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Larry A. Sklar, Ph.D.

Larry A. Sklar, Ph.D. Distinguished and Regents’ Professor Department of Pathology Director, Center for Molecular Discovery Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center The University of New Mexico 2011 STC Innovation Fellow As the 2011 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Sklar is recognized for his ingenuity and dedication in expanding the vision of drug discovery to save lives. Dr. Sklar has invented new technologies in the areas of signal transduction, cell adhesion, leukocyte biology …Read More

Steven R.J. Brueck, Ph.D.

Steven R. J. Brueck, Ph.D. Distinguished and Professor Emeritus Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Director Emeritus, Center for High Technology Materials The University of New Mexico 2010 STC.UNM INNOVATION FELLOW As the recipient of the first annual STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in 2010, Dr. Brueck was the stand-out choice for exemplifying the spirit of innovation at UNM. As the most prolific inventor at UNM, his technologies continue to receive …Read More

Justin T. Baca, M.D., Ph.D.

Justin T. Baca, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Emergency Medicine Health Sciences The University of New Mexico Dr. Baca’s research focuses on developing point-of-care diagnostics and devices. As a practicing emergency medicine physician with a research background in analytical chemistry, he works with a broad range of clinicians, scientist, and engineers to develop and test new technologies in a clinical setting.  His recent work includes developing a hand-held sensor …Read More

Gennady Smolyakov, Ph.D.

Gennady Smolyakov, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Center for High Technology Materials Dr. Smolyakov’s research interests are in the areas of semiconductor injection lasers, physics and simulation of semiconductor quantum-well and quantum-dot devices, colloidal quantum dots, radiation detection, and plasmonic solar water splitting. Dr. Smolyakov and his co-inventors have proposed a new concept of ultrafast transmitters for 4G and 5G wireless networks and data centers, based …Read More

Rita E. Serda, Ph.D.

Rita E. Serda, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Molecular Medicine Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering The University of New Mexico Beyond the need for preventative vaccines, there is a global need for therapeutic cancer vaccines that are able to overcome cancer-related suppression of cell-mediated immune responses and guide specific immune responses against cells expressing tumor-associated neoantigens. Dr. Serda’s research projects include a unique cell processing …Read More

Fernando Moreu, Ph.D., P.E.

Fernando Moreu, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor Department of Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering Center for Advance Research Computing (CARC) The University of New Mexico Dr. Moreu’s main research explores the interface between human and infrastructure, using of new technologies to measure structural responses of structures under (or after) extreme loading events. Dr. Moreu’s research explores how bridge responses under revenue service …Read More

Edwin M. Nemoto, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.

Edwin M. Nemoto, Ph.D., F.A.H.A. Research Professor Director of Research Department of Neurosurgery Health Sciences The University of New Mexico Dr. Nemoto’s research areas are focused in Brain blood flow and metabolism in clinical and experimental Stroke and traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, lupus and metabolic syndrome, Development of microvascular shunts in the brain, and Drag-reducing polymers for cerebral ischemia and traumatic brain injury. PENDING U.S. PATENT APPLICATIONS (UNM-AFFILIATED) Novel …Read More

Francesca Cavallo, Ph.D.

Francesca Cavallo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Center for High Technology Materials The University of New Mexico Dr. Cavallo leads a research program at the convergence of engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, and biology. Her work addresses deep scientific questions while it establishes transformative solutions for energy production, healthcare, and national security. The cornerstone of Dr. Cavallo’s research work are inorganic sheets or thin slabs of …Read More

Terry H. Wu, Ph.D.

Terry H. Wu, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine Center for Infectious Disease & Immunity Health Sciences The University of New Mexico Avisa Pharma, Inc. (STC Startup) Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, is a highly debilitating and potentially fatal zoonotic disease. The natural incidence in humans is low, but it is considered a high priority for biodefense because the bacteria …Read More

Heather E. Canavan, Ph.D.

Heather E. Canavan, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Center for Biomedical Engineering The University of New Mexico Dr. Canavan’s research areas include cell/surface interactions, bioactive polymers and biocompatibility, and the design of adaptive tools and devices for enhanced mobility.  Dr. Canavan’s lab, The Canavan Group, uses creative, diverse and interdisciplinary methods to explore both fundamental science and new research—all with the goal of creating practical, real-world …Read More