University of Southern California, Biomedical Engineering Department


The Department of Biomedical Engineering at USC, established in 1976, is home to 27 primary, research, and teaching faculty, with 47 affiliated faculty representing departments across the University including the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

The Department’s 250 undergraduate students are some of the most talented undergraduates attending the University, with five University Valedictorians awarded to BME students since 1980.

The Department’s faculty lead our 200 plus graduate students in research across four broad thematic areas including: biomedical devices & imaging, systems cellular & molecular bioengineering, mathematical/computational biosystems, and neuroengineering. The Department has a long tradition of multi‐ investigator research centers including the NIH funded Biomedical Simulations Resource and the Medical Ultrasound Transducer Research Centers, the NSF Engineering Research Center in Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, as well as the Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. Through its Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership Program and the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC, the Department’s faculty are actively engaged in translating their fundamental research discoveries into commercially viable biomedical technologies.

The Department’s primary faculty also hold affiliated appointments in numerous departments where their leadership advances research at the intersection of engineering, medicine and biology throughout the University. Our faculty are contributing members to University‐wide research centers and institutes including the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, the Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the USC Neurorestoration Center, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, as well as the Institute for Technology and Medical Systems (ITEMS) and Keck Medicine of USC.

Further information about the Department can be found on our web site

The Viterbi School and USC

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top tier engineering schools in the world. It counts 191 full‐time tenure‐track faculty members, 79 full‐time teaching faculty, and 40 full‐time research faculty. Home to the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the School has been the recipient of many national centers, including two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, a Department of Energy EFRC (Energy Frontiers Research Center), and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence, CREATE. Affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, the School is the host of the NSF Innovation Node Los Angeles. Research expenditures exceed $200 million annually. In 2017, the School was awarded the ASEE President’s Award for its continuing efforts to “change the conversation” about engineering and develop a robust and diverse engineering pipeline.

USC is committed to a vibrant and healthy work environment, being consistently honored as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to health, vision, and dental plans for employees, spouses/partners, and dependents, USC also provides services such as the Center for Work and Family Life, access to child care, and the Mindfulness program, as well as cultural events such as Visions and Voices. Deeply connected to the surrounding community, USC partners with local initiatives and encourages faculty to participate through programs such as Good Neighbors and CS@SC.