David Mayerich, PhD

  • Recruited to: The University of Houston
  • Recruited from: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Award: First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member

Dr. David Mayerich received his PhD at Texas A&M University in the Brain Networks Laboratory, where he developed high-performance imaging methods that allow the acquisition of whole-organ samples at sub-micrometer resolution. His addition to the University of Houston’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will help boost the department’s expertise in biomedical research, particularly in the fields of high-performance computing and biomedical imaging.

Dr. Mayerich was a research scientist with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received the Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship. He also received the National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) Award from the National Library of Medicine. This award funds research into imaging and modeling microvascular networks, extremely complex structures that play a particularly prominent role in kidney cancer.

His laboratory at the University of Houston will focus on phenotyping of large tissue samples, including whole tumors. The primary goal of this research is to develop new methods for imaging clinical tissue biopsies and whole tumors at large scale and high resolution. His work will bring the power of high-performance imaging and modeling to biomedical researchers and clinicians to aid in both cancer diagnosis and treatment.