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Department of 
Biomedical Engineering
October 2018
Message from Department Chair Kirk Shung:
I am humbled to be appointed the new chair of the BME department. One of the goals after becoming the chair is to increase the visibility of the department among our peers. To do so, the website has been revamped, a Facebook page and a Twitter account have been created, a newsletter campaign has been launched, and a new issue of the Viterbi magazine will be devoted to BME.  

I am also delighted to share several distinctions achieved by BME personnel which are described in the articles that follow. In particular, I would also like to highlight the following achievements:
  • Prof. Vasilis Marmarelis received a $10 million, 5-year NIH grant
  • Prof. Eun Ji Chung received the 2018 Young Innovator Award in nanobiotechnology and a USC Faculty Mentoring Award 
  • Prof. Ellis Meng received the 2018 IEEE EMBS Technical Achievement Award
This Tiny Particle Might Change Millions of Lives
USC researchers have engineered peptide nanoparticles to outsmart the biological system and target the kidney cells. The innovation may prove critical to addressing chronic kidney disease.
Prosthetic Memory System Successful in Humans
Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and USC have demonstrated the successful implementation of a prosthetic system that uses a person's own memory patterns to facilitate the brain's ability to encode and recall memory.
She's Out of This World
Nina Singh, BME '19, receives an Astronaut Scholarship, an honor reserved for the best and brightest STEM college students.
How a tumor grows can predict response to cancer therapy
Until now, it remained a mystery why tumors have different reactions to the exact same therapy. But a new study finds that tumor growth properties can influence response to cancer drugs.
Student's globalized upbringing informs USC journey
From D.C. to Los Angeles via Lagos, graduating biomedical engineer and USC Viterbi flag bearer reflects on his impressive accomplishments.
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