Thin Film Microfabricated Medical Implants

9th December 2020

Timing : 1 pm EST

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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 micro-electro-mechanical 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 will be also introduced.

Ellis Meng
PhD, Professor
Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering
Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory
University of Southern California

Ellis Meng is Professor of biomedical and electrical and computer engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California where she has been since 2004. She was previously Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2015-2018 and is an inaugural holder of a Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering. She received the B.S. degree in engineering and applied science and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1997, 1998, and 2003, respectively. Her research interests include biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bioMEMS), implantable biomedical microdevices, microfluidics, multimodality integrated microsystems, microsensors and actuators, biocompatible polymer microfabrication, and packaging. Dr. Meng is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education. Her honors include the NSF CAREER award, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award, 2009 TR35 Young Innovator Under 35, Viterbi Early Career Chair, ASEE Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, and 2018 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Technical Achievement Award. She is a fellow of IEEE, ASME, BMES, AIMBE, and NAI. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering and Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, Micro- and Nano-mechanical Systems. She was co-chair of the 2017 IEEE MEMS conference and helped start the new MEMS Technical Community. She is also an active educator and authored a textbook on bioMEMS.