Mario Romero-Ortega

Associate Professor - Bioengineering
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Tags: Bioengineering

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Neuroscience
Tulane University - 1997

Research Areas

Research Interests

Understanding the molecular basis of axon guidance and target recognition during development and regeneration, and to generate novel nerve repair strategies.

Specific research areas include: Spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve gap repair, and regenerative peripheral neurointerfaces.


A new SU8-based grooved microelectrode array for improved extracellular recording - Journal Article
A/Prof. Mario Romero-Ortega - Journal Article
MRS Advances - Journal Article
Bladder and urethral dysfunction in multiparous and mature rabbits correlates with abnormal activity of pubococcygeus and bulbospongiosus muscles 2020 - Journal Article
High-Performance Graphene-Fiber-Based Neural Recording Microelectrodes 2019 - Journal Article
Enhancing plasticity in central networks improves motor and sensory recovery after nerve damage 2019 - Journal Article
Mechanical considerations for design and implementation of peripheral intraneural devices 2019 - Journal Article
Miniature electroparticle-cuff for wireless peripheral neuromodulation 2019 - Journal Article
Prophylactic Riluzole Attenuates Oxidative Stress Damage in Spinal Cord Distraction 2018 - Journal Article
Thin Film Multi-Electrode Softening Cuffs for Selective Neuromodulation 2018 - Journal Article

News Articles

Study Uncovers How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees
For years, retired Maj. David Underwood has noticed that whenever he drove under power lines and around other electromagnetic fields, he would feel a buzz in what remained of his arm. When traveling by car through Texas’ open spaces, the buzz often became more powerful.

“When roaming on a cellphone in the car kicked in, the pain almost felt like having my arm blown off again,” said Underwood, an Iraq War veteran who was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED). His injuries have resulted in 35 surgeries and the amputation of his left arm. Shrapnel from the IED also tore part of his leg and left him with more than 100 smaller wounds. “I didn’t notice the power lines, cellphones on roam or other electromagnetic fields until I first felt them in my arm.”