Alfred E. Mann Innovation in Engineering Doctoral Fellowships

As part of its continuing commitment to innovation in engineering AMI-USC funds three PhD fellowships in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.  The fellowship is intended to support these students conducting innovative research that is interdisciplinary (biology, medicine, and engineering), or relevant to biology and medicine. Each fellowship will provide an annual stipend of $34,000 plus an annual health benefits package for 1-3 years. The Viterbi School of Engineering provides tuition coverage for the duration of the fellowship.

These fellowships are open to PhD students in all Viterbi departments who have completed their first year and passed the screening exam. Candidates must be nominated by their respective engineering departments.  Each nominated student will be required to submit a research proposal focusing on the technological innovation and the potential impact of their doctoral research on biomedical engineering or healthcare.

Joycelyn Yip

Joycelyn Yip is currently a fourth-year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. She is conducting cell and tissue engineering research with Dr. Megan McCain at the Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering, and is actively working with collaborators at the University of California, Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Focusing primarily on human cardiovascular genetic disorders such as Barth Syndrome and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Joycelyn is investigating the potential for personalized microphysiological systems to be pre-clinical screening methods for therapeutic drugs and pharmaceuticals.

Outside of research, Joycelyn is passionate about serving the Los Angeles community and improving the student experience at USC for everyone, especially women and minorities in STEM.

Christine Cheng

Christine Cheng is a fourth-year PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of Southern California, where she conducts research in the Gupta Polymers Lab. Her research interests are focused on investigation of biopolymer materials and surface functionalization of novel biomedical implants, such as 3D-printed medical devices. In addition to increasing fundamental knowledge about surface modification of soft material substrates with complex morphologies, her research aims to develop a robust technique for coating soft material implants to combat medical implant rejection by reducing biofouling, promoting tissue integration, and reducing immunologic responses.

Christine is also involved in multiple academic societies including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Material Research Society, and Women in Science and Engineering.

Jonathan Wang

Jonathan Wang is a third-year PhD student under the advisement of Professor Eun Ji Chung in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. His research interests include applications of kidney-targeted nanoparticles for renal disorders, focusing on polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Using engineered nanoparticles as carriers of currently approved drugs, this research aims to increase their therapeutic efficacy, reduce side effects, and create novel treatment strategies for renal disease.

Jonathan has first-authored two journal papers, and mentors various undergraduates and high school students in the lab. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Alfred E. Mann Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Fellowship

The Alfred E. Mann Biomedical Engineering Fellowship was established in 1988 by AMI-USC and USC with the first fellowship awarded in the Fall of 1999.The fellow is selected by the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering department of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering from incoming or new students in the departmental doctoral program.  The fellowship includes a $34,000 stipend and tuition remission and is generally awarded for a period of three years.

Kevin Keomanee-Dizon

Kevin Keomanee-Dizon is a PhD student advised by Professor Scott E. Fraser at the Translational Imaging Center at USC. His scientific training is in applied physics and optical bioimaging. His research centers on developing novel quantitative microscopy technologies for applications in biology and medicine.