May 9, 2019
Nethika and Davi were hooded today by Megan at the Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding and Awards ceremony! Congratulations to our lab's first two PhD graduates!
May 7, 2019
Nethika successfully defended her thesis today, titled “Engineering Scalable Two- and Three-Dimensional Striated Muscle Microtissues for Human Disease Modeling.” Congratulations Dr. Ariyasinghe! Our lab's first PhD!
April 30, 2019
Congratulations to Davi, who received the 2019 Jenny Wang Excellence in Teaching Award!
April 12, 2019
Today was our Department of Biomedical Engineering's 23rd Annual Grodins Research Symposium. Congratulations to Jeffrey for receiving the Grodins Service Award, Nathan for receiving the Biomedical Engineering Department Service Award, and Nethika for receiving the Grodins Platform First Place Award! Great work, everyone!
March 1, 2019
Joycelyn successfully passed her qualifying exam today! Her presentation was on the topic "Engineering Complementary Ex Vivo and In Vitro Cardiac Microphysiological Systems Towards Disease Modeling and Drug Screening". Congratulations!
December 21, 2018
Congratulations to Joycelyn for receiving the 2019 Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award!
November 8, 2018
A big congratulations to Megan R for being awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship!
November 2, 2018
Congratulations to Davi, who was selected for a 2019 Graduate Student Shooting Star Award by the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) SIG of the Biomedical Engineering Society! Davi will present his research during the 2019 CMBE Conference in San Diego, CA.
October 20, 2018
We just returned from another successful BMES Annual Meeting, this year in Atlanta, GA! Davi, Nethika, Andrew, Nathan, Joycelyn, Jeffrey, and Megan R each presented posters and Megan M presented during the Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering session.
October 5, 2018
Over the last two days, we attended the SELECTBIO Organ-on-a-Chip World Congress 2018 in San Diego, CA. Nethika, Andrew, Jeffrey, Joycelyn, and Megan R each presented posters and Megan M was a speaker. Thanks for the great meeting!
July 23, 2018
Congratulations to Davi, Nathan, and Joycelyn, who were all selected for a 2018 BMES Career Development Award for the upcoming BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA!
June 26, 2018
Andrew successfully passed his qualifying exam today! His presentation was on the topic "Engineering Functional Cardiac and Renal Microphysiological Systems for Next-Generation Disease Modeling". Congratulations!
June 8, 2018
The blog of the ALS Association is featuring our project to engineer human neuromuscular junctions on a chip for ALS disease modeling today. Read more here. Thank you again for the support!
May 2, 2018
Welcome to Dr. Patrick Vigneault, a postdoc joining our group through the new Amgen-USC Scholars Program! Patrick will spend two years at USC, where he will also be co-mentored by Prof. Henry Sucov (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine), and then one year at Amgen. Patrick joins us from the Montreal Heart Institute, where he investigated ion channels in human cardiac stem cells towards advancing these cells for regenerative medicine.
April 16, 2018
Nathan successfully passed his qualifying exam today! His presentation was on the topic "New Approaches for Precisely Engineering Heterotypic Cardiac Tissues". Congratulations!
Congratulations to Nethika for her nomination for a WiSE Merit Award!
April 15, 2018
We are excited to announce that our proposal with Prof. Rehan Kapadia (Electrical Engineering) and Prof. Leonardo Morsut (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine) for a Viterbi Internal Center Incubator (VICI) was selected for funding! Stay tuned for exciting developments from our new Center for Integrated Electronics and Biological Organisms (CIEBOrg).
April 13, 2018
Today was our Department of Biomedical Engineering's 22nd Annual Grodins Research Symposium. Congratulations to Nathan for receiving the Grodins Service Award and Davi and Andrew for both receiving the Grodins Best Poster Award in the Cell/Tissue Engineering category! Great work, everyone!
April 11, 2018
Congratulations to Joycelyn for receiving the 2018 WiSE Leadership Award for Students and Postdoctoral Scholars!
April 10, 2018
Today, Megan presented a short talk and poster at the Organs- and Tissues-on-Chips Keystone Symposium in Big Sky, Montana. Megan highlighted the lab's recent work as part of the "Organs-on-Chips for Disease Modeling I" session. Thank you for the wonderful meeting and opportunity to re-connect with old colleagues and meet new ones!
April 8, 2018
Andrew's manuscript, "Microenvironmental Modulation of Calcium Wave Propagation Velocity in Engineered Cardiac Tissues", was accepted for publication today by Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. This article will be part of the 2018 CMBE Young Innovators Special Issue. Congratulations to Andrew and all co-authors!
April 3, 2018
A big congratulations to Jeffrey for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
January 27, 2018
Nathan's manuscript, "TGF-β Dominates Extracellular Matrix Rigidity for Inducing Differentiation of Human Cardiac Fibroblasts to Myofibroblasts," was accepted for publication today by Experimental Biology and Medicine. Congratulations to Nathan and all co-authors!
October 15, 2017
We just returned from the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Andrew gave a talk in the Cardiac Electrophysiology session, and Nethika and Davi each gave talks in the Mechanobiology of the Cardiovascular System session. Joycelyn, Nathan, and Jeffrey presented posters. Congratulations to all the presenters and thanks for a great meeting!
October 6, 2017
Megan presented an invited talk today at the National Academy of Sciences as part of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Roundtable Workshop on Advancing Disease Modeling in Animal-Based Research in Support of Precision Medicine. Thank you for the unique opportunity to share our work with a new audience!
October 3, 2017
Megan presented an invited talk today at Stanford University as part of the Molecular and Cellular Physiology Seminar Series. A special thanks to Ehsan and the rest of the Pruitt lab for organizing a fantastic visit!
September 22, 2017
Our multi-PI R21 proposal with Prof. Andy McMahon, "Establishing Mechanisms of Human Proximal Tubule Regeneration in an Engineered Organ on Chip Platform", has been selected for funding by NIBIB! Thank you for the support.
September 12, 2017
Our Investigator Initiated Starter grant was selected for funding by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA)! Thank you for the support.
September 5, 2017
Welcome to Dr. Megan Rexius-Hall, our first postdoc! Megan joins us from Prof. David Eddington's group at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she engineered oxygen and temperature control devices for cells in culture.
August 28, 2017
The Scientist has highlighted our work as part of a feature article on Organs on Chips. Read more here.
August 24, 2017
Congratulations to Jeffrey, who was selected for a 2017 BMES Career Development Award for the upcoming BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ!
August 16, 2017
Davi successfully passed his qualifying exam today! His presentation was on the topic "Extracellular Matrix Regulation of Mitochondrial Structure and Function in Engineered Cardiac Myocytes." Congratulations!
August 4, 2017
Today we said goodbye to our SHINE students, Sabina and Jacqueline, both students at Harvard-Westlake School. Great job on your poster presentations, we will miss you! Thanks also to Nethika and Joycelyn for being excellent mentors. Read more about the SHINE program here.
July 16, 2017
Davi's manuscript, "Mitochondrial function in engineered cardiac tissues is co-regulated by extracellular matrix elasticity and tissue alignment," was accepted for publication today by the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology. Congratulations to Davi and all co-authors!
July 10, 2017
Megan gave a talk, "Engineering Microphysiological Models of Human Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Disease", at the Organ-on-a-Chip World Congress in Boston, MA. Thank you for the excellent meeting and opportunity to share our work!
July 7, 2017
Nethika's manuscript, "Engineering microMyocardium to delineate cellular and extracellular regulation of myocardial tissue contractility ", was accepted for publication today by Integrative Biology. Congratulations to Nethika and all co-authors!
June 16, 2017
Nethika became our first PhD student to successfully pass her qualifying exam today! Her presentation was on the topic "Engineering Scalable Two- and Three-Dimensional Striated Muscle Microtissues for Human Disease Modeling". Congratulations!
May 15, 2017
Today we attended the 3rd Biennial Los Angeles Cardiovascular Research Symposium at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where Davi, Nethika, Andrew, and Joycelyn presented posters. Congratulations to Nethika Ariyasinghe for winning a Graduate Student Poster Award!
May 10, 2017
A big congratulations to Joycelyn Yip for receiving the Alfred E. Mann Innovation in Engineering Doctoral Fellowship!
May 3, 2017
Our proposal was selected for funding by The Rose Hills Foundation Research Fellowship program! Thank you for the support!
May 5, 2017
Congratulations to Sarah Kim for receiving a USC Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2017 and Celeste Goodwin for being accepted into the 2017/2018 WiSE Undergraduate Research Experience Program! We are looking forward to having both of you in the lab this summer.
April 23, 2017
Megan presented an invited talk today in Chicago at Experimental Biology 2017, as part of the Body on-Chip and 3-D Culture Mini-Symposium. Thank you for the opportunity to share our work!
April 18, 2017
Megan has been named the Chonette Early Career Chair by the Viterbi School of Engineering, effective August 15, 2017. Thank you for the recognition, and congratulations to Stacey Finley, Kelly Sanders, and Nora Ayanian, fellow recipients of Early Career Chair appointments! Read more here.
April 14, 2017
Today, all of our PhD students presented posters at the Department of Biomedical Engineering's 21st Annual Grodins Graduate Research Symposium. Congratulations to Nethika for receiving the Grodins Service Award, Davi for receiving the Grodins Best Poster Award in the Cell/Tissue Engineering category, and Joycelyn for receiving the Biomedical Engineering Department Service Award AND the USC Stevens Center for Innovation: Best Commercial Potential Award! Great work, everyone! Read more here.
February 24, 2017
Today we hosted students from Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School again for a field trip focused on how we use centrifuges in our research. We look forward to seeing you again next Spring!
January 13, 2017
Megan gave a talk today on "Engineering Skeletal Muscle on a Chip" at the 7th Annual California ALS Research Summit at the USC Health Sciences Campus, hosted by the ALS Research Network. Thank you for the opportunity to share our work!
January 12, 2017
Congratulations to Luann Raposo for earning a USC Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Spring 2017! Congrats Luann!
January 7, 2017
Megan was recognized as a Rising Star by the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Special Interest Group of the Biomedical Engineering Society. This Award included travel funds to attend the 2017 CMBE Conference on the Big Island of Hawaii and present at a special podium session with other awardees, pictured here. Thank you for the honor and the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place!
November 1, 2016
Megan presented a seminar to researchers and clinicians at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) in Pasadena, CA. Thank you for the opportunity to share our work!
October 28, 2016
As part of the STEM Spotlight on BME, we hosted lab tours and demos for 50 middle school students from Compton. Thank you to Nathan, Davi, Nethika, Andrew, Jeffrey, and Archana for sharing your passion for BME with these students! And thank you to Katie Mills from VAST for organizing the event. Read more about the event here.
October 9, 2016
Megan, Nethika, Andrew, Davi, Nathan, and Joycelyn just returned from the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Andrew and Davi gave oral presentations and Nethika, Nathan, and Joycelyn gave poster presentations. Great work everyone!
September 26, 2016
USC Viterbi highlighted our American Heart Assocation Award. Read more here!
August 3, 2016
Today, Jezell presented her poster "Miniaturizing 'Heart-on-a-Chip' Constructs for Metabolic Measurements in a Standard Cell Culture Plate" at the SHINE poster session. Great work this summer, Jezell!
July 29, 2016
Today, Alyssa presented her research "Engineering 3-D Skeletal Muscle Bundles" as part of the WiSE Undergraduate Mini-Conference, which featured all of the summer students selected for the WiSE Undergraduate Research Experience Program. Great work this summer, Alyssa!
July 15, 2016
Megan has recieved the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate. Thank you for the support!
June 30, 2016
USC Stem Cell recently highlighted our new publication in Scientific Reports. Read more here!
June 23, 2016
USC Stem Cell recently highlighted our Broad Innovation Award. Read more here!
June 20, 2016
Welcome to Jezell Lee, a high school student from Diamond Bar High School. Jezell has joined our lab for the summer as part of the USC Viterbi SHINE program. We are happy to have you!
June 15, 2016
Megan just returned from San Francisco, where she presented a poster on our recent skeletal muscle work as part of the 17th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium. Thanks for the great meeting with many opportunities for networking!
June 10, 2016
Our paper, "Prolonged Culture of Aligned Skeletal Myotubes on Micromolded Gelatin Hydrogels", was accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. Congratulations to all the authors, especially Archana and Gio! Link to the paper here.
May 20, 2016
We recently attended the USC Stem Cell and Developmental Biology Retreat. Andrew presented a talk, and Nethika and Davi presented posters. Great job everyone!
May 11, 2016
Congratulations to Archana Bettadapur for winning the Viterbi Award for Outstanding Research at the annual Undergraduate Viterbi Awards! Read more here.
April 21, 2016
Andrew, Joycelyn, and Prof. McCain visited the Foshay Learning Center as guest speakers for the USC Wonderkids Program, similar to our visit on April 7. Thanks again to DJ Kast for the connection!
April 28, 2016
Congratulations to Alyssa Viscio, who has been accepted into the USC WiSE Undergraduate Research Experience Program for 2016-2017!
April 7, 2016
Nathan and Prof. McCain visited the 32nd Street School as guest speakers for the USC Wonderkids Program. We taught 6-8 year olds about the anatomy of the heart, and had the students measure their pulse before and after jumping jacks. We also taught them about 3-D printing and made "tissue engineered hearts" from beads and clay. Thanks to DJ Kast from the USC Joint Educational Project for making the connection!
April 1, 2016
Nathan, Andrew, Nethika, Davi, and Joycelyn presented posters at the 20th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium for Biomedical Engineering graduate students at USC! Congratulations to Joycelyn for winning the Best First Year PhD Student Poster Award and Andrew for winning the Best Poster in the Cell/Tissue Engineering category! Two years in a row for our lab! Great job everybody!
January 22, 2016
Today we welcomed 11th grade physics students from Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School for a field trip. Students were learning about centrifuges in class, so we showed them how we use centrifuges in our research. We also gave students a lab tour and an overall introduction to our research in Organs on Chips. Thanks to Nathan, Davi, Nethika, and Andrew for leading the demos! Read more here.
January 11, 2016
Congratulations to Kevin Kim for being selected for the USC Provost's Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Alyssa Viscio for being accepted into the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Undergraduate Research Experience Program, and Joycelyn Yip for earning an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award!
November 11, 2015
Our collaborative proposal with Prof. Justin Ichida in the Dept. of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Prof. Dion Dickman in the Dept. of Biology was selected for the Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Award in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC, funded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Thank you for the support!
October 11, 2015
Nethika, Nathan, Gio, Megan, Joycelyn, Holly, and Archana just returned from the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Nethika, Nathan, and the team of Archana, Gio, and Holly each presented posters. Great job everyone!
September 11, 2015
Megan just returned from the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, hosted at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.
July 10, 2015
Prof. McCain just returned from presenting at the SelectBio Organ-on-a-Chip World Congress meeting in Boston, MA. Thank you for the opportunity to present and network!
June 15, 2015
In collaboration with Prof. Andy McMahon's lab in the Dept. of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, we have recieved funding from the Borchard Foundation to support our "Kidney on a Chip" project. Thank you for the support!
May 20, 2015
Megan, Nethika, Davi, Andrew, and Nathan just returned from the Tri-Institutional Stem Cell Retreat in Santa Barbara, with fellow researchers from USC, UCLA, and UCSF. Nethika, Nathan, Andrew, and Davi presented posters, and Nethika also presented a Poster Highlight talk. Great job everyone!
May 18, 2015
Welcome to Holly Huber and Alyssa Viscio, both rising sophomores in Biomedical Engineering at USC who will be doing research in the lab this summer. Holly is supported by a grant from the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Undergraduate Research Experience Program. Congrats!
May 15, 2015
Congratulations to Jasper Hsu for graduating with his MS and Julie Strickland and Clara Hua for graduating with their BS! We will miss you!
April 15, 2015
Archana, Clara, and Gio presented a poster at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work at USC, and won First Place in the Life Sciences Division! Congratulations and great job!
April 4, 2015
Nathan, Andrew, and Nethika presented posters at the 19th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium for Biomedical Engineering graduate students at USC! Congratulations to Nathan for winning the Best First Year PhD Student Poster Award and Nethika for winning the Best Poster in the Cell/Tissue Engineering category! Great job everybody!
March 16, 2015
Prof. McCain gave the 2015 Will Gwinn Lecture at the Haverford School, a prepartory boys school outside Philadelphia. Thanks to Holly Golecki for the invitation and opprotunity to speak with up-and-coming biomedical engineers!
January 12, 2015
PhD student Nethika Ariyasinghe recieves an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award! Congratulations Nethika!
December 31, 2014
Work done by Prof. McCain in the Parker lab at Harvard University in collaboration with the Pu lab at Boston Children's Hospital was recognized as one of the "Top Cardiovascular Reseaerch Advances in 2014" by the American Heart Association! Read about it here.
October 6, 2014
Watch Prof. McCain talk about her research in a new video here!
September 24, 2014
Prof. McCain recently presented at MIT Technology Review's Emtech as part of the Top Innovators Under 35. Watch the video here!
September 1, 2014
Prof. McCain has been awarded a joint appointment in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Read about this exciting department here!
August 19, 2014
Prof. McCain was selected as one of MIT Technology Review's Top Innovators Under 35, along with two other USC Viterbi professors! Read the article about Prof. McCain in MIT Technology Review here.
Read about Prof. McCain and the Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering in a new article here published by USC Viterbi!
Read about Prof. McCain and the Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering in a new article here published by USC Viterbi!
July 31, 2014
Congratulations to Andre and Nicolaus for completing their final research presentation for SHSARP! You both did a fantastic job this summer and we will miss you in the lab!
June 9, 2014
We are excited to welcome several new students to the lab for the summer! Nethika Ariyasinghe and Davi Leite are USC PhD rotation students. Archana Bettadapur, Clara Hua, and Gio Suh are USC undergraduate students. Archana is supported by a grant from the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Undergraduate Research Experience Program and Clara is supported by a USC Provost's Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Nicolaus Jakowec from Loyola High School and Andre Lei from Diamond Bar High School are joining us as part of the Summer High School Advanced Research Program (SHSARP). Welcome to the lab!
May 23, 2014
Read about our research here in the Viterbi newsletter!
May 16, 2014
Congratulations to our first undergraduates Perry Xu and Kevin Chin on graduating! Perry is headed to medical school and Kevin will be staying in the lab for the summer before heading off to a job in the fall.