Current Fellows

Joycelyn Yip

Joycelyn Yip is currently a third-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.

Daeun Kim

Daeun Kim is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering, under the guidance of Professor Justin Haldar in the Biomedical Imaging Group (BIG) at the University of Southern California.  Her research interests include multidimensional signal processing, constrained signal processing, inverse problems, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and biomedical data processing.

Her current research is focusing on developing an advanced MRI technique that can provide more accurate characterization of microstructure in biological tissues.

She is a recipient of the USC Women in Science and Engineering Merit Award and the 1st Place Award for Best Abstract Presentation at the Quantitative MR study group in the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine from her recent work.

Alexa Hudnut

Alexa Hudnut is a fourth year PhD student studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California under the advisement of Professor Andrea Armani. She is working to create tools that improve how physicians diagnose diseases such as cancer. She is currently developing a wide array of platforms that vary drastically in their applications, yet all use fundamentals of optics as their scientific foundation. In a field where overworked doctors are often disconnected from their patients, Alexa hopes to act as a bridge to refocus the conversation onto areas critical to patient well-being.

Alfred E. Mann Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Fellowship

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.