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.

Current Faculty Openings

What Is Biomedical Engineering?

Opportunities for


Diverse Masters


PhD Programs
and Research



  • BME Students Win BMES 2017 Awards


    Congratulations to BME undergraduate student Tilden Chima ’18 (L) and PhD student Jeffrey Santoso (R) for winning BMES 2017 travel awards. Chima is a 2017 BMES-NSBE Travel Awardee and Santoso is a 2017 BMES Career Development Awardee. Awesome job, both!!

  • 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.” 

  • 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!

  • 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.

Featured Awards

Featured Labs

Computational Systems Biology 

Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory

Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering



BME Lab Rotation Presentations

Fri, Oct 20, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: DRB 145A
Speaker: Lirong Yan, PhD, Assistant Professor Of Research Neurology, USC Institute for Neuroimaging and InformaticsTalk Title: Cerebrovascular MRI with Dynamic Arterial Spin LabelingSeries: Seminars in BME (Lab Rotations)Host: Brent...


Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Mon, Oct 23, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: OHE 122
Speaker: Gilles Gnacadja, Ph.D., Director of Life Sciences Mathematics, AmgenTalk Title: Non-Monotone Dose-Response Curves in Receptor PharmacologyHost: Stacey Finley, PhD


Fred S. Grodins Keynote Lecture

Thu, Oct 26, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: EEB 132
Speaker: Na Ji, PhD, Associate Professor Departments of Physics and Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, BerkeleyTalk Title: Probing neural circuits with shaped lightSeries: Annual Grodins Keynote LectureAbstract: To...


Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Mon, Oct 30, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: OHE 122
Speaker: Chuck Li (Alumnus, USC BME MS program), Senior Engineer, Research & Automation Technologies, AmgenTalk Title: Engineering solutions in drug discovery-”how automation and innovation improve efficiency and enable better...

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