BME Lecture Series: Ellis Meng, University of Southern California

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium (MDEA)
Ellis Meng, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering

Abstract: The Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory at the University of Southern California focuses on developing novel translational microtechnologies and microdevices for biomedical applications, in particular medical implants. Often the last line of defense for combating a wide range of challenging medical conditions, implants help extend and improve the quality of life for many. This industry continues to be fueled by the growing number of elderly and increased prevalence of chronic diseases. The application of microelectromechanical systems technology and medical polymer micromachining will enable the next generation of advanced medical implants that are needed to address urgent unmet clinical needs. This talk will present an overview of current research topics in the laboratory starting with invasive polymer interfaces to nervous tissue and then transitioning to electrochemical sensor systems for hydrocephalus. The relevant clinical conditions and need addressed by each technology also will be introduced. 

Bio: Ellis Meng is a professor of biomedical and electrical engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. She is also Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and inaugural holder of a Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering. Meng received a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied science and a master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1997, 1998 and 2003, respectively. She directs the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory founded in 2004, which conducts research on biocompatible polymer technology and micromachining, sensors and actuators, microfluidics, and implantable and biomedical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).  Her honors include the NSF CAREER award, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award, 2009 TR35 Young Innovator Under 35, Viterbi Early Career Chair, and ASEE Curtis W. McGraw Research Award. She is a fellow of the AIMBE and IEEE, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering and was co-chair of the 2017 IEEE MEMS conference. She also is an active educator and has authored a textbook on bioMEMS.