Lighting Up Cardiovascular Problems Using Nanoparticles

Deborah Chin

USC Viterbi writes that a new nanoparticle innovation from Deborah Chin, under the supervision of Eun Ji Chung, may allow doctors to pinpoint when plaque becomes dangerous by detecting unstable calcifications that can trigger heart attacks and strokes. (December 5, 2019)

Molecular Vibrations Lead to High Performance Laser

Laser illustration
(Illustration/Troan Tran)

Andrea Armani and her team have discovered a new phenomenon and used it to make a laser with over 40 percent efficiency — nearly 10 times higher than other similar lasers. (December 2, 2019)

Eun Ji Chung Named as IEEE New Innovator and BMES Rising Star

Eun Ji Chung
(Image/USC Viterbi)

Eun Ji Chung has recently been honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for her research in nanomedicine and bioengineering. (November 21, 2019)

HD-SCA Featured as the Top Success Story by the National Cancer Institute

Peter Kuhn
(Image/CSI-Cancer)

Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies, part of the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Strategic Initiatives, features CSI-Cancer’s High-Definition Single Cell Analysis (HD-SCA) workflow as a top success story among impactful technologies in the field of single cell oncology. (November 5, 2019)

Ellis Meng Wins IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award

Ellis Meng
(Photo/Will Taylor)

Ellis Meng has been honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers with the 2019 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award. The award was presented to Meng for her “pioneering contributions to biomedical microelectromechanical sensors and their applications for drug delivery and microfluidics, neural interfaces, and medical implants.” (November 5, 2019)

A Laser and a Magnet Walked into a Box

Malaria diagnostic prototype
(Image/Andrea Armani)

SPIE.org reports that Andrea Armani worked with her team to come up with a diagnostic that could accurately recognize early-stage parasitemia, while also being rugged, lightweight, fast, easy to maintain, easy to use, and cheap. (October 16, 2019)

USC researchers receive $12.5 million grant to build out unique facial database

FaceBase III
(Image/FaceBase)

FaceBase III, a project of USC’s dentistry and engineering schools, was just awarded a $12.5 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. “We’re trying to create a community of researchers around the exchange and organization of data, and transform the way craniofacial research is done,” said Carl Kesselman. (August 28, 2019)