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.


Anthropogenic radio-frequency electromagnetic fields elicit neuropathic pain in an amputation model 2016 - Journal Article
Brain on a bench top: Cortical neurons within a 3D printed structure 2016 - Journal Article
Anthropogenic Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Elicit Neuropathic Pain in an Amputation Model 2016 - Journal Article
Brain on a bench top 2016 - Journal Article
Electrical stimulation enhances the acetylcholine receptors available for neuromuscular junction formation 2016 - Journal Article
Electromagnetic interference in intraoperative monitoring of motor evoked potentials and a wireless solution 2016 - Journal Article
in-vivo Testing of a 16-channel Wireless Subminiature Bioelectronic Medicine Interface (10769) 2016 - Journal Article
Corrigendum to "Ephrin-B2 expression in the proprioceptive sensory system" [Neurosci. Lett. 545 (2013) 69-74] 2015 - Journal Article
3D printing of layered brain-like structures using peptide modified gellan gum substrates. 2015 - 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.”