Biomedical Engineering @ USC

Welcome to the USC Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)!
Since our early roots as an option within electrical engineering in 1963, we have maintained a longstanding tradition of advancing biomedicine through the development and application of novel engineering ideas. Our department, founded in 1976, includes over 80 primary and affiliated faculty members that conduct cutting-edge research in a wide variety of areas, including neuroengineering, biosystems and biosignal analysis, medical devices and implants, bioimaging and imaging informatics, and systems cellular-molecular bioengineering.

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What Is Biomedical Engineering?

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  • Ellis Meng Honored as ASME  and BMES Fellow

    Congratulations to Professor Ellis Meng on being distinguished doubly in 2017, as both an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Fellow. Meng was selected by the ASME Committee of Past Presidents “for contributions to the field of biomedical microelectromechanical systems.” BMES selected Meng because she has “demonstrated exceptional achievements and has made significant contributions within the biomedical engineering field. This individual also has extensive leadership within the field but also has served within the Society.” 

  • Eun Ji Chung honored with AIChE’s Top 35 under 35, Emerging Investigator, and BMES Career Development Award

    BME would like to congratulate Eun Ji Chung for being selected for the American Institute for Chemical Engineers’ “35 under 35 Award.” Chung was recently interviewed by AIChE about the early career honor. Read more. In addition, Chung has recently been selected for the Emerging Investigator issue of Biomaterials Science and was granted a 2017 BMES Career Development Award.

  • Keyue Shen receives NIH Trailblazer Award

    A big congrats goes to Keyue Shen for being granted a three-year R21 Trailblazer Award from NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Shen was awarded for his research project proposal titled”Artificial Stromal Cell for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Expansion.” Shen will lead the project alongside co-investigator Dr. Rong Lu of the USC Stem Cell Department.

  • Stacey Finley Featured on ACS CrowdRise Site

    Stacey Finley has been awarded an American Cancer Society (ACS) research grant to develop a computer-driven model of molecules that stimulate and inhibit tumor angiogenesis. She is featured on ACS’s “Denim Day” crowdfunding website. Check out Stacey’s proposal as well as this fun initiative to raise money for cancer research!

Featured Awards

Featured Labs

Computational Systems Biology 

Center for Neural Engineering

Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering



Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: OHE 122
Speaker: Nitin Mehta (alumnus, USC BME M.S. program), Cardiac Implant and Catheter Expert, TUV SUD AmericaTalk Title: Research Presentation & Career PathHost: Stacey Finley, PhD


Amgen Seminar: Bryan Moyer

Wed, Sep 27, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: BCC First Floor Conference Room
Speaker: Bryan Moyer, AmgenTalk Title: Nav1.7 drug development for painSeries: USC/Amgen Seminar SeriesHost: USC/AmgenMore Info:


Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Mon, Oct 02, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: OHE 122
Speaker: Baotran Vo (alumna, USC BME M.S. program), Design Quality Engineer, MicroVentionTalk Title: Research Presentation & Career PathHost: Stacey Finley, PhD


Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Mon, Oct 09, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: OHE 122
Speaker: Narendran Murugan (alumnus, USC BME M.S. program), Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Edwards LifesciencesTalk Title: Research Presentation & Career PathHost: Stacey Finley, PhD

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Viterbi Faculty Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Mark Humayun and Shri Narayanan recognized for innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact.

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$100 Million Project to Make Intelligence-Boosting Brain Implant

New Scientist highlighted research by Ted Berger to develop a neuroprosthetic to help Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke and other brain disorders and injuries.

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