UTSA Alamo CIMA Mentors and Research Areas


Dr. Alfonso Apicella

Revealing the Cortical Mechanisms of Auditory Goal-Directed Behaviors
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Dr. Astrid Cardona

Mechanisms of Neuronal Damage during Autoimmune Diseases
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Dr. Jurgen Engelberth

The Physiological and Biochemical Characterization of the Pathway Leading to the Production of Jasmonic Acid
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Dr. David Jaffe

Neural and Network Basis for Hippocampal Memory Acquisition and Consolidation
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Dr. Richard LeBaron

Understanding the Two Faces of the Human BIGH3 Protein: BIGH3 Roles in Diabetes and Cancer
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Dr. Soo Chan Lee

Mechanisms of Pathogenesis in Human Pathogenic Fungi
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Dr. Robert Renthal

Insect Sensory Reception
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Bacterial Cytoplasmic Protein Complexes
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Dr. Fidel Santamaria

How Complex Neuronal Structure Affects Function
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Dr. Janakiram Seshu

Lyme Disease
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Q Fever
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Dr. Matthew Wanat

Dopamine Neurons and Motivated Behavior
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Dr. Nicole Wicha

Using Electroencephalography (EEG) to Study How the Brain Processes Language


Dr. Stephan Bach

Development of Matrix Compounds to be Used for Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization (MALDI)
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Dr. Oleg Larionov

Methodology and Complex Molecule Synthesis
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Dr. Ghezai Musie

Development of Bioinspired Catalysts
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Dr. Francis Yoshimoto

Studying the Mechanisms of Enzyme Action and Target-Oriented Synthesis

Dr. John Zhao

Asymmetric Synthesis of Biologically Active Molecules Using Green Organocatalytic Methods
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Dr. Mahmoud Abdelwahed

Developing Novel Functional Nanomaterials with Potential Application in Energy, Catalysis, Optics, Sensing, Biology, Electronics, and Environment

Dr. Ethan Ahn

Nanotechnology: From Energy Harvesting to Quantum Teleport
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Dr. Mark Appleford

Mechanobiology of Surface Modified Titanium Implants for Orthopedic Applications
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Dr. Ender Finol

Image-Based Modeling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
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Small Animal Vessel Mechanics
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Dr. Wei Gao

Mechanical Properties and Behavior of Nano/Bio Materials; Atomistic Modeling of Materials

Dr. Marcio Giacomoni

Water Resources Systems Analysis, Management, and Planning

Dr. Teja Guda

Growing Blood Vessels to Enhance Bone Tissue Engineering
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Bioprinting 3D Teeth to Replace Teeth That Have Fallen Out
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Dr. Ruyan Guo

Solid State Device Physics; Fiber Optic Communications

Dr. Hai-Chao Han

Mechanical Properties of Arteries
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Dr. R. Lyle Hood

Design and Prototyping of a Novel Endotracheal Tube
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Dr. Yufei Huang

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Statistical Learning, and Digital Signal Processing

Dr. Amir Jafari

Physical Human-Robot Interaction
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Dr. Mo Jamshidi

Mobile Robotics
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Dr. Yufang Jin

Analysis and Design of Control Systems; Embedded Controls for Mobile Robotics

Dr. Vikram Kapoor

Tracking Primary Sources of Fecal Pollution in Edwards Aquifer
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Microbial Contamination in Texas Waterways Following Hurricane Harvey
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Dr. Harry Millwater

Finite Element Modeling of Structures
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Dr. Arturo Montoya

Safety and Reliability of Suspension Bridge Main Cables; Friction and Fracture of Corroded High Strength Steel Wires

Dr. Gabriela Romero-Uribe

Macromolecular Bio-Interfaces for Cell Manipulation; Biologically Inspired Drug Delivery Systems

Dr. Heather Shipley

Engineered Nano Embedded Zeolites for Enhanced Removal of Water Pollutants
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Quorum Sensing of Microbial Communities
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Implementation of a Low Impact Development Test Bed at UTSA Main Campus, with Dr. Marcio Giacomoni
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Dr. Liang Tang

Nanomaterials and Biomaterials

Dr. Xiaodu Wang

Proteoglycans and Age-Related Bone Fragility Fractures
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Digital Model of Trabecular Bone
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Dr. Jing Yong Ye

Development of a Photonic Crystal Biosensor
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Dr. Xiaowei Zeng

Computational Modelling and Simulation of Collective Cell Migration
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Environmental Science

Dr. Brian Laub

River Habitat Use by Fish and Other Aquatic Organisms
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Connectivity Patterns and Disruptions in Urban Stream Systems
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Effectiveness of Stormwater Treatment Facilities on the UTSA Campus
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Geological Sciences

Dr. Hongjie Xie

Satellite-Based Remote Sensing Applications for Polar Regions and Natural Disasters
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Dr. Arturo AyĆ³n

Materials Science of Thin Films, Microdevices, and Photovoltaics

Dr. Lorenzo Brancaleon

Dye-Mediated, Light-Induced Conformational Changes in Globular Proteins
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Dr. Liao Chen

In Silico and In Vitro Experiments on Water Channel Proteins
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Dr. Kathryn Mayer

Gold Nanoparticles for Photothermal Therapy Applications
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Dr. Kelly Nash

Laser Assisted Synthesis of Nanoparticles
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Nanoparticles as Remote Light Converters for Biomedical Applications
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Dr. Elizabeth Sooby

Studies of Corrosion and Materials Synthesis