Faculty

Gerald Loeb, M.D.

(M’98) received a B.A. (’69) and M.D. (’72) from Johns Hopkins University and did one year of surgical residency at the University of Arizona before joining the Laboratory of Neural Control at the National Institutes of Health (1973-1988).  He was Professor of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (1988-1999) and is now Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Medical Device Development Facility at the University of Southern California (http://mddf.usc.edu).  Dr. Loeb was one of the original developers of the cochlear implant...

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Rahman Davoodi, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering: Areas of interest include control of movement neural prosthesis for restoration of movement to paralyzed and amputee patients, virtual prototyping and patient in the loop simulation of movement neural prosthesis, virtual rehabilitation, modeling and physics-based simulation of human and prosthetic limbs, and development of sophisticated software for modeling and simulation of complex musculoskeletal and prosthetic systems.

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Graduate Students

Xuechen Huang

Xuechen Huang received a B.S. (’12) degree in Biomedical Engineering from First Military University in China and M.S. (’14) from the University of Southern California in Biomedical Engineering. He plans to pursue a Ph.D degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He started working as a research associate at the Medical Device Development Facility (MDDF) under Dr. Loeb’s guidance from 2013 at the University of Southern California. Xuechen’s research interest is electrophysiology and electrical stimulation, as it applies to treatment of urinary...

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Kunjan Shah

Kunjan Shah received her B.S. in Biotechnology (’05) from University of Mumbai, India and Post Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology Business Management (’07) from SIESCOMS, India. Currently, she is pursuing her MS in Regulatory Science at USC. She has worked as a Senior Product Manager-Marketing in Alkem Laboratories, India (’07-’10) where she launched a Gynecology Division. She is working as a Regulatory Intern in the Medical Device Development Facility for Injectable Fetal Pacemaker project with the focus on Quality System Regulations.

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Li Zhou

Li Zhou received his B.S. (’10) from China and M.S. (’12)  from the University of Southern California (USC) in materials science. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at USC. He has been a Research Assistant in the Medical Device Development Facility (MDDF) at USC under the direction of Dr. Gerald Loeb. His Ph.D. project focuses on the design and fabrication of the percutaneously implantable fetal pacemaker. He specializes in bioelectrode interfaces, biomaterial selection,  and mechanical fabrication of micro-medical devices.

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Adriana Nicholson

Adriana Nicholson received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in May, 2009. She was a process improvement engineer for two years, first at Roche Diagnostics and then at Raymond James Financial. She is now working towards her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at USC in the Medical Device Development Facility (MDDF.) In her current research, she is developing and testing the electronics of a percutaneously implantable fetal pacemaker, to be used in the treatment of fetal heart block. Her interests include RF communications in biomedical applications, medical devices,...

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Gary Lin

I’m currently a PhD student at MDDF, and a member of the SynTouch team. I am lead electrical engineer at SynTouch.

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Zhe Su

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Shenyang University of Technology, China in 2008. M.S. in Neuroengineering from University of Southern California, CA in 2011. I am currently a second year biomedical engineering PhD student under Dr. Gerald E. Loeb.   My research interests include haptic robotics, neuroprosthetics, somatosensory feedback, and machine learning algorithms.

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Alumni

James Enciso

James Enciso began working at the Medical Device Development Facility at USC under the direction and supervision of Dr. Gerald Loeb as an intern during his senior year while attending Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School. He worked on the Fetal Pacemaker project studying electronic and mechanical aspects. He intends to pursue a major in biomedical engineering with an emphasis on electrical engineering.

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Jimmy Zheng

Jimmy Zheng obtained his BS (2010) and MS (2011) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California, the latter with emphasis in Medical Devices and Diagnostics Engineering. He will be pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. At USC, he has performed research at the Keck School of Medicine, Viterbi School of Engineering (EE and BME), and the LA Natural History Museum. He also worked for the Ostrow School of Dentistry for several years. Before arriving at the MDDF in January 2012, he has coauthored 9 papers and technical abstracts on cancer...

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Shraddha More

Received B.S. in Pharmacy (’07) from College of Pharmacy, India and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (’09) from NIPER, India. Worked as a Regulatory Research Associate in M J Biopharma, India (’09-’10) where assisted in patent filing and eCTD submissions. Graduated with M.S. in Regulatory Science at USC and worked as a regulatory intern in Medical Device Development Facility for Injectable Fetal Pacemaker project with the focus on Quality System Regulations.

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John Sunwoo

(M’99) received his B.E. (’03) and M.S. (’05) degrees in electrical engineering from Auburn University, AL and M.Eng. (’11) degree in biomedical engineering from Cornell University, NY. From 2005 to 2010, he worked at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea, as a researcher. His research has been in the fields of built-in self-test (BIST) for FPGAs, gesture recognition and fabric area network for wearable computers, and modeling of blood flow in the cortical vasculature. Current areas of interest include modeling of interneuronal circuitry in the spinal...

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Shanie Liyanagamage

Shanie Liyanagamage received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. She’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). She worked at the MDDF under Dr. Loeb’s advice and guidance from 2011 to 2013. During that time, her focus was on developing the tactile sensing of the Barrett robot to enable it to intelligently decide on which object characteristics are most important for exploration when performing a specific task. The goal is to provide a greater amount of dexterity to...

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Yao Li, Ph.D.

Yao Li received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China in 2002 and Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. Since then, he has been working as a research associate at the department of biomedical engineering, University of Southern California. He is mainly interested in the application of control theory and modeling of complex systems to the understanding and treatment of human sensorimotor disorders. He was a visiting scholar at the National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation...

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Katie Zheng

Obtained M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from USC in 2011. I’m interested in developing small pacemakers for use with heart blocked fetuses.

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Jeremy Fishel

California State University, Long Beach – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, USC – M.S. Biomedical Engineering, USC – M.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. My long-term objectives are to obtain cutting edge knowledge of the underlying physics and functions of biological touch and use this knowledge to pioneer the development of next generation products that mimic or integrate with human haptic capabilities. The early period of my doctorate studies focused on the development of the BioTac a device that mimics the sensing modalities of human cutaneous touch. I am one of the...

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Pet May Den

I am currently attending Fransisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in the Engineering for Health Academy. I plan to attend Cal State University Los Angeles and major in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Given the choice, I would prefer to pursue the fields of biomedical engineering or physiology. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting miniatures, sketching, and reading Robert Heinlein.

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Aditya Patel

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at USC 2011 My research interests lie in image processing and communication between devices In my spare time, I work on GUI’s for the BioTac and I love to swim.

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