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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

Peter C. Simons, Ph.D.

Peter C. Simons, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor Department of Pathology Health Sciences Dr. Simons  research areas include Modification of beads for flow cytometry; Small GTPases; Red fluorescent polystyrene beads from different precursor beads to measure the activiation of mulitple GTPases. PENDING U.S. PATENT APPLICATIONS (UNM-AFFILIATED) Biomarkers for Early Detection of Sepsis Activated GTPase-Based Assays and Kits for the Diagnosis of Sepsis and Other Infections ISSUED U.S. PATENTS (UNM-AFFILIATED) 7,189,519      Bead …Read More

Randall Starling, Ph.D.

Randall Starling, Ph.D. Senior Scientist 2 Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) The University of New Mexico Dr. Starling’s current research areas focus on alcohol and drug research; Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD); Prevention of drinking and drugs in adolescents; Research on HPV vaccine uptake; Mobile technology to deliver tailored information and feedback to users; and Identifying and correcting risky drinking behavior. REGISTERED U.S. TRADEMARK (UNM-AFFILIATED) 85/197,189, WAYTOSERVE®, …Read More