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., Associate 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

  • 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., 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 )


Research Faculty

  • Jean Marie Bouteiller, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
    Neurophysiology of learning and memory, synaptic function, dysfunctions and plasticity

    Alireza DiBazar, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
    Computational neuroengineering (BME-Neural Dynamic Laboratory)

    Stephan G. Erberich, Ph.D., Professor of Research, Radiology (Childrens Hospital Los Angeles) and Director Biomedical Informatics at The Saban Research Institute of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
    PACS research, medical image informatics. (Radiology, Pediatrics, Children Hospital Los Angeles)

    Daniel Farkas, Ph.D., Research Professor

    Arkadiusz Gertych Ph.D, Research Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Bioimage informatics, computer-aided diagnosis in medicine (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Surgery)

    John J. Granacki, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Systems and Biomedical Engineering,
    Computer architecture including biologically-inspired architectures, design automation, and VLSI design. (EE-Systems, Information Sciences Institute)

    Bo Han, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
    Tissue engineering (Surgery)

    Hyung Ham (David) Kim, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Manager of NIH Resource on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology
    High frequency medical ultrasound imaging systems and transducers, precision devices for microbeam ultrasound applications

  • Jonathan Lasch, Ph.D., Research Professor & Director,  Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering.
    Technology transfer and biomedical entrepreneurship

    Eun Jin “Grace” Lee, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor
    Neurobiology of sensory and neurodegenerative disorders; Synaptic plasticity in retinal development, Structural Neurochemistry of Retinal Circuit

    Alfred E. Mann, M.S., Research Professor
    Device and other technologies for improving human health (Mannkind Corp.)

    Robert V. Shannon Ph.D, Research Professor
    Auditory prosthesis and electrical stimulation patterns (Keck School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, Neuroscience)

    Dong Song, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor
    Experimental and computational studies of the hippocampus, cortical cognitive neural prostheses, nonlinear systems analysis

    Tishya A.L. Wren, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
    Biomechanics of pathological movement (Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles )

Adjunct & Teaching Faculty

  • Sophia Chun, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

    Alireza DiBazar, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Computational neuroengineering (BME-Neural Dynamic Laboratory)

    Edward Ebramzadeh, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

    Norberto Grzywacz, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
    Small networks of retinal neurons, emergence of retinal function during development, retina as an optimal computational device, measurement of visual motion in the brain, perceptual learning, analysis of medical images.
    Brittany Kay, Ph.D., Full-time Lecturer
    Konstantina S. Nikita, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
    Therapeutic and Diagnostic Techniques Based on the Use of RF Electromagnetic Fields. Applied Computational Bioelectromagnetics. Biomedical Telemetry. Simulation of Physiological/Biological Systems. Optimization Algorithms and Applications. Neuroinformatics-Computational Neuroscience.
  • Philip Requejo, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
    Focuses on engineering solutions to enhance mobility in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)
    Joseph Schulman, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
    Long-term glucose sensing; neural prostheses; glucose delivery system; medical devices (Alfred E. Mann Foundation)
    George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
    Interdisciplinary teams, design thinking, entrepreneurial engineering and medicine, medical device development, commercialization and regulatory pathways, health care process and business innovation, clinical trials, research ethics, hospital performance metrics, data analytics, implementation science, healthcare leadership development.
    Shirin Towfigh, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
    Development of novel technologies for minimally invasive surgery

Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Associates

Adam Jacobs, Ph.D.

Ruibin Liu, Ph.D.

Heiko Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Yao Li, Ph.D. (Medical Device Development Facility, MDDF)