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Arash Mafi, Ph.D.

Arash Mafi, Ph.D. Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy Member, Center for High Technology Materials Dr. Mafi’s research areas include: Optics and photonics: Theoretical, computational, and experimental; Guided-wave and fiber optics; High power fiber lasers: Radiation-balanced fiber lasers; Image transport using transverse Anderson localization; Wave propagation in random media; Laser and nonlinear properties of Anderson localization optical fibers; Entangled pair generation in optical …Read More

UNM Inventor Elected 2021 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected their new cohort of 2021 NAI Fellows and a University of New Mexico inventor, Dr. David G. Whitten, has made their list. Dr. Whitten is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and associate director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering. Election to NAI Fellow status is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to academic inventors who …Read More

UNM I-Corps Site Program Trains Fall 2021 Cohort

Monday evening marked the last meeting of the UNM Lobo Rainforest I-Corps program. This 10-week long program trains entrepreneurial-minded faculty and students on how to transition their STEM-related technologies to the marketplace. Six teams participated in the fall cohort and consisted of an academic lead (a UNM faculty or staff member), an entrepreneurial lead (a UNM student or post-doc), and an external industry mentor provided by the I-Corps program. Throughout …Read More

Fourth UNM Business and Economic Summit Promotes Collaboration in New Mexico for a Brighter Future

UNM Rainforest Innovations hosted the fourth UNM Business and Economic Summit on November 16 which convened around a statewide strategic plan developed by the New Mexico Economic Development Department called, “Empower and Collaborate – New Mexico’s Economic Path Forward.” The summit took place online and a recording of the full event is available on the UNM Rainforest Innovations YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFtbOlx0now. The event kicked off with Welcome Remarks by …Read More

UNM Team Receives $2 Million from the Department of Energy for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research Project

John Stormont, a UNM professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, and his team were selected by the Department of Energy for a $2 million grant to further develop their geothermal energy research project. In total, the Department of Energy committed $12 million to seven research projects around the country in order to advance the commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). This clean and reliable energy source …Read More

UNM Inventor’s Cancer Vaccine Research Published in Prestigious Science Journal

Rita Serda, research assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, and her colleagues have been researching ways in which cancer cells can be transformed into stable, pathogen-mimicking cells in order to create personalized cancer vaccines. Earlier this month, their innovative research was featured in the prestigious science journal, Nature Biomedical Engineering, along with their research article, “Cancer vaccines from cryogenically silicified tumor cells functionalized with pathogen-associated molecular patterns.” Dr. …Read More

Local Startup Nob Hill Therapeutics Names Strategic Advisory Board

Nob Hill Therapeutics, a local startup developing the first dry powder nebulizer (DryNeb™) for the treatment of severe respiratory diseases, has announced the members of their new Strategic Advisory Board. This includes John Pritchard, Ph.D., Caroline Baxter, M.D., Charles Daley, M.D., and Noel Greenberger. The group is tasked with guiding the company’s clinical development direction and to advise the company on strategic business planning. Learn more about Nob Hill Therapeutics …Read More

Researchers at UNM Discover SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Interferes with Autophagy Process

A team at the University of New Mexico recently published a paper in the science journal, Cell, which helps explain how autophagy, the fundamental biological process by which cells break down and destroy old or damaged cells, functions in mammalian and human cells and how the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can interfere with this process. The UNM team is led by Dr. Vojo Deretic, a distinguished professor and director of UNM’s Autophagy, …Read More

Karin Westlund High, Ph.D.

Karin Westlund High, Ph.D. Professor and Vice-Chair of Research Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine The University of New Mexico New Mexico VA Health Care System Research Physiologist AIM Center Affiliate Active Startup: VIC Foundry, Inc. The goal of Dr. Westlund High’s work is to unravel molecular mechanisms of nociception and chronic pain in pre-clinical models and in human patients with the aim of developing novel non-opioid treatments to …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations Hosts November Technology Showcase

On November 9, UNM Rainforest Innovations hosted a technology showcase highlighting innovative life-science and physical-science technologies developed at the University of New Mexico. All technologies featured in the event are currently available for commercialization. Opening remarks were given by Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer at UNM Rainforest Innovations. The life-science technology presentations were moderated by Gregg Banninger, Ph.D., Innovation Manager of Life Sciences at UNMRI, and physical-science …Read More