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Ellis Meng, PhD

Division: neural-electronics

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Research Interests:

The Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory at USC focuses on developing novel micro- and nanotechnologies for biomedical applications, especially unmet clinical needs. In particular, we are interested in the integration of multiple modalities (e.g. electrical, mechanical, and chemical) in miniaturized devices measuring no more than a few millimeters for use in fundamental scientific research, biomedical diagnostics, and therapy. We achieve these goals through the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, especially biocompatible polymer microfabrication. Current research topics range from fundamental investigation of novel hybrid neural interfaces to the development of complex implantable medical devices for management of hydrocephalus and closed-loop metronomic drug delivery for treating pediatric cancers. There is great potential for these new techniques and devices to result in discoveries that will reshape the scientific and medical landscape.


Ellis Meng is a Professor of biomedical and electrical engineering and chair of the Women in Science and Engineering program in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Meng directs the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory, which specializes in focuses on advancing medicine using enabling micromachining, micro- sensor and actuator, microfluidic, and microsystems technologies. She completed her graduate work in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2003. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Awards. Ellis was recognized as a 2009 TR35 Young Innovator Under 35 for her work in next generation drug delivery pumps. In 2012, she was named one of the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry’s MedTech 40 under 40. Dr. Meng is a strong proponent of translation of microtechnologies in medicine; she is an inventor of novel pumping technology that is being commercialized by Fluid Synchrony LLC which she co-founded. She currently serves at the chair of the Viterbi School of Engineering Committee of the Women in Science and Engineering Program. She also an active educator and authored a textbook on bioMEMS. Her professional memberships include Tau Beta Pi, IEEE, ASME, ASEE, and BMES.

List of Publications:

  • Ellis Meng and Roya Sheybani. Micro- and nano-fabricated implantable drug-delivery systems: current state and future perspectives. Therapeutic Delivery, Vol. 5, Number 11, 2014, pp. 1167-1170.
  • Roya Sheybani and Ellis Meng. Insight: Implantable Medical Devices. Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, Number 17, 2014, pp. 3233-3240, doi:10.1039/C4LC00127C.
  • Brian J. Kim, Jonathan T.W. Kuo, Seth A. Hara, Curtis D. Lee, Lawrence Yu, Christian A. Gutierrez, Tuan Hoang, Victor Pikov, and Ellis Meng. 3D Parylene sheath neural probe for chronic recordings. Journal of Neural Engineering, Vol. 10, Issue 4, 2013, Article Number 045002, doi:10.1088/1741-2560/10/4/045002.
  • Roya Sheybani, Heidi Gensler, and Ellis Meng. A MEMS Electrochemical Bellows Actuator for Fluid Metering Applications. Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 15, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 37-48, doi: 10.1007/s10544-012-9685-0.


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2003
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1998
  • B.S. Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, 1997

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