In preparation for my qualifying exam (which I passed on March 1st!!), I signed up for every single opportunity available to me to present in front of a live audience. In the 10 presentations I gave in the month of February, my favorite by far was the one where I engaged with students from other STEM departments – Science Open … Read More

Every time my collaborator presents our joint research in skeletal and cardiac tissue engineering, he shows a clip of a muscle biopsy to show the audience how he obtains patient samples. As part of a collective that studies muscular dystrophy, he processes these muscle samples in multiple ways: a simple stain to observe native tissue structure, genetic analysis to investigate … Read More

2019 picked up so quickly! From January 2nd-6th, I attended the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference in Coronado, CA. During the sessions in the mornings and evenings, I had opportunities to connect with graduate students and faculty working on projects in the same field as my own. Unlike the general annual meetings, this conference was much smaller, … Read More

Atlanta for BMES 2018

Every biomedical engineer knows fall is officially here when it is time to go to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting! For 2018, we all headed to Atlanta, Georgia for BMES’ 50th Anniversary. My labmates and I all presented posters in a broad range of categories: micro/nano fluidic engineering and lab-on-chip systems, cellular and molecular bioengineering, tissue engineering, cardiovascular … Read More

Posted: March 21, 2018, 3:30pm Last week, about 70 students from the Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School stopped by the Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering to learn a little bit about centrifuges and how we use them in our daily research. Each mini group of students stopped by three different stations to learn about (1) the overview of tissue platforms … Read More

Posted: November 29, 2017, 10:23pm This year, the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Los Angeles Founder Chapter hosted the 2017-2018 Scholar Recognition Luncheon at the beautiful Bel-Air Country Club. Having been an ARCS Scholar the year prior, I had the chance to see some of the other students and donors I had met before and reconnect with them. … Read More

Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:32pm Last month, I attended my first Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Departmental Retreat since starting my PhD program. Hosted by the USC department of the same name, this two-day conference brings student researchers, post-docs, faculty, and administrators together to explore the studies being conducted across the university that falls within these exciting fields. Covering … Read More