Logo: University of Southern California

Joint Appointments

Joint Appointments

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).

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

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)
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).

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

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)

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

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)

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

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).

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

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

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)

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. 

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

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).

Dennis P. O'Leary, Ph.D.
, Professor
Vestibular neurophysiology and vestibular disorders (Otolaryngology, Physiology and Biophysics). 

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.

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

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)

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).

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
Neuro Imaging (Keck School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering)

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

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

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


USC Biomedical Engineering :: 1042 Downey Way :: Denney Research Center (DRB) 140 :: Los Angeles, CA 90089-1111 :: Phone (213) 740-7237