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Ellis Meng

Professor & Chair of Biomedical Engineering

Implantable biomedical microdevices, neural interfaces, micro sensors and actuators, BioMEMS, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip.

Office: DRB 159
Phone: (213) 740-6952
Fax: (213) 740-0343


Selected Publications

E Meng, T Hoang, and U Sinha. Implantable Pumps Incorporating Nanotechnology. The Textbook of Nanoneurosurgery, Taylor and Francis Group, Eds. Babak Kateb and John Heiss, Ch. 20, 2013. ISBN: 9781439849415.

C Lee, L Jug, and E Meng. High Strain Biocompatible PDMS-based Conductive Graphene and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Strain Sensors. Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, 2013, Article Number 183511, doi: 10.1063/1.4804580.

BJ Kim, JTW Kuo, SA Hara, CD Lee, L Yu, CA Gutierrez, T Hoang, V Pikov, and E Meng. 3D Parylene sheath neural probe for chronic recordings. Journal of Neural Engineering, Vol. 10, Issue 4, 2013, Article Number 045002, doi:10.1088/1741-2560/10/4/045002.

R Sheybani, H Gensler, and E Meng.  A MEMS Electrochemical Bellows Actuator for Fluid Metering Applications. Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 15, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 37-48, doi: 10.1007/s10544-012-9685-0.

E Meng and T Hoang. MEMS-enabled Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps for Laboratory Animal Research, Preclinical, and Clinical Applications.  Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Vol. 64, 2012, pp. 1628-1638, doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2012.08.006.

E Meng, X Zhang, and W Benard. Additive Processes for Polymeric Materials. MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook, Springer, Eds. Reza Ghodssi and Pinyen Li, Ch. 4, 2011, pp. 193-271. ISBN: 9780387473161.

E Meng. Biomedical Microsystems. Boca Raton, FL:CRC Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-4200-5122-3.



Ellis Meng is a Professor of biomedical and electrical engineering and chair of the Women in Science and Engineering program in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Meng directs the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory which specializes in focuses on advancing medicine using enabling micromachining, micro- sensor and actuator, microfluidic, and microsystems technologies. She completed her graduate work in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2003. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Awards. Ellis was recognized as a 2009 TR35 Young Innovator Under 35 for her work in next generation drug delivery pumps. In 2012, she was names one of the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry’s MedTech 40 under 40. Dr. Meng is a strong proponent of translation of microtechnologies in medicine; she is an inventor of novel pumping technology that is being commercialized by Fluid Synchrony LLC which she co-founded. She currently serves at the chair of the Viterbi School of Engineering Committee of the Women in Science and Engineering Program. She also an active educator and authored a textbook on bioMEMS. Her professional memberships include Tau Beta Pi, IEEE, ASME, ASEE, and BMES.



The Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory at USC focuses on developing novel micro- and nanotechnologies for biomedical applications, especially unmet clinical needs. In particular, we are interested in the integration of multiple modalities (e.g. electrical, mechanical, and chemical) in miniaturized devices measuring no more than a few millimeters for use in fundamental scientific research, biomedical diagnostics, and therapy. We achieve these goals through the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, especially biocompatible polymer microfabrication. Current research topics range from fundamental investigation of novel hybrid neural interfaces to the development of complex implantable medical devices for management of hydrocephalus and closed-loop metronomic drug delivery for treating pediatric cancers. There is great potential for these new techniques and devices to result in discoveries that will reshape the scientific and medical landscape.