Nov 28, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021

Biomedical Engineering

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Chair: Kirk Shung, PhD

Viterbi School of Engineering



Dean: Yannis C. Yortsos, PhD

Executive Vice Dean: Gaurav Sukhatme, PhD

Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair in Biomedical Engineering: K. Kirk Shung, PhD

Chonette Chair in Biomedical Technology: David Z. D'Argenio, PhD

Chonette Early Career Chair: Megan McCain, PhD

Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair: Stacey D. Finley, PhD

Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Chair in Convergent Biosciences: Ellis Meng, PhD

David Packard Chair in Engineering: Theodore W. Berger, PhD

Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences: Mark Humayun, PhD (Opthalmology)

Provost Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology and Ophthalmology: Scott Fraser, PhD (Biological Sciences)

Dean's Professor in Biomedical Engineering: Vasilis Marmarelis, PhD

WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering: Eun Ji Chung, PhD

Professors: David Agus, MD (Medicine); Michael O. Arbib, PhD (Computer Science, Neurobiology); Andrea Armani, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Theodore W. Berger, PhD (Neurobiology); Roberta D. Brinton, PhD (Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology); Robert H. P. Chow, MD, PhD (Physiology and Biophysics); Peter S. Conti, MD, PhD (Radiology); David Z. D'Argenio, PhD*; Scott Fraser, PhD (Biological Sciences); Mark S. Humayun, PhD (Ophthalmology); Michael C.K. Khoo, PhD (Pediatrics); Kwang Jin Kim, PhD (Medicine and Physiology); Peter Kuhn, PhD (Biological Sciences, Medicine, and Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering); Eu Meng Law (Radiology); Richard Leahy, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering and Radiology); Jay Lieberman, PhD (Orthopaedic Surgery); Charles Liu, MD, PhD (Neurological Surgery); Gerald E. Loeb, MD; Anupam Madhukar, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Physics); Noah Malmstadt, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Vasilis Z. Marmarelis, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Jill McNitt-Gray, PhD (Biological Science); Ellis Meng, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Janet Moradian-Oldak (Biomedical Sciences – Dental); Krishna Nayak, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Chrysostomos Nikias, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Stefan Schaal, PhD (Computer Science); K. Kirk Shung, PhD; Armand R. Tanguay Jr., PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science); Paul Thompson (KSOM/Ophthalmology); Arthur W. Toga (KSOM/Ophthalmology); Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD (Biokinesiology); Pin Wang, PhD, (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); James D. Weiland, PhD (Ophthalmology); John C. Wood, MD, PhD (Medicine/Radiology); Stanley M. Yamashiro, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Qifa Zhou, PhD (Opthalmology)

Associate Professors: Justin Haldar, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Christianne N. Heck (Clinical Neurology); Daniel P. Holschneider, MD (Psychiatry); Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD (Radiology); J. Andrew MacKay, PhD (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Bartlett W. Mel, PhD; Nicolas Schweighofer, PhD (Biokinesiology); Travis Williams (Locker Hydrocarbon Research Institute); Jesse T. Yen, PhD

Assistant Professors: Michael Bonaguidi, PhD (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine); Eun Ji Chung, PhD; James Finley, PhD (Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy); ; Stacey D. Finley, PhD; Radha Kalluri, PhD (Otolaryngology); Jason Kutch, PhD (Biokinesiology); Megan McCain, PhD; Damien Rodger, MD, PhD (Clinical Ophthalmology); Keyue Shen, PhD

Professor of Engineering Practice: Jean-Michel I. Maarek, Doc.Ing.

Associate Professor of Engineering Practice: Brent Liu, PhD

Research Professors: Jonathan G. Lasch, PhD (AMI-USC); Robert V. Shannon, PhD (Otolaryngology); Qifa Zhou, PhD

Research Associate Professor: Dong Song, PhD

Research Assistant Professor: Jean-Marie Bouteiller, PhD

Associate Professors of Research: Stefan Bluml, PhD (Radiology); Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD (Surgery and Children's Hospital); Eun Jin Lee, PhD (Ophthalmology); Rex A. Moats, PhD (Pathology, Radiology); Tishya A.L. Wren, MD, PhD (Orthopaedics/Pediatrics Children's Hospital and Radiology)

Assistant Professors of Research: Bo Han, PhD (Surgery); Natasha Leporé, PhD (Radiology and Children's Hospital)

Adjunct Professors: Sophia Chun, MD (VA Long Beach Healthcare System); Norberto Grzywacz, PhD (Georgetown University); Konstantina S. Nikita (BME/KSOM)

Adjunct Research Professor: Daniel Farkas, PhD (Spectral Molecular Imaging/The Brain Window)

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Alireza Dibazar, PhD (General Electric, Global Research); Arkadiusz Gertych, PhD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center); Leonid Litvak, PhD (Advanced Bionics Corp.); Philip Requejo, PhD (Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center and Kinesiology)

Emeritus Professors: George A. Bekey, PhD (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Speech Science); H. K. Huang, DSc (Radiology)

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.



Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years after graduation:

  • be engaged in a professional career in the biomedical or other related industries, or enrolled in advanced graduate studies including medical school;
  • work in a technically competent manner to address challenges in engineering or their chosen profession, taking into consideration ethical and societal concerns;
  • collaborate within their profession across technical disciplines;
  • develop their technical knowledge and professional skills further by being active in professional societies, continuing their formal education, or attending professional workshops, meetings and seminars.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Biomedical Engineering (BS)  provides both breadth and depth across the range of engineering topics implied by the title. The program prepares graduates to have an understanding of biology and physiology; and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology. The curriculum prepares graduates with the ability to interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.

Minor in Craniofacial and Dental Technology

For a complete listing, see the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC .



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Graduate Certificate

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Biomedical Engineering