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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, 25 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 17 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 

Bao-picture-websmallGang Bao, Ph.D. 
Foyt Family Professor
BRC, 4th Floor
Bao Lab

Michael DeemMichael 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.
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.
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

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 & Computer Engineering; Director, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies; Director, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering;
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

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 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


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
Director, Baylor Global Initiatives Gastroenterology
Baylor College of Medicine


Gábor Balázsi, Ph.D.
Henry Laufer Associate Professor of Physical & Quantitative Biology
Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology & Department of Biomedical Engineering
SUNY - Stony Brook University
Balázsi Lab
Neel Bhatavadekar, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, 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
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
(713) 794-5073

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., FASTMH 
Associate 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.
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 Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College of 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

Ido Golding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-4193
Ido Golding Lab

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

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 of 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

John T. McDevitt, Ph.D.
Brown-Wiess Professor of Bioengineering and
Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and Nano Engineering
Rice University

Steve Millward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Cancer Systems Imaging
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Niki Zacharias Millward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Cancer Systems Imaging
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
(713) 792-5226

John S. Oghalai, M.D.
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and
Neck Surgery, Stanford University;
Director, Children’s Hearing Center,
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital,
(650) 721-2781

Kathryn E. Peek, Ph.D.
KEP Consulting, LLC
Texas Heart Institute


David R. Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Cancer Systems Imaging, Division of Diagnostic Imaging
University of Texas 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

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

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

Karen A. Storthz, Ph.D.
Professor, Emerita
Department of 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

Stephen T.C. Wong, Ph.D.
Full Member;
John S. Dunn, Sr. Presidential Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Engineering;
Department Chair, Systems Medicine and Bioengineering;
Houston Methodist Research Institute
(713) 441-5883

Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, Ph.D.
Professor, Ophthalmology
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-5966