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Department of Bioengineering

Mailing Address:
MS-142, 6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892

Physical Address:
6500 Main Street, Suite 135
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713.348.5869
Fax: 713.348.5877 

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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, 26 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 16 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.

Core Faculty

2014 Department Committee Assignments 


Michael Deem 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
Macromolecular Systems
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


Jane Grade-Allen_ThumbnailK. Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, 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.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Rice University/Texas Children’s
BRC, Ste. 628/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
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

John McDevitt_thumbnailJohn T. McDevitt, Ph.D.
Brown-Wiess Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry
BRC, Suite 317
(713) 348-2123
Lab-on-a-Chip Sensor Technologies, tastechip.com

Antonios Mikos_ThumbnailAntonios 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-thumbnail Jordan S. Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
BRC, Suite 415

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

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;
Director, Bioengineering 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.
Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies;
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
of Bioengineering Education;
Associate Dean, Engineering Education; Director, Bioengineering Undergraduate Studies
109 Keck Hall
(713) 348-6243

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

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

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


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


Emeritus Faculty


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


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

Joint Appointments 


John W. Clark, Jr, Ph.D.
Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering
A224 Abercrombie Lab
(713) 348-3597

Cindy Farach-Carson, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Translational Bioscience
Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Professor, Bioengineering
Scientific Director, BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)
W105 GRB Hall
BRC, Suite 611
(713) 348-5052

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

Ramon Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
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

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 and Bioengineering
320B Dell Butcher Hall
(713) 348-3486
Angel Martí Group  

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, 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

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


Catherine G. Ambrose, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Health Science Center at Houston

Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D.
Associate Professor
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Mount Sinai

Gábor Balázsi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Systems Biology
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Neel Bhatavadekar, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Department of Periodontology
UT Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch

Manoop S. Bhutani, M.D., F.A.S.G.E.,
F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F., F.A.C.P.

Medicine & Experimental Diagnostic Imaging
Dept. of Gastroenterology, Hepatology
and Nutrition
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

William Brownell, Ph.D.
Jake and Nina Kamin Chair
Professor Bobby R. Alford, Otolaryngology
Baylor College of Medicine

Ill-Min Chung, Ph.D.
The Korean Academy of Science and Technology
Department of Applied Bio Science
College of Life & Environmental Science
Seoul, Korea

Miguel A. Cruz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Thrombosis Research
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Mary Dickinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Developmental Biology
Baylor College of Medicine


Jing-Fei Dong, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Thrombosis Core Laboratory
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Rena D'Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
University of Utah School of Dentistry
Health Sciences Education Building
School of Dentistry
26 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 587-1199 

Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Ernest Cockrell Jr. Distinguished Endowed Chair,
Methodist Hospital Research Institute;
President, Alliance for NanoHealth (ANH);
Professor, Experimental Therapeutics,
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center;
Professor, Bioengineering, Rice University

Charles Fraser, Jr. M.D.
Surgery and Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine;
Chief and Donovan Chair
Congenital Heart Surgery
Texas Children’s Hospital

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

Ido Golding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine

King C. Li, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), M.B.A.
Chair, Department of Radiology
Methodist Hospital;
Weill Cornel Medical College

Stephen H. Little, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Weill Cornel Medical College
Physician, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center
Methodist Hospital

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


Anshu B. Mathur, Ph.D.
Director of Research,
Tissue Regeneration and Molecular Cell Engineering
Associate Professor, Dept. of Plastic Surgery
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

John S. Oghalai, M.D.
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and
Neck Surgery, Stanford University;
Director, Children’s Hearing Center,
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanfordjoghalai@ohns.stanford.edu  

Kathryn E. Peek, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, University Health Initiatives
University of Houston

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

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

Jacqueline V. Shanks, Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering and Biological
Iowa State University

Karen A. Storthz, Ph.D.
Professor, Diagnostic Sciences
Associate Dean, Research
UT Houston Dental School

Mark E. Wong, D.D.S.
Professor, Chair and Program Director
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
UT Health Science Center at Houston

Stephen T.C. Wong, Ph.D.
Chief, Medical Physics and Vice Chair of Research,
Department of Radiology;
Director, Bioinformatics Programs;
Senior Member, Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Methodist Hospital

Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, Ph.D.
Camille and Raymond Hankamer Chair in Ophthalmology
Baylor College of Medicine