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.
The integration of microfluidics with microelectrode technology is being explored to create hybrid neural interfaces that enable spatial and temporal control of both electrical and chemical inputs/outputs to culture cells and tissue.
Both manually- and electrically-operated micro-pumps are being developed to deliver nanoliter volumes of drug to directly targeted locations within the eye. This approach represents a new paradigm in ocular drug delivery that is made possible with biomedical microsystems technology.
Novel reusable, in-plane polymer interconnects enable rapid, on-demand connections to microfluidic devices. Our approach features plug-and-play connections between non-coring syringe needles and on-chip septums integrated into a microfluidic device.
Resistive thermal sensing elements embedded in polymer (Parylene C) films are being investigated for applications in temperature, flow, and shear stress sensing.