper on tuning polymer interpenetration that published in the

UH Professor Among Experts to Publish Review of Nonclassical Crystallization
The U.S. Department of Energy sponsored a 2013 workshop in Berkley, California, that brought together 15 of the nation’s top crystallization...

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsored a 2013 workshop in Berkley, California, that brought together 15 of the nation’s top crystallization researchers to discuss the rapidly emerging but still obscure area of nonclassical crystallization.

Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Program Receives ABET Accreditation
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s B.S. degree program in petroleum engineering has been accredited by the Engineering...

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s B.S. degree program in petroleum engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. All of the Cullen College’s undergraduate programs are ABET accredited.

Cullen College Welcomes Nine Engineering Professors
A combination of nine university professors and industry professionals is joining the Cullen College of Engineering faculty at the University of...

A combination of nine university professors and industry professionals is joining the Cullen College of Engineering faculty at the University of Houston this semester. The majority are biomedical engineers with expertise ranging from brain-machine interfaces for control of prosthetic limbs to cell membrane research for diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer.

Forbes Features Immunotherapy Software Developed by UH Engineers
Immunotherapy, a cancer treatment that utilizes the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells, has garnered great interest as a relatively new...

Immunotherapy, a cancer treatment that utilizes the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells, has garnered great interest as a relatively new field of medicine that offers an alternative to traditional chemotherapy.

Engineering Researchers Develop Advanced Cell Screening Technology for Cancer Immunotherapy
Researchers have created a new method for screening cells used in immunotherapy cancer treatments, allowing high-performing immune system cells to be...

Researchers have created a new method for screening cells used in immunotherapy cancer treatments, allowing high-performing immune system cells to be studied in isolation and potentially expanding  the number of patients for whom the breakthrough treatment proves successful.

UH Engineers Discover Superior Metallic Monolayer Catalyst
Researchers at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have synthesized and characterized a novel metallic monolayer catalyst with far superior...

Researchers at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have synthesized and characterized a novel metallic monolayer catalyst with far superior catalytic properties than those currently used in industry.

UH Research & Innovation Magazine Now Available
The 2015 Research & Innovation magazine exemplifies the University of Houston’s revolutionary scientific discoveries, scholarship and ingenuity.

The 2015 Research & Innovation magazine exemplifies the University of Houston’s revolutionary scientific discoveries, scholarship and ingenuity.

UH Engineering Professors Offer Unique Research Experiences to Undergrads
UH Cullen College of Engineering professors are known for offering undergraduate students unique opportunities to get involved in high-level research...

UH Cullen College of Engineering professors are known for offering undergraduate students unique opportunities to get involved in high-level research projects. One such opportunity is available through the National Science Foundation's REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Program.

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