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Bioengineering Faculty Members

The Department of Bioengineering's core faculty, emeritus, joint appointments, and adjunct faculty serve as the backbone to the department's overall strength and competitive ranking as an internationally recognized teaching and research institution.

Currently, 27 research and teaching faculty members have primary appointments in the department, and many hold joint appointments with several institutions of the Texas Medical Center. The department also benefits from 20 multi-disciplinary joint appointments within various science and engineering departments at Rice. In addition, a network of adjunct faculty collaborate with the department on many levels to build partnerships that identify important problems, develop and translate bioengineering solutions, and train the next generation of leaders in bioengineering.

2015-2016 Department Committees

Core Faculty

Bao-picture-websmallGang Bao, Ph.D. 
Foyt Family Professor
CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
BRC, Suite 413
(713) 348-2764
Laboratory of Biomolecular Engineering and Nanomedicine

Michael W. Deem, Ph.D.
John W. Cox Professor,
Biochemical & Genetic Engineering;
Professor, Physics & Astronomy;
Chair, Department of Bioengineering;
Founding Director, SSPB
BRC, Suite 763
(713) 348-5852
Deem Group

Mike DiehlMichael Diehl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Associate Professor, Chemistry
BRC, Suite 515
(713) 348-4568
Synthetic Biology and Macromolecular
Bioengineering Group


Rebekah Drezek_ThumbnailRebekah Drezek, Ph.D.
Professor, Bioengineering
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
BRC, Suite 419
(713) 348-3011
Optical Molecular Imaging and
Nanobiotechnology Laboratory


Bilal_Ghosn_web_smallBilal Ghosn, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Bioengineering
Mechanical Lab 201
(713) 248-2648

J_GrandeAllen_web_small.jpgK. Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D.
Isabel C. Cameron Professor
of Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 619
(713) 348-3704
Integrative Matrix Mechanics Lab

131015_Oleg_Igoshin_thumbnailOleg A. Igoshin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 767
(713) 348-5502
Igoshin Laboratory

Jeff Jacot_ThumbnailJeffrey G. Jacot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Rice University/Texas Children’s
BRC, Ste. 725/Feigin Center c.450.09
(832) 824-5822
Jacot Laboratory

Levine_web_smallHerbert Levine, Ph.D.
Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering
Director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
BRC, 10th Floor

Jianpeng Ma_ThumbnailJianpeng Ma, Ph.D.
Professor, Bioengineering,
Rice University
Lodwick T. Bolin Professor, Biochemistry
Baylor College of Medicine
BRC, Suite 765
(713) 798-8187
Ma Laboratory

Mikos_2015_websmallAntonios Mikos, Ph.D.
Louis Calder Professor, Bioengineering,
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering;
Director, Center for Excellence in
Tissue Engineering;
Director, J.W. Cox Laboratory for
Biomedical Engineering
BRC, Suite 625
(713) 348-5355
Mikos Laboratory

jordan miller-thumbnailJordan S. Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 415
Physiologic Systems Engineering and
Advanced Materials Laboratory 

Joel Moake_thumbnailJ.D. Moake, M.D.
Sr. Research Scientist;
Assoc. Dir., J.W. Cox Lab for
Biomedical Engineering
Rice University
Professor of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
BRC, Suite 825
(713) 348-5357
Moake Laboratory in Hematological Research

Maria Oden_ThumbnailZ. Maria Oden, Ph.D.
Professor in the Practice of
Engineering Education;
Director, Oshman Engineering
Design Kitchen
OEDK, 107
(713) 348-4156
Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
AminaAnnQutub_LabPhoto-web-smallAmina A. Qutub, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 613
(713) 348-8089
Systems Biology Laboratory

Renata_Ramos_web_smallRenata Ramos, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Bioengineering;
Dir., BIOE Undergraduate Studies
Ryon Engineering Lab, Suite 111A
(713) 348-2203


Rob RaphaelRobert Raphael, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Director, Graduate Studies
BRC, Suite 719
(713) 348-3494
Membrane and Auditory Bioengineering Group

Richards-Kortum_ThumbnailRebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D.
Malcolm Gillis University Professor;
Director, Rice 360°: Institute for
Global Health;
 Director, IBB;
Founder, Beyond Traditional Borders
BRC, Suite 519
(713) 348-3823
Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory

Eric_Richardson_web_smallEric Richardson, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 525
(713) 348-8634

Ka-Yiu SanKa-Yiu San, Ph.D.
E. D. Butcher Professor of Bioengineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering
BRC, Suite 815
(713) 348-5361
Metabolic Engineering and Systems
Biotechnology Laboratory


Ann Saterbak_ThumbnailAnn Saterbak, Ph.D.
Professor in the Practice, 
Bioengineering Education;
Associate Dean, Engineering Education; Dir., BIOE Undergraduate Studies
109 Keck Hall
(713) 348-6243

Volker_Schweikhard_Rice_smallVolker Schweikhard, Ph.D. 
Research Assistant Professor
BRC, Suite 517
(713) 348-3082

Junghae_Suh_web_smallJunghae Suh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 819
(713) 348-2853
Synthetic Virology Laboratory

Jeff TaborJeffrey J. Tabor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
BRC, Suite 821
(713) 348-8316
Tabor Laboratory

Tomasz Tkaczyk_ThumbnailTomasz Tkaczyk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Associate Professor, Electrical &
Computer Engineering
BRC, Suite 513
(713) 348-4362
Modern Optical Instrumentation
and Bio-imaging Laboratory


Sheng_Tong_smallSheng Tong, Ph.D.
Senior Faculty Fellow
BRC, Suite
(713) 348-
Laboratory of Biomolecular Engineering and Nanomedicine

David Zhang_web_smallDavid Yu Zhang, Ph.D.
Ted Law Jr. Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 425
(713) 348-2832
Nucleic Acid Bioengineering Laboratory (NABLab)


Emeritus Faculty


William W. Akers, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,
and Bioengineering
Founding Chair, Department of Bioengineering


J. David Hellums, Ph.D.
A.J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus,
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,
and Bioengineering

Joint Appointments 

Matthew Bennett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology,
and Bioengineering
301C Keck Hall
(713) 348-4161
Bennett Lab
John W. Clark, Jr, Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering,
and Bioengineering
A224 Abercrombie Lab
(713) 348-3597
Clark Lab

Cindy Farach-Carson, Ph.D.
Looney Professor,
Biosciences & Bioengineering;
Scientific Dir., BRC;
Vice Provost for Translational Biosciences
BRC, Suite 140C
(713) 348-5052

Fathi Ghorbel, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
& Materials Science, and Bioengineering
205 Mechanical Engr. Bldg.
(713) 348-3738
Robotics and Intelligent Systems (RiSYS) Lab

Ramon Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering, and Bioengineering
B232 Abercrombie Lab
(713) 348-4893
Gonzalez Research Group

Naomi J. Halas, Ph.D.
Stanley C. Moore Professor, Electrical &
Computer Engineering, Professor of Chemistry,
Physics, and Bioengineering
Director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics;
(713) 348-5611
Halas Nanophotonics Group

Jeffrey D. Hartgerink, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry and Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 319
(713) 348-4142
Hartgerink Research Group

Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D.
Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science
and Bioengineering
3106 Duncan Hall
(713) 348-5737
Physical & Biological Computing Group

Caleb Kemere, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer
Engineering, and Bioengineering
BRC 736 and 2026 Duncan Hall
(713) 348-6089
Realtime Neural Engineering Laboratory (RNEL)

Ching-Hwa Kiang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Physics & Astronomy and Bioengineering
107 Herzstein Hall
(713) 348-4130
Kiang Group Page

Marek Kimmel, Ph.D.
Professor, Statistics
2097 Duncan Hall
(713) 348-5255
Kimmel Group 

Angel A. Martí, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Bioengineering,
and Materials Science and Nanoengineering
320B Dell Butcher Hall
(713) 348-3486
Angel Martí Group
Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.
Professor, Statistics
Howard R. Hughes Provost
430 Allen Center
Deepak Nagrath, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Abercrombie Lab, B233
(713) 348-6408
Nagrath Lab
Jacob T. Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer
Engineering, and Bioengineering
Duncan Hall, 2046
(713) 348-2933
Robinson Research Group

Laura Segatori, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular
Engineering and Bioengineering
Abercrombie Laboratories B-238
(713) 348-3536
Segatori Research Group

Jonathan (Joff) Silberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Biochemistry & Cell Biology,
and Bioengineering
209 Keck Hall
(713) 348-3849
Jonathan (Joff) Silberg Research Group

Frank K. Tittel, Ph.D., D.Sc.
J.S. Abercrombie Professor,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering
B208 Abercrombie Lab
(713) 348-5955
Laser Science Group

Aryeh Warmflash, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biosciences
and Bioengineering
344 Anderson Biological Lab
(713) 348-2456
Warmflash Lab

Kyriacos Zygourakis, Ph.D.
A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical Engineering,
Professor of Bioengineering
B217 Abercrombie Lab
(713) 348-5208
K. Zygourakis Home Page

Adjunct Faculty


Aviva Presser Aiden, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Resident
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
Aiden Lab

Catherine G. Ambrose, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Health Science Center at Houston
(713) 500-7007

Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D.
Professor, Medicine and Gastroenterology;
Dir., Baylor Global Initiatives Gastroenterology
Baylor College of Medicine

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., FASTMH 
Assoc. Dean,
National School of Tropical Medicine;
Professor, Pediatric Tropical Medicine,
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine and
Texas Children's Hospital
Director, Product Development, (Sabin PDP)
Sabin Vaccine Institute
(832) 824-0510

William Brownell, Ph.D.
Jake and Nina Kamin Chair;
Professor Bobby R. Alford, Otolaryngology
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-8540

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University
(713) 677-7557
Cosgriff-Hernandez Lab

Miguel A. Cruz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine-Thrombosis
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-3485
Mary Dickinson, Ph.D.
Professor and Kyle and Josephine Morrow
Endowed Chair
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-2104

Rena D'Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
University of Utah School of Dentistry
Health Sciences Education Building
School of Dentistry
(801) 587-1199

Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
President and CEO;
Ernest Cockrell Jr. Distinguished Chair,
Houston Methodist Research Institute;
President, Alliance for NanoHealth (ANH);
Senior Assoc. Dean and Prof. of Medicine
Weill Medical College - Cornell University
(713) 441-8439

Aaron E. Foster, Ph.D.
Director, Product Discovery
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Charles Fraser, Jr. M.D.
Co-director, Texas Children's Heart Center  
Texas Children’s Hospital;
Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
(832) 826-1929

M. Waleed Gaber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics,
Cancer and Hematology-Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital
(832) 824-3170

Ann M. Gillenwater, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor and Surgeon, Head and Neck Surgery
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center;
Clinical Professor, Otolaryngology,
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 792-8841

Michael J. Heffernan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
(832) 824-0512

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding Dean, National School of
Tropical Medicine; Professor, Pediatrics,
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Endowed Chair, Tropical Pediatrics
Texas Children’s Hospital
President and Director (Sabin PDP)
Sabin Vaccine Institute

(713) 798-1199

Raghu Kalluri, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, 
Department of Cancer Biology Program
Director, Metastasis Research Center
Director, MD/PhD Program and Graduate
School of Biomedical Sciences
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

F. Kurtis Kasper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Orthodontics
School of Dentistry
UT Health Science Center, Houston
(713) 486-4174
King C. Li, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), M.B.A.
Senior Member;
Chair, Department of Translational Imaging;
Director, Molecular Imaging Program;
Methodist Hospital
Professor, Radiology
Weill Cornel Medical College
(713) 441-4863

Stephen H. Little, M.D.
Associate Professor,
Weill Medical College - Cornell University
Cardiovascular Imaging Section,
Department of Cardiology
Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart &
Vascular Center
(713) 441-1100

Joseph A. Ludwig, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Sarcoma Medical Oncology
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Anirban Maitra, M.B.B.S.
Professor, Pathology
Division of Pathology/Lab Medicine;
Scientific Director, Sheikh Ahmed Bin
Zayed  Al Nahyan Center for Pancreatic
Cancer Research
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Niki Marie Zacharias Millward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cancer Systems Imaging
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
(713) 792-5226
D. Steven Millward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cancer Systems Imaging
MD Anderson Cancer Center
(713) 792-5227
John T. McDevitt, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
Biomaterials and Biomimetics
New York University College of Dentistry
David R. Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Cancer Systems Imaging,
Division of Diagnostic Imaging
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
(713) 745-0850

Medhi Razavi, M.D.
Director, Electrophysiology Clinical Research
Texas Heart Institute / St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 529-5530

Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Texas Medical Center
(713) 791-8800
Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine
Co-director, Fetal Center at Pavilion for Women
Texas Children’s Hospital
(832) 826-3737

Peter Saggau, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine


Jacqueline V. Shanks, Ph.D.
Manley Hoppe Professor,
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Iowa State University
(515) 294-4828
Andrew G. Sikora, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Research;
Co-Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-7935
Andrew Sikora Lab

Konstantin Sokolov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Imaging Physics
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
(512) 471-7440

Karen A. Storthz, Ph.D.
Professor, Emerita
Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
UT School of Dentistry
(713) 299-8795
Mark E. Wong, D.D.S.
Professor, Chair and Program Director
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
UTHealth School of Dentistry
(713) 486-4310