Jun 13, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Denny Research Building 140
(213) 740-7237
FAX: (213) 821-3897
Email: bmedept@usc.edu

Interim Co-Chairs: Vasilis Z. Marmarelis, PhD; David Z. D’Argenio, PhD; Michael C.K. Khoo, 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 (Ophthalmology)

Fred H. Cole Professorship in Engineering: Gianluca Lazzi (Ophthalmology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clinical Entrepreneurship)

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: Michael C.K. Khoo, PhD; Vasilis Marmarelis, PhD

The Dr. Karl Jacob Jr. and Karl Jacob III Early-Career Chair and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Medicine: Eun Ji Chung, PhD

Professors: David Agus, MD (Medicine);  Brian Applegate, PhD (Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery); Andrea Armani, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Donald Arnold, PhD (Biological Sciences); Theodore W. Berger, PhD (Neurobiology); Peter S. Conti, MD, PhD (Radiology); David Z. D’Argenio, PhD*; Vinay Duddalwar, PhD (Clinical Radiology); 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); 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); Mara Mather, PhD (Gerontology, Psychology); 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); John Oghalai, PhD (Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery); Richard Roberts (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Chemistry); Fei Sha, PhD (Computer Science); Mahnaz Shahidi, PhD (Ophthalmology); 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); Priya Vashishta, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Danny Wang, PhD (Neurology, Radiology); Pin Wang, PhD, (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); John C. Wood, MD, PhD (Medicine/Radiology); Stanley M. Yamashiro, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Qifa Zhou, PhD (Ophthalmology); Charles Zukowski, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

Associate Professors: James Finley, PhD (Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy); Stacey D. Finley, PhD; Justin Haldar, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Christianne N. Heck (Clinical Neurology); Daniel P. Holschneider, MD (Psychiatry); Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD (Radiology); Amir Kashani, PhD (Clinical Ophthalmology Neurology); Jason Kutch, PhD (Biokinesiology); Sook-Lei Liew, PhD (Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Neurology); J. Andrew MacKay, PhD (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Megan McCain, PhD; Bartlett W. Mel, PhD; Judy Pa, PhD (Neurology and Neuroscience); Nicolas Schweighofer, PhD (Biokinesiology); Yonggang Shi, PhD (Neurology); Jesse T. Yen, PhD

Assistant Professors: Eun Ji Chung, PhD; Dominique Duncan, PhD (Neurology); Andrei Irimia, PhD (Gerontology, Neuroscience); Radha Kalluri, PhD (Otolaryngology); Brian Lee (Clinical Neurological Surgery); Darrin Lee (Clinical Neurological Surgery); Leonardo Morsut, PhD (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine); Shannon Mumenthaler, PhD (Medicine); Keyue Shen, PhD; Lirong Yan, PhD (Neurology)

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

Associate Professor of Engineering Practice: Brent Liu, PhD

Lecturer: Brittany Kay, PhD

Research Professors: Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD (Surgery); Jonathan G. Lasch, PhD (AMI-USC)

Research Associate Professor: Dong Song, PhD

Research Assistant Professors: Jean-Marie Bouteiller, PhD; Francesco Cutrale, PhD

Associate Professor of Research: Bo Han, PhD (Surgery)

Assistant Professors of Research: Darryl H. Hwang, PhD (Radiology); Natasha Leporé, PhD (Radiology and Children’s Hospital); Rong Lu (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)

Visiting Associate Professor: Zhaoyang Fan, PhD (Radiology)

Adjunct Professors: Athanassios Fokas, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice); Konstantina S. Nikita (BME/KSOM)

Adjunct Assistant Professors: 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); K. Kirk Shung, PhD

*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 .



Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree

Graduate Certificate

Doctoral Degree


Biomedical Engineering