Viterbi undergrads to present research

first_imgPhotos courtesy of Madeleine Combs and Prajwal BharadwajResearch is a key component of undergraduate study at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, providing students with hands-on experience and practical application of skills useful for their future careers. Madeleine Combs and Prajwal Bharadwaj are both taking advantage of research opportunities this year, as they are two of the only three undergraduate biomedical engineering students selected to present research at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting.The conference will showcase a wide array of findings within the medical device field.Although Combs and Bharadwaj are both in the same field of study, the focus of their research differs greatly.Combs, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in mechanical engineering, conducted research on the immune response testing of micro neuroprobes in the brains of rats to find information that could potentially be applied to humans. Combs worked in the USC Biomedical Microsystems Lab under the guidance of Ellis Meng.“[Research is] one of the reasons why I wanted to go to USC,” Combs said. “I knew undergrads [could] get involved in research here, which is what makes USC unique.”By working alongside doctorate student Ahuva Weltman, Combs conducted research for a project titled “Immunohistological Image Analysis of Microprobe Array Targeting Hippocampus.”“The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is responsible for long-term memory,” Combs said. “So, that’s important for patients with Alzheimer’s or any kinds of illnesses that affect memory. If you’re in a car accident and you have some kind of damage to your hippocampus, those could be very important for that kind of information.”In her work, Combs focuses on gauging the biocompatibility of the neuroprobe to the rat’s system and its overall responsiveness.Initially, Combs planned on solely attending the conference with her peers from the Associate Students of Biomedical Engineering, but the organization encouraged her to submit her research as well.“I’m looking forward to experiencing all the other types of research [at BMES], learning from other [undergraduate] students and also the doctorate students,” Combs said.Similarly, Bharadwaj, a junior studying biomedical engineering with an electrical engineering emphasis, sought out research opportunities early on in his undergraduate career.As a freshman, Bharadwaj joined Eun Ji Chung’s lab, which focuses on molecular design, nanomedicine and tissue engineering to generate biomaterial strategies and address the limitations of clinical solutions, according to the Chung Laboratory website.Bharadwaj’s research, titled “In Vitro Vascular Model for Atherosclerosis,” aims to create a more accurate model of the disease to improve current treatment. Atherosclerosis is a common condition caused by plaque buildup in the arteries, which can lead to chest pain, heart attacks or strokes.“I think submitting research and exchanging research [with] other scientists is a great way to increase my presentational skills, as well as [take] critical feedback to understand how my research could have been more effective and what steps I can take in the future to improve,” Bharadwaj said.Bharadwaj says the conference, his first, is a vital opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and laboratory.“I’d encourage everyone … to look at options surrounding biomedical research even if you’re not going into academia,” Bharadwaj said. “It’s a great way to gain skills that will be useful in your life.”last_img read more

Cech to hold talks with Chelsea.

first_imgIt’s claimed Cech would like to join rivals Arsenal, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly also keen.It’s believed Chelsea would prefer to sell to the French champions for a fee of around eleven million pounds.Cech, who has been at Chelsea for eleven seasons, has one year left on his contract.last_img

Darren Collison’s big fourth quarter helps lift Clippers to improbable comeback win over Thunder

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And Collison was winning.“Game ball goes to Darren Collison,” Chris Paul said. Paul turned the first question about the improbable victory into an impromptu speech to praise Collison. Often, he’s barking at him on the court.“Darren Collison was amazing (Sunday),” Paul said. “If you see us during the game, you probably saw me going nuts on him a couple times at the end. You take the good with the bad.“I don’t think I’ve ever had a relationship with somebody like I have with DC because we both push each other and motivate each other. Maybe because I was (with him when he) was a rookie in New Orleans. You’ve just got to love a guy like that who plays with so much heart and never gives up.”Collison is 26, but already he’s playing for his fourth NBA team. Some players always seem to be the subject of trades, and Collison was mentioned in discussions the Clippers had with the New York Knicks in February. It never panned out. Collison signed a two-year deal worth $3.8 million to be in Los Angeles. Surely, he would’ve landed a bigger deal somewhere else. “I just felt like being in a winning situation will elevate my game on so many levels,” Collison said. “It’s paid dividends all season long. I texted BG (Blake Griffin) and said, ‘I want to come here, regardless of the financial reasons.’ I didn’t care who was on the team. I thought this team had a good shot of competing for a championship. I wanted to put myself in that position.”He did that Sunday. Right there in the fourth quarter. On the same court with Durant and Westbrook for Oklahoma City and Clippers teammates Paul and Griffin.“It’s hard sacrificing, you know what I mean, but I made the sacrifice,” Collison said. “I’m here, and I’m happy I made the right decision. Playing with these guys, it’s a great group of guys to play with. I’m glad I made that sacrifice.”jill.painter@langnews.com @jillpainter on Twitter The Clippers trailed by 22 points in the first quarter at Staples Center and slowly, painstakingly eased their way back into the game. Collison entered to do what he does down the stretch.His defense late in games is always impactful, but in Game 4, Collison did it all. He scored. He defended. He prevailed. He trended on Twitter. “It felt good to be out there,” said Collison, who played 23 minutes. “The whole time I was thinking, ‘We can’t be down 3-1. We can’t be down 3-1 going to Oklahoma.’ For us, just battling and fighting and tying the series, definitely it’s momentum for us.”Collison, who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, played with the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook at UCLA. Westbrook left after his sophomore year. Collison stayed all four years, and the two met again Sunday. Asked if they traded barbs, Collison laughed and said: “Whaaaat?”“It was great competing,” Collison said. “We were both competing out there. We’ve been doing it for a very long time. He’s a great competitor. I’m a great competitor. Nothing was said. We were just going out there and competing.”center_img They say a photo is worth a thousand words.An overhead snapshot of reserve guard Darren Collison, his right arm outstretched while in midair for a layup and Kevin Durant behind him trying to defend in the fourth quarter, says everything about Collison’s impact on the Clippers unlikely comeback win Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder.Collison made the Clippers’ final two baskets — both on layups — and scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. His play, especially late, ignited the Clippers to an unexpected 101-99 come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma City.The Western Conference semifinals series is tied at 2.last_img read more