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The Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory at USC focuses on developing novel micro- and nanotechnologies for biomedical applications.  In particular, we are interested in the integration of multiple modalities (e.g. electrical, mechanical, and chemical) in miniaturized devices measuring no more than a few millimeters for use in fundamental scientific research, biomedical diagnostics, and therapy.  This can only be accomplished by creating biocompatible polymer microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) that are optimized for biomedical applications.  Current research topics range from fundamental investigation of novel hybrid neural interfaces to the development of complex implantable medical devices for glaucoma management, intraocular drug delivery, and retinal prostheses. There is great potential for these new techniques and devices to result in discoveries that will reshape the scientific and medical landscape.


Upcoming Conferences

MEMS 2012, January 29-February 2, 2012 Paris, France

Hilton Head 2012, June 3-7, 2012 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA

IEEE EMBC 2012, August 28-September 1, 2012 San Diego, California, USA

MMB 2013, Spring 2013, Marina del Rey, California, USA

The Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology Conference


Lab News

New updates to the publications page.  (1/15/2012)

Welcome to rotation students Lawrence Yu, Nestor Cabrera Munoz, Yu Chen, and Adriana Nicholson!

The lab welcomes Brian Kim as a graduate student!

New updates for the new year! Happy 2011! (1/11/2011)

Welcome to new rotation student Thomas Cummins!

Ellis Meng was recognized as one of "the nation's most innovative young engineering educators" and was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's second Frontiers in Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium.

Congratulations to Roya Sheybani who received a WiSE Travel Grant.

Congratulations to Christian Gutierrez for acceptance of his work on "A Subnanowatt Microbubble Pressure Sensor Based on Electrochemical Impedance Transduction in a Flexible All-Parylene Package" for presentation at the MEMS 2011 Conference on January 23-27, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico.

Congratulations to Roya Sheybani for acceptance of her work on "High Efficiency Wireless Electrochemical Actuators: Design, Fabrication and Characterization by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy" for presentation at the MEMS 2011 Conference on January 23-27, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico.


New updates to the publications page.  (9/26/10)

Welcome to new rotation student Brian Kim!

Congratulations to Heidi Gensler for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Jonathan Kuo for receiving an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Research Award, Heather Chen for receiving both a Provost's and WiSE summer research award, Longpeng Jiao and Yakshita Desai for receiving Provost's research award!

The lab formally welcomes Seth Hara, Curtis Lee, and Roya Sheybani as graduate student researchers.  A warm welcome also to the following summer and undergraduate researchers: Jorge Vazquez (UNAM), Evan Zhou, Longpeng Jiao, Maneesh Gujrati (U. Miami), and Matthew Louie.

Ellis Meng's new bioMEMS textbook will be out later this month.  Check out the book at Amazon!

Ellis Meng was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!




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