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.


Prophylactic riluzole attenuates oxidative stress damage in spinal cord distraction 2018 - Journal Article
A sub-millimeter, inductively powered neural stimulator 2017 - Journal Article
Atraumatic Spine Distraction Induces Metabolic Distress in Spinal Motor Neurons 2017 - Journal Article
Device for induction of cellular activity 2017 - Other
Carbon nano tube based antennas 2017 - Other
A Sub-millimeter, Inductively Powered Neural Stimulator 2017 - Journal Article
Asymmetric Sensory-Motor Regeneration of Transected Peripheral Nerves Using Molecular Guidance Cues 2017 - Journal Article
Atraumatic spine distraction induces metabolic distress in spinal motor neurons 2017 - Journal Article
Implantable electrodes 2017 - Journal Article
Median and ulnar nerve injuries reduce volitional forelimb strength in rats 2017 - 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.”