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Faculty

Since its inception, Biomedical Engineering research at USC has been directed to the study of the function and structure of living systems, as well as the application of engineering science to problems in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The department's primary faculty conduct innovative research in numerous areas of fundamental importance in biomedicine. 

Please click on the links at left for more detailed information on our faculty.  The comprehensive list below includes primary faculty,as well as joint appointed, adjunct and research faculty.


Michael A. Arbib, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Neural mechanisms, visuomotor coordination, neuroinformatics, language evolution (Computer Science, Neurobiology, Electrical Engineering, Psychology)

Andrea Armani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Biological and chemical sensors and microfluidics; development of novel surface chemistries; optical device design and characterization; synthesis of optical materials (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

George A. Bekey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Robotics, artificial intelligence, and neuromuscular systems (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering)

Theodore W. Berger, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, David Packard Chair in Engineering
Neurophysiology of memory and learning, nonlinear systems analysis of hippocampal network properties, neurobiology

Stefan Bluml, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Research Radiology, Director, New Imaging Technologies Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Study of Metabolism of Normal and Pathological Tissue in Vivo

Michael Bonaguidi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)

Jean Marie Bouteiller, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Neurophysiology of learning and memory, synaptic function, dysfunctions and plasticity
 
Roberta D. Brinton, Ph.D., Professor
Molecular pharmacology & toxicology, neuroscience, development of therapeutics to prevent and treat memory disorders, Alzheimer's disease. (Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology)

Robert Hsiu-Ping Chow, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Advancement of our understanding of how hormone and neuronal secretion is controlled in normal and pathological states; research topics are Exocytosis, Synaptic transmission , SNARE proteins, diabetes, pancreatic beta cell and insulin secretion (USC Neuroscience, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Zilkha Neurogenetic Insitute, Keck School of Medicine)

Sophia Chun, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
 
Eun Ji Chung, Ph.D., Gabilian Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomaterials, Self-Assembly, Nanomedicine, Theranostics, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine

Peter S. Conti, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Development of new radio tracers and diagnostic procedures for use in positron emission tomography (Radiology, Director, PET Imaging Science Center)

David Z. D'Argenio, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chonette Chair in Biomedical Technology 
Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic systems analysis, systems biology of drug action, drug development

Alireza DiBazar, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Computational neuroengineering (BME-Neural Dynamic Laboratory)

Stephan G. Erberich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research Radiology, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
PACS research, medical image informatics. (Radiology, Pediatrics, Children Hospital Los Angeles)

Daniel Farkas, Ph.D., Research Professor

James Finley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Human locomotion, neuromechanics of movement, neuromuscular disorders, rehabilitation, neuroimaging (Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy)

Stacey D. Finley, Ph.D.,Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Computational systems biology, Angiogenesis, Metabolism, Cancer therapeutic

Scott Fraser, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Imaging the molecular signals, cell motions and tissue morphogenesis involved in embryogenesis and other complex events using advanced imaging technologies. 

Tracy C. Grikscheit, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery/Attending Surgeon
Current treatment for children with an inadequate amount of small bowel has a 30% 5-year mortality rate and serious morbidities that destroy the quality of life. Surgical and medical therapies are inadequate with high costs and failure rates. Tissue-engineered small intestine may offer an alternative and superior means for restoring intestinal length and function.; Organ-specific stem cells, tissue engineering (
Pediatric Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, The Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles)

Justin P. Haldar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Biomedical Imaging; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neuroimaging; Constrained Image Reconstruction; Signal Modeling; Inverse Problems; Parameter Estimation; Experiment Design (Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering)

Bo Han, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research
Tissue engineering (Surgery)

H.K. (Bernie) Huang, D.Sc., FRCR(Hon.), Professor Emeritus
PACS research, medical image informatics, imaging processing and communication and telemedicine. (Radiology)

Mark S. Humayun, Ph.D., Professor
Retinal prosthesis, transplantation of photosystem I molecules into bipolar cells, and cannulation of retinal vessels. (Medicine)

Hossein Jadvar, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
Positron emission tomography (PET), molecular imaging, medical imaging in microgravity, biosignal processing, bioinstrumentation (Radiology).

Radha Kalluri, Ph.D.,Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Keck School of Medicine, House Ear Institute
Interested in understanding the biophysical mechanisms by which the auditory periphery parses frequency and intensity information, and how these functions degrade with hearing loss (Medicine, Neuroscience)

Steve Kay, Ph.D., Director of Convergent Biosciences, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences
Composition and architecture of circadian networks in plants and animals; exploring how clocks regulate processes such as glucose homeostasis in mammals and growth in plants.


Michael C.K. Khoo, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics
Neurorespiratory system modeling, cardiopulmonary control, non-invasive physiological monitoring.

Kwang Jin Kim, Ph.D., Professor
Pulmonary epithelial transport properties in health and disease (Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics)

Peter Kuhn, Ph.D., Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (Biological Sciences, Medicine, Mechanical Engineering)

Jason J. Kutch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Neural mechanisms for muscle activation, Engineering of non-invasive systems to study human motor function, Neuromuscular disorders

Samuel Landsberger, Sc.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
Prosthetics and Orthotics ( Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center )

Meng Law, M.D
., MBBS, FRACR, Professor
MR Imaging methods for functional, diffusion, perfusion, permeability neuroimaging of the brain and spine. Development of novel MRI sequences and ultrafast MR imaging with compressed sensing and other acceleration techniques (Director of Neuroradiology, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program, ADRC Neuroimaging Core at USC)

Richard M. Leahy, Ph.D., Professor
Biomedical image formation and analysis (Electrical Engineering and Radiology)

Eun Jin “Grace” Lee, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor
Neurobiology of sensory and neurodegenerative disorders; Synaptic plasticity in retinal development, Structural Neurochemistry of Retinal Circuit

Natasha Lepore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research in Radiology at USC and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, with joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering.
Computational anatomy, post-processing methods for structural and diffusion brain MR images, group analyses of normal and abnormal brain development and of brain neurological disorders in adults, genetic analyses in twins

Jay Lieberman, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine

Leonard Litvak, Ph.D., Scientist Fellow (Advanced Bionics Corporation)

Brent Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Engineering Practice
PACS research and medical image informatics (Radiology and Biomedical Engineering)

Gerald E. Loeb, M.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Deputy Director of the BMES ERC
Neural prosthetics, neurophysiology and computer modeling of sensory-motor control systems.

Jean-Michel Maarek, Dr. Eng., Professor of Engineering Practice, Director of the Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering Program, and Director of Undergraduate Affairs for the BME department
Director of Medical Device & Diagnostic Engineering Program
Biomedical photonics, clinical lasers, measurement and modeling of cardiorespiratory activity.

J. Andrew Mackay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Biomolecular engineering, biophysics, and pharmaceutics of environmentally-responsive drug carriers, developed using lipid and polypeptide nanoparticles (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences) Biomolecular engineering, biophysics, and pharmaceutics of environmentally-responsive drug carriers, developed using lipid and polypeptide nanoparticles (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Anupam Madhukar, Ph.D., Professor
Nano-science and technology, interfacial materials science, cell adhesion (Materials Science & Chemical Engineering, Physics)

Noah Malmstadt Ph.D., Associate Professor
Passive transport across lipid membranes. Biomimetic synthetic cell membranes. Green nanomanufacturing.Nanoscale structure formation in model lipid membranes. Microfluidic reaction control by phase-selective extraction.

Vasilis Z. Marmarelis, Ph.DProfessor of Biomedical Engineering
Mathematical and computational modeling of dynamic nonlinear physiological systems and analysis of biomedical signals, with emphasis on improved clinical diagnosis and novel treatments. Innovative use of ultrasound for 3D diagnostic imaging and non-invasive treatments.

Megan McCain, Ph.D., Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Mechanotransduction, cardiovascular development and disease, tissue engineering, Organs on Chips.

Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D., Professor
Control and dynamics of movement (multijoint systems) (Kinesiology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering).

Bartlett W. Mel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Dendritic computation, biologically inspired vision algorithms, neural substrate for learning and memory.

Ellis Meng, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Implantable biomedical microdevices, neural interfaces, micro sensors and actuators, BioMEMS, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip.

Rex Moats, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Pathology and Radiology, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Integration of physical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, and biomaterial sciences in the study of mineralization of enamel and dentin (Division of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry)

Krishna S. Nayak, Ph.D., Professor
Rapid magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular imaging, artifact correction (Electrical Engineering and Medicine).

C. L. Nikias, Ph.D., Professor
Statistical signal processing, array processing, detection and estimation (President, USC ).

Philip Requejo, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Focuses on engineering solutions to enhance mobility in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)

Damien Rodger, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Clinical Ophthalmology), Research Assistant Professor (Biomedical Engineering)
Research on the design, fabrication, and testing of biomedical microdevices and BioMEMS for retinal and neural stimulation and recording, intraocular pressure monitoring and reduction, and chronic drug delivery; novel biomaterials for ophthalmic implants and chronic implantation; devices for uveitis management; clinical and imaging studies in retinal and uveitic eye disease.


Terence Sanger, M.D., Ph.D., Provost Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neurology and Biokinesiology
Computational models of motor learning and adaptation, phenomenology of movement and movement disorders, childhood motor development

Stefan Schaal, Ph.D., Professor
Statistical learning, motor control, computational neuroscience, biomimetic and humanoid robotics, nonlinear dynamics, motor psychophysics, neuroimaging

Joseph Schulman, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
Long-term glucose sensing; neural prostheses; glucose delivery system; medical devices (Alfred E. Mann Foundation).

Nicolas Schweighofer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, Director of Computational Neuro-Rehabilitation & Learning Lab
Developing a neuro-computational theory of sustained motivation to learn motor skills; studying the roles of neuromodulation in synaptic plasticity in health and disease; developing optimal schedules of motor skill learning in stroke patients.

Robert V. Shannon Ph.D, Research Professor
Auditory prosthesis and electrical stimulation patterns (Keck School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, Neuroscience)

Keyue Shen, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
BioMEMS, microfluidics, immune system bioengineering, cancer bioengineering, stem-cell biology, biomechanics, cell/tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, systems biology

Prakash Shrivastava, Ph.D., Professor
Advanced imaging techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, controlled delivery of clinical hyperthermia, and monitoring of tissue temperature distributions (Radiation Oncology).

K. Kirk Shung, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Ultrasonic imaging and tissue characterization, ultrasonic transducers and arrays.

Dong Song, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor
Experimental and computational studies of the hippocampus, cortical cognitive neural prostheses, nonlinear systems analysis

Armand Tanguay, Jr., Ph.D., Professor
Electrical and electrophysics engineering: photonic implementations of neural networks, development of materials and devices for optical information processing and computing. (Electrical Engineering)

Paul Thompson, Ph.D., Professor (Keck School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering)
Neuro Imaging

Arthur Toga, Ph.D., Professor (Keck School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering)
Neuro Imaging

George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary teams, design thinking, entrepreneurial engineering and medicine, medical device development, commercialization and regulatory pathways, health care process and business innovation, clinical trials, research ethics, hospital performance metrics, data analytics, implementation science, healthcare leadership development.

Shirin Towfigh, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
Development of novel technologies for minimally invasive surgery

Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering  &  Professor of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Neuromuscular systems and sensorimotor control, biomechanics, computational methods, human dexterous manipulation

Pin Wang, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Engineering viral vectors for targeted gene delivery; dendritic cell-directed vaccine; bionanotechnology (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

James D. Weiland, Ph.D., Professor
Retinal prosthesis, electrical stimulation of nerve and muscle, and stimulating electrode technology (Medicine)

John Wood, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Professor of Radiology
MR Imaging (Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles)

Tishya A.L. Wren, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
Biomechanics of pathological movement (Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles)

Stanley M. Yamashiro, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Cardiopulmonary regulation and dynamics, and pulmonary assist devices (also Electrical Engineering).

Jesse T. Yen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering 
Volumetric ultrasound imaging, biomedical imaging

Development, assessment and clinical translation of new nano-based molecular imaging strategies to help clinicians detect cancers with better sensitivity and specificity. 
 

Qifa Zhou, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology
BioMEMS/Nano technology, 3D printing technology, high frequency ultrasound and stimulation, Multimodal Imaging,  and high resolution elastography