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Anita Penkova

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Research Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


  • Doctoral Degree


PhD 2007 Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Sofia, Bulgaria
2008-2009, University of Zurich, Biochemistry department, Zurich, Switzerland
2008-present, University of Southern California, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, Los Angeles, California
2010- present, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Los Angeles, California

Research Summary

Research topics:
Acoustic streaming in biological tissues (Mark McDermott, Bryson Rogers, Yifan Xue, Marco Kleimans)

Injectable intranasal stimulator in treatment of dry eye disease (Andrew Newsome, Hannah Sandeen, Edel Healy, Radhika Bhuckory);

Oxygen transport measurements in the vitreous humor (Miranda Costigan);

Drug transport in microfluidic devices;

Glaucoma perfusion model. Glaucoma fluid transport experimentation and mathematical modeling with ocular tissues related to drug distribution, directed towards the development of therapeutic drugs for glaucoma patients (Su Min Kim, Erick Zamora)

Preferential movement of Prohance in convection-based perfusion model using ex-vivo bovine eyes;

Fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, and mechanical properties related to eye diseases (AMD, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma) and ocular drug delivery;

Effect of shear flow on clustering and aggregation; Oscillatory flow between two hemispheres for shearing protein solution;

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of ex-vivo tissues and live animals. Measurements of surrogate drug distribution in ocular tissue by MRI techniques using various contrast agents;

Fluid dynamics and measurement of physical properties of ocular tissues corresponding to eye-related diseases and drug distribution in the tissues. Mathematical Analysis and Measurement of Ocular Transport Parameters (diffusion coefficient, permeability, etc);

Engineering Thermodynamics, AME 310

Professional Societies:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Association for Research on Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Heat and Mass Transfer
Annals of New York Academy of Sciences
Book: Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems, George A. Truskey, Fan Yuan, and David F. Katz

Open positions:
Currently we accept candidates (postdoctoral fellows and graduate students) who have their own external funding. If interested, please email your CV and a portfolio to Prof. Anita Penkova (penkova@usc.edu)


  • RRB 203
  • Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building
  • 854 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 90089

Contact Information
  • penkova@usc.edu


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