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Mario Romero-Ortega

Mario Romero-Ortega

Associate Professor - Bioengineering
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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
AxoDetect: an automated nerve image segmentation and quantification workflow for computational nerve modeling 2024 - Journal Article
Liquid crystal elastomer based dynamic device for urethral support: Potential treatment for stress urinary incontinence 2023 - Journal Article
Intraneural SiC multi electrodes to detect multimodal sensory signals 2023 - Conference Paper
Biomechanics Characterization of Autonomic and Somatic Nerves by High Dynamic Closed-Loop MEMS force sensing 2023 - Other
Platinized graphene fiber electrodes uncover direct spleen-vagus communication 2021 - Journal Article

News Articles

Study Uncovers How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees
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.”