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.


Slump Molding of Microchannel Arrays in Soda-Lime Glass for Bioanalytical Device Development 2014 - Journal Article
identification of efferent activity during rat bipedal locomotion in regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces 2014 - Journal Article
immunoevasive Cnt-sheet Electrode for enabling chronic and reliable neurointerfacing 2014 - Journal Article
microchannel based Multi-electrode Array: A novel bioelectronic tool for hypersensitivity regulation 2014 - Journal Article
Ephrin-B2 expression in the proprioceptive sensory system. 2013 - Journal Article
Reelin induces EphB activation. 2013 - Journal Article
Ephrin-B2 expression in the proprioceptive sensory system 2013 - Journal Article
Reelin induces EphB activation 2013 - Journal Article
Normal molecular repair mechanisms in regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces allow recording of early spike activity despite immature myelination. 2012 - Journal Article
Material considerations for peripheral nerve interfacing 2012 - 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.”