Mario Romero-Ortega

Associate Professor - Bioengineering
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.

Publications

Functional regeneration of chronically injured sensory afferents into adult spinal cord after neurotrophin gene therapy 2001 - Journal Article
Erratum: Extensive sprouting of sensory afferents and hyperalgesia induced by conditional expression of nerve growth factor in the adult spinal cord (Journal of Neuroscience (June 15, 2000) (4435-4445)) 2000 - Journal Article
Extensive sprouting of sensory afferents and hyperalgesia induced by conditional expression of nerve growth factor in the adult spinal cord 2000 - Journal Article
Extensive sprouting of sensory afferents and hyperalgesia induced by conditional expression of nerve growth factor in the adult spinal cord 2000 - Journal Article
Adenoviral-mediated gene transfer to enhance neuronal survival, growth, and regeneration 1999 - Journal Article
Adenoviral-mediated gene transfer to enhance neuronal survival, growth, and regeneration 1999 - Journal Article
Visualization of axonally transported horseradish peroxidase using enhanced immunocytochemical detection: A direct comparison with the tetramethylbenzidine method 1999 - Journal Article
Visualization of axonally transported horseradish peroxidase using enhanced immunocytochemical detection: a direct comparison with the tetramethylbenzidine method 1999 - Journal Article
Adenoviral gene transfer into the normal and injured spinal cord: Enhanced transgene stability by combined administration of temperature-sensitive virus and transient immune blockade 1998 - Journal Article
Adenoviral gene transfer into the normal and injured spinal cord: enhanced transgene stability by combined administration of temperature-sensitive virus and transient immune blockade 1998 - 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.”