Research in Biomedical Engineering
Since its inception, biomedical engineering research at USC has been directed to the study of the function and structure of living systems, as well as the application of engineering science to problems in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program
The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds translational projects that focus on applying developed technologies to solve an unmet or underserved clinical need. Project proposals at all stages of development from concept to implementation are invited for assessment, although the program does not fund discovery research (the creation of new knowledge). The USC Coulter Program supports project teams that are interdisciplinary in nature and include faculty members from the Biomedical Engineering Department in the Viterbi School of Engineering and clinical faculty from the Keck School of Medicine.
USC Biomedical Engineering Department Labs
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Our diverse experimental arsenal ranges from EMG recording and custom-made virtual reality modules, detailed characterization of multifinger structure and function, to mapping the function of the human brain with fMRI. These procedures in turn inform theoretical work to characterize complex sensorimotor function through rigorous and anatomically faithful mathematical models. While ultimately seeking improved clinical diagnosis and treatment procedures, we emphasize the scientific investigation of the neuromuscular biomechanics of the hand in general, and actively promote the use of this knowledge to improve the design and control of prosthetic and robotic systems.
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Under the directorship of Professor Theodore W. Berger, the Center for Neural Engineering (CNE) consists of six core departments: biological sciences, biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, molecular pharmacology and toxicology, and psychology. The mission of the Center for Neural Engineering is to facilitate the development of research, training, and technology transfer programs through mechanisms that support the exchange of intellectual and technical expertise between the engineering, neuroscience and medical faculty at USC.
For more information on our faculty and research, please visit the CNE website.
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The current research directions are in developing integrated techniques for subcellular biosensing and modulation of T cell activation, and creating microfabricated models of cancer microenvironments. The functional goal of our research is to translate the knowledge gained into applications for immune and cancer therapeutics, cancer biomarker/drug development, and regenerative medicine.
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1. Establishing renewable sources of differentiated human cells.
2. Engineering biomimetic cellular microenvironments.
3. Developing tools to quantify the function of engineered tissues.
1. Establishing fundamental insight into human tissue structure-function relationships.
2. Elucidating cellular mechanisms of human diseases.
3. Developing novel platforms for pre-clinical drug screening.
This website contains information about research projects and technical courses at MREL, and introduces our group’s faculty, staff, and students.
The Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory (MREL) is dedicated to advancing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging using magnetic resonance. We develop imaging methods and algorithms that target specific clinical and research applications, and develop methods that may avail entirely new applications.
Our current research includes:
High-Field Cardiac MRI
Novel MRI Pulse Sequence Design
Image Reconstruction and Image Artifact Correction
Rapid / Real-Time Imaging
Our current projects relate to:
Heart Disease (coronary, valvular)
Atherosclerosis (plaque imaging, hemodynamics)
Obesity (quantification of fat distribution)
Vocal Tract Shaping (speech production, linguistics)
Sleep Apnea (airway collapse)
Krishna S. Nayak is the laboratory director.
We have been funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, American Heart Association, Clinical Translational Science Institute, and Zumberge Research Fund. We receive research support from GE Healthcare.
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Our mission is to use engineering principles to understand childhood movement and to discover new treatments and enabling devices that will improve motor function in children with developmental disorders of movement.
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Our technologies have allowed us to expand into the biomedical realm, where we are spearheading key projects and giving rise to important biomedical devices and treatments – in areas ranging from eye disease to cancer. As we expand our knowledge and expertise, our center is actively bridging the gap between basic science research and science-based medicine.
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- Developing ultrasonic transducers/arrays in the very high frequency range, beyond 30 MHz, which will be used in opthalmology, dermatology, and vascular surgery.
- Use of new and more efficient materials for these devices to produce clinical images with finer detail than is now possible.