Baylor Surgeons and Rice Engineers Hold Collaboration Workshop

On Jan. 28, 2018 faculty members from the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University School of Engineering met in the BioScience Research Collaborative for a first-of-its-kind collaboration workshop hosted by the Rice Health-Related Research and Educational Initiatives (HRREI). This groundbreaking event put collaborative research endeavors between academic surgeons and engineers on display and cross-disciplinary thinking into practice.

The first half of the workshop provided an overview of the interface between surgical and engineering technologies and healthcare solutions, and showcased collaborative research projects led by Rice engineers and Baylor surgeons. After opening remarks from Advisor to the Provost and Rice Professor, Marcia O’Malley, Ph.D., workshop participants heard presentations from the event’s co-chairs, Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D., dean of Rice’s School of Engineering, and Todd Rosengart, M.D., chair of Baylor’s Department of Surgery. Next, teams of two faculty members, one from Rice engineering and one from Baylor surgery, gave three-minute presentations on their collaborative research projects in corresponding thematic areas: innovation and design prototype facilities; hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery/tissue engineering; vascular and cardiac-related technologies; minimally invasive surgery and robotics; and iCAMP/neuroengineering and signaling processing. In the second half, workshop participants attended two networking sessions, arranged by a thematic area of their choice and led by the Rice-Baylor presentation teams.

Another retreat is being planned for late April and will be followed up by a special focus Think Tank sessions to take place late May ( Please contact for more information relating to this venture and how to get involved.

Three-minute Presentations


Thematic Areas

Stuart Corr, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery and director of Technology Development, Baylor College of Medicine

Eric Richardson, Ph.D., lecturer, director of Global Medical Innovation, Rice University

Innovation and design prototype facilities

Steven Curley, M.D., professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine

Antonios Mikos, Ph.D., Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Rice University

Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery/tissue engineering

Ghanashyam Acharaya, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D., Isabel Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Vascular and cardiac-related technologies

James Suliburk, M.D., associate professor of surgery and chief of Endocrine Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Ashutosh Sabharwal, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering, Rice University

Perfusion imagining and nanofabrication

Edward Reece, M.D., EMBA, Josephine Abercrombie Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery Research and chief of Adult Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Marcia O’Malley, Ph.D., Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University

Minimally invasive surgery and robotics

Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc, professor of surgery, director of iCAMP (Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance), director of Clinical Research for the Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine

Behnaam Aazhang, Ph.D., J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University

iCAMP/neuroengineering and signal processing