Advisor: George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Experience as a clinician, researcher, teacher and administrator informs the multifaceted role I have with HTE@USC. After earning an undergraduate degree at Caltech, I left LA, for graduate study in the Boston area where I earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Boston University and a master’s in public health at Harvard. As both a scientist and clinician working at medical institutions, my focus shifted to public health and policy issues involving homelessness and mental illness. I am now returning to LA from Toronto where I worked on technology-enabled approaches to healthcare management.
In Canada my work building research capacity was broadened to include directorships in technology-based regional economic development, medical research funding and non-profit organizations. I have always been devoted to creating and funding programs and partnerships enabling research, knowledge translation and chronic disease management. I have done this through energizing interactions with students, faculty, staff and clinical personnel in a variety of settings. I am thrilled to be part of HTE@USC’s leadership team re-designing medical and graduate engineering education to train front-line innovators. We’ll make sure that HTE@USC graduates will be leaders among interdisciplinary thinkers and inventors in healthcare.
President: Ali Marjaninejad, Ph.D. student (Provost’s fellow & Research Enhancement Fellow)
Ali received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sahand university of technology in 2012. He then received two M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (2015) and Electrical Engineering (2017) from Amirkabir University of Technology and University of Southern California (USC), respectively. During his masters he was working on Biomedical Signal Processing and Machine Learning algorithms. He is currently a PhD student at Biomedical Engineering department at USC where he is a Research Assistant at Brain-Body Dynamics lab.
Programming Chair: Sahar Elyahoodayan, Ph.D. student
Sahar received her B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2013. She was a research assistant in the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory where she worked on a wireless drug delivery pump for use in chronic patients with chronic conditions. She received her M.S in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from USC. She is currently a PhD student at the Center for Neural Engineering at USC. Her research interests are electrophysiology, animal experiments, and neuro-modulation system design.
Finance Chair: Brian Cohn, Ph.D. student (NSF Graduate Fellow, Ph.D. Merit Fellow in Computer Science & Chief Scientist, Kaspect)
Brian founded Kaspect, a consultancy focusing on the interplay of strategic business development and artificial intelligence. As a NSF Graduate Fellow, his Ph.D. research in Computer Science is focused on leveraging big-data infrastructure to decompose how the human fingertip can carefully manipulate objects, through simulation, cadaveric, and robotic experiments.