Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program — National Research Council


Dr. Akhil Bidani
Dr. Akhil Bidani

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Office Location: W206, Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-4066   |   Fax: 713-743-4323
Email: abidani [at] uh [dot] edu


B.S. Chemical Engineering, Punjab University (1969)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Houston (1975)
M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch (1981)

Research Interests: 

Dr. Akhil Bidani's research interests include mechanisms and kinetics of microvascular gas and ion transport; intracellular pH and its regulation in lung cells; mechanisms of pulmonary uptake of toxic reactive gases; pathophysiology of lung function abnormalities in acute lung injury and ARDS; physiology of cardiopulmonary support; and mathematical modeling of cellular transport processes.

  • Mechanisms and kinetics of microvascular gas and ion transport
  • Intracellular pH and its regulation in lung cells
  • Mechanisms of pulmonary uptake of toxic reactive gases
  • Pathophysiology of lung function abnormalities in acute lung injury and ARDS
  • Physiology of cardiopulmonary support
  • Mathematical modeling of cellular transport processes


Funding Received

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1 R01 HL51421-01A2, ALVEOLAR MACROPHAGE INTRACELLULAR ACID BASE REGULATION AND CELL FUNCTION, $228932, 1995-1999

Professional Activities: 

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Association for Bronchology

American Association for Respiratory Care

American College of Chest Physicians

American College of Critical Care Medicine

American College of Physicians

American Heart Association, Cardiopulmonary Council

American Institute of Chemical Engineering

American Medical Association

American Physiological Society

American Society for Artifical Internal Organs

American Society of Clinical Investigation

American Thoracic Society

Biomedical Engineering Society

European Society for Respiratory Physiology

Foundation for Critical Care

Galveston County Medical Association

Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology

New York Academy of Sciences

Society for Computer Simulation (SCS)

Society for Critical Care Medicine

Society for Leukocyte Biology

Society of General Physiologists

Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

Texas Medical Association

Texas Thoracic Society

World Association for Bronchology

Selected Publications

  1. Heming TA, Bidani A,

    “Intracellular pH regulation in U937 human monocytes: roles of V-ATPase and Na+/H+ exchange,” Immunobiology207(2): 141-8

    , 2003
  2. Jayroe JB, Wang D, Deyo DJ, Alpard SK, Bidani A, Zwischenberger JB,

    “The effect of augmented hemodynamics on blood flow during arteriovenous carbon dioxide removal,”Asaio Journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992). 49(1): 30-4

    , 2003
  3. Badar T, Bidani A,

    “Mechanical ventilatory support,” Chest Surgery Clinics of North America12(2): 265-99, vi

    , 2002
  4. Heming TA, Bidani A,

    “Plasmalemmal H+ extruders in mammalian alveolar macrophages,”Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology,133(1): 143-50

    , 2002
  5. Morrison RJ, Bidani A,

    “Acute respiratory distress syndrome epidemiology and pathophysiology,” Chest Surgery Clinics of North America12(2): 301-23

    , 2002
  6. Alpard SK; Duarte AG; Bidani A; Zwischenberger JB,

    “Pathogenesis and management of respiratory insufficiency following pulmonary resection,” Seminars in Surgical Oncology,18(2): 183-96

    , 2000