PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Ali Marjaninejad was recently recognized by USC’s Graduate Student Government during its International Student Recognition Luncheon. Five students were honored as part of International Student Appreciation Week, with Marjaninejad recognized for his “hard work, dedication, and service to USC.”
Marjaninejad, who was invited to give a speech at the event, said he was deeply honored and humbled to be recognized.
“Thanks to the support of the USC Graduate School, I am able to pursue my passion, to learn and research how the brain works,” Marjaninejad said.
“Currently, my research, in collaboration with other universities and centers, focuses on how neurons (brain cells) talk to each other in the human cortex, and we are using this knowledge to build bio-inspired robots,” he said.
Marjaninejad is currently working within USC’s Brain-Body Dynamics Lab, led by Professor Francisco Valero-Cuevas. Marjaninejad is the USC student branch president of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics.