Our research group focuses developing exclusive, powerful nanomaterialssystems to manipulate cellular signals and behaviors. We engineer stimuli-responsive soft matter and biocompatible nanomaterials for their applications in drug delivery.
The lab gathered at Andretti’s to play arcade games in celebration of the end of the Summer Semester and for the farewell of our visiting Summer Interns Denise Robles (UC Berkeley) and Christine Laque (Harlandale ISD).
This paper is dedicated to the memory of our collaborator Dr. Jorge Romero-Garcia from CIQA, pioneer of the biomimetic synthesis for conductive conjugated polymers. Dr. Jorge passed away while working on this project. Our team will remember him always as an exceptional scientist, friend and family.
Luis wins the second place at the UT-System LSAMP Annual Conference!
BME undergraduate Luis Flores wins the 2nd Place at the UT-System LSAMP Annual Conference in El Paso, TX with his research “P(NIPAM-co-MMA) Macrogels as Wound Dressing Biomaterials”. This work is part of SUPROGEN Project in collaboration with Maria Regato (former visiting PhD student) and Dr. Sergio Moya from CIC biomaGUNE, Spain. Congratulations Luis!
We are very excited to continue SUPRO-GEN student training efforts by hosting Bruno , PhD student from CIC biomaGUNE, Spain. He will be collaborating with our team on the investigation of polymeric carriers for plasmid and protein delivery as part of SUPRO-GEN.
Ikram wins the 1st place with his Poster Presentation
Junior BME undegraduate Ikram Ahmad won the 1st place with his Poster Presentation at the 2022 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase at UTSA. Congratulations to Ikram and his graduate mentor Tina Rodgers!
Rohini successfully defends her PhD dissertation
Rohini defended successfully her PhD dissertation entitled: “Modulation of Neural Activity via On-Demand Magnetothermal Drug Release”. Rohini is the very first PhD student graduating from our lab. Congratulations Dr. Rohini Thevi Guntnur!
Selfie taken by Rohini right after dissertation committee deliberation:
An appropiate celebration of this dissertation with a Brain Panna Cotta:
The cover art of this work is featured as the back cover of the Journal’s issue:
Nico wins the “Best Oral Presentation” at the SAPRF!
Congratulations to Nico for his award on the “Best Oral Presentation” at the 2021 SAPRF. Nico presented his most recent work in collaboration with Eduardo (CIQA): Wireless localized electrical stimulation of neurons using EDOT-Pyrrole nanoparticles.
MBI Lab wins Halloween Costumes competition!
This year the MBI Lab wins an award for the “Spookiest” Halloween lab costume competition held by UTSA’s Brain Health Consortium:
Our research is part of the AIChE Journal “Futures” Issue
We are very excited to begin SUPRO-GEN project. This european-funded project is to investigate Supramolecular Polyamine Gene Vectors for Cancer Therapy. It is an international effort that also includes the training of highly skilled professionals at the interface of materials science, engineering and biological sciences.
We kicked-off the project by hosting Maria and Cristian, PhD students from CIC biomaGUNE, Spain. They both will be working this semester with our team as part of SUPRO-GEN.
Amanda joins our team this Fall to carry out her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She will be investigating novel nanotechnologies for neuromodulation.
New Undergraduate Research Assistants in the Lab!
We are very excited to welcome new undergraduate researchers into our team.
Vanessa Fisher, undergraduate in Chemical Engineering at UTSA. Venessa is developing soft platforms to promote nerve growth.
Ikram Ahmad, undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering at UTSA. Ikram is investigating the encapsulation of genetic tools and their delivery into the brain using poly amino acid vectors.
Skanda Hebbale, undergraduate in Biology at UTSA. Skanda is investigating the pharmacological restoration of degenerated extracellular matrix utilizing a nanomedicine approach.
Nico publishes a new review paper!
Congratulations to Nico (postdoc) for his recently released review paper “Multifunctional Scaffolds and Synergistic Strategies in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine” published in Pharmaceutics within the special issue of Drug Delivery Systems for Combination Therapy edited by Dr. Moya and Dr. Romero.
The MBI Lab welcomes Eduardo Martinez Cartagena. Eduardo is a visiting PhD candidate in Polymer Science from CIQA, Mexico. He was awarded with the FONCYT grant for an internship in our group to develop soft materials for wireless neuromodulation. Welcome Eduardo!
Frances and Nico publish a new paper!
Congratulations to former Master student Frances and Nico (postdoc) who shared authorship in the new paper “Pentagalloyl Glucose-Laden Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) Nanoparticles for the Biomechanical Extracellular Matrix Stabilization of an In Vitro Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Model” published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. This work was done in collaboration with Dr. Sourav Patnaik (former postdoc in Finol’s lab) and Dr. Ender Finol (Mechanical Engineering at UTSA).
Congratulations to our lab members Claudia and Sam for their graduation!!
Claudia graduated from Biomedical Engineering and will continue her preparation by joining Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering PhD Program.
Sam belongs to the inaugural class of Chemical Engineers at UTSA. She will join Duke to pursue graduate studies in Bioengineering.
We are going to miss you girls!!
Jo placed 2nd in the UTSA Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase!!
Dr. Romero receives the NSF CAREER Award!
Dr. Romero receives the NSF CAREER Award. This research and educational program will study transport phenomena principles at the nanoscale to develop the next generation of neuromodulation technologies.
Congratulations to BME graduate student Rohini Guntnur for publishing her work “Phase Transition Characterization of Poly (oligo (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) Brushes using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation” in Soft Matter. Co-authors of this work are Nico (postdoc) and Madison (former BME undergraduate).
BME graduate student Tina Rodgers publishes her work “Stabilization of Poly (β-Amino Ester) Nanoparticles for the Efficient Intracellular Delivery of PiggyBac Transposon” in Bioengineering. Other important authors of this paper are Nico (postdoc) and Caleb (former CME undergraduate). Congratulations to all!
Dr. Romero Receives a R21 Grant from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke!
Dr. Romero receives a R21 grant from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders (Award # R21NS111185). The goal of this grant is to develop of a new nanotechnological platform for neuromodulation and imaging. This work will be developed in collaboration with Dr. Ye (Co-I, UTSA BME) and Dr. Apicella (Collaborator, UTSA Biology).
Nico wins the second place in the 2020 San Antonio Postdoc Research Forum Poster Competition!
Congratulations to Nico for his 2nd place in poster presentation in the 2020 SAPRF!
Congratulations to Claudia & Samantha!
Claudia Collier and Samantha Eaton won the 3rd place in oral and poster presentations, respectively, in the UTSA Creative Inquiry Showcase.
MBI Lab wins Halloween Door Decoration competition!
The MBI Lab wins an award for the “Funniest” Halloween door decoration competition held by UTSA’s Brain Health Consortium:
Lesly awarded in the UTSA’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Success!
Congratulations to Lesly on her 2nd Place Award and People’s Choice Award in the poster competition held by UTSA’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Success:
Congratulations to Frances for her successful Master Thesis Defense!
Congratulations to Frances, who successfully defended her Master Thesis entitled: “Investigation on the molecular and biomechanical interactions of pentagalloyl glucose on mouse C2C12 myoblast cells”. Frances thesis was possible through the collaboration between our Lab and the Vascular Biomechanics and Biofluids Laboratory lead by Dr. Ender Finol.
Congratulation Frances!, we will miss you in both Labs.
Lesly is awarded with the renewal of her CONTEX Postdoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr. Lesly for being awarded the second consecutive time with the CONTEX Postdoctoral Fellowship!!
Congratulations to Tina Rodgers for passing her Qualifying Exam and Thesis Proposal!!!
Valeria attending grad school at Georgia Tech:
Congratulations to Valeria Juarez for accepting her offer to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University!. We are going to miss her in the lab!!
Studying Bioheat Transport while social distancing:
This is how BME junior students at UTSA study for Dr. Romero’s Biotransport Phenomena exam in Bioheat Transport:
David is awarded with NSF GRFP!
Congratulations to David Hall who was awarded with the NSF GRFP!. David is a former and one of the first undergraduate researchers from our Lab. He is currently at University of Florida in the Biomedical Engineering PhD Program. Keep on the great work David!
Joanna placed first in her category at the Regional Science & Engineering Fair!
We are very proud of our youngest member Joanna, who placed 1st of her category in the San Antonio Regional Science and Engineering Fair!. Now she will compete in the State Fair.
Dr. Moya from CIC biomaGUNE at UTSA this week:
SciTech Now in KLRN
Our research was the topic of this week’s episode in SciTec Now from KLRN:
Dr. Romero and her class were featured in the Winter 2019 issue of RowdyZine. This magazine covers important topics for future roadrunners.
Approving Proposal Defense!
Congratulations to Rohini and Frances for passing their proposal defense!! Rohini is now a PhD Candidate and Frances a Master Candidate, both in Biomedical Engineering.
Welcome Dr. Nicolás Muzzio!
MBI Lab is very excited to welcome Dr. Nicolás Muzzio to the group. Dr. Muzzio will contribute to our team’s effort to develop new neuromodulation technologies using soft-magnetic materials.
Chemical Engineering faculty Dr. Nehal Abu-Lail and Dr. Gabriela Romero were recognized last weekend at the UTSA football game by the Department of Athletics for their “meaningful and important contribution to students-athletes’ education”
Our collaborator Dr. Rafael Morales from the University of the Basque Country, and leader of the European project MAGNAMED, created an amazing video about the project. Check it out:
MBI Lab is very excited to welcome Dr. Lesly Jimenez to the group. Dr. Jimenez has been recently awarded with the CONTEX Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with our team in the development of new neuromodulation technologies using magnetic nanomaterials.
New paper published in Advanced Therapeutics!
Congratulations to Dr. Romero and Dr. Shrestha for their new progress report in Nanoparticle-mediated Combination Therapies for Cancer Treatment published in Advanced Therapeutics:
SCORE 1 from NIH NIGMS will investigate new technologies to modulate dopaminergic neural circuits.
End of Summer Internships
A very productive Summer has come to an end for our 2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Interns. You are going to be missed!!
Milton Nava visited us from Northwest Vista College through CIMA Program. Now he will continue his undergraduate studies at UT Austin:
Jackie Xuan visited us from Ohio State University through BRAVe REU Program, where she will continue her undergraduate studies and graduate next Spring:
Brandhon Francisco Flores Ibarra visited us from Universidad de Sonora, where he will continue his undergraduate studies and graduate next December:
MBI Lab Summer Interns
We welcome our 2019 Undergraduate Summer Interns:
Milton Nava visiting us from Northwest Vista College through CIMA Program
Jackie Xuan visiting us from Ohio State University through BRAVe REU Program
Brandhon Francisco Flores Ibarra visiting us from Universidad de Sonora
MBI Lab Graduates
Congratulations to our very first graduates BME Class of 2019: Angela, Natalie, David and Carlos, and BME Master Laurette. David graduated with Honors from Honors College. We are very proud of you!!!
Faculty Excellence Award 2019
Dr. Romero was recognized for her dedication with the Faculty Excellence Award by the BME Class of 2019:
I am very thrilled by this award from the BME Class 2019 at UTSA! First class I ever taught, first flipped classroom for them. This class is very especial to me and will always have a special place in my 💙. Congratulations BMEs Class 2019 🎉🎉🎉 @BmeUtsa @EngineeringUTSA pic.twitter.com/lNcOi4Xf3l
We are very proud of JNST Solutions (mentored by Dr. Romero) for winning the 3rd place in the 100K CITE Competition at UTSA!!. Natalie Coppala, senior in BME and MBI Lab member represented her team on the competition.
Angela and David presenting their senior design project at the Tech Symposium:
Undergraduate Research Showcase 2019
MBI Lab Undergrads Valeria, Angela, David and Carlos, presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Showcase at UTSA
3M Thesis 2019
Rohini, 2nd year BME PhD student, did an incredible job competing in the 3 Minute Thesis 2019 Finals at UTSA!
We are very proud of our youngest member Jeffrey, for qualifying and presenting his scientific work last week in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair at TAMU.
BME Symposium 2019
All MBI Las students presented their work last week in the BME Symposium 2019 at UTSA. Here are some photos:
Valeria and Samantha presenting their poster on aggregation of AB and tau-protein
Angela, David and Ruddy presenting their Senior Design Project. They developed a Vitamin D wearable sensor.
JNST Solutions: Toral, Natalie, Stefanos and Jesse designed a sensible cooling system for a prosthetic limb. This project will greatly benefit veterans with high physical activity.
BME undergrads Valeria and David presenting our research work at ABRCMS 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
Congratulations to Valeria for winning the Poster Award!!
BME undergrads Valeria, Angela and David presenting our research work at BMES 2018 in Atlanta, GA
BME undergrads Valeria and Angela presenting our research work at SACNAS 2018 in San Antonio, TX
Dr Santamaria in collaboration with Dr Romero were awarded with the NSF MRI Grant to acquire a two-photon microscope
Tina is continuing in the lab. Thank you Tina for helping so much in setting up our lab!
We welcome Rohiniour new PhD Student from BME!
Welcome to our undergrads: David Hall and Angela San Juan from BME and Caleb Watson from Chemical Engineering, that this semester will conduct some research in our lab. We are happy to have you guys!
Gabriela Romero Uribe, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
Science and Engineering Building (SEB) Room 4.140 San Antonio, TX 78249-0670 Phone: (210) 458-7982 email@example.com