Meet Dominie

Biomedical Engineering, ’21
Kahului, Maui

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I’m a sophomore from Kahului, Maui majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Classical Perspectives. On campus, I serve on the Community Outreach Committee for the Society of Women Engineers, participate on a medical device design team, and help to coordinate professional events for the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering. I also do research in the brand-new Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences, where I am learning how to fabricate nanoparticles for use in diagnostic imaging. I am excited to delve deeper into my own research project in the lab this coming summer! When I am not on campus, you can find me relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Pacific Palisades, both of which are reminiscent of home in Hawaii!
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Zavaleta Lab

Professor Cristina Zavaleta’s work focuses on the development of molecular imaging strategies using nanoparticles to improve cancer detection. My contribution to the lab includes creating the nanoparticles, characterizing the fluorescent dyes that are put in the nanoparticles, and keeping everyone up-to-date with the latest nanomedicine research in the medical literature.
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Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers aims to empower female engineering students through professional, social, and community outreach events. As I enjoy mentoring younger girls, I am actively involved with putting on workshops that encourage middle school and high school girls to pursue engineering fields.
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MEDesign Team

MEDesign is an organization that provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience designing and prototyping medical devices. This past year, I worked on a smartphone ophthalmoscope, which took pictures of the back of the eye to aid in the diagnosis of diseases. A doctor actually used the ophthalmoscope on a medical mission in Guatemala!
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My Major: Biomedical Engineering

How did I pick my major?

Growing up, soccer was my greatest passion, and my dream was to play at the collegiate level.  The summer going into my junior year of high school, I suffered a devastating foot injury.  After the injury and two surgeries, I was unable to return to playing at my pre-injury level and had to give up soccer altogether.  In retrospect, I do not wish anyone to go through my experience of losing something I really loved just because of an injury.  Biomedical engineers are at the interface of innovation and medicine, creating the solutions to injuries and disabilities so they are no longer career-ending.  In choosing biomedical engineering, I am most fascinated by the idea of applying the engineering principles I learn in class to make an impact on the health field.

My Favorite Classes

General education seminar is a class that all freshmen take, and it’s a wonderful chance to explore interesting topics outside of the sciences. In addition to loving reading and writing, I have been intrigued by Spanish culture ever since traveling to Spain a few years ago. Thus, I truly enjoyed reading a mix of short stories, plays, and novels set in Renaissance and modern Spain in my GESM.

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Favorite LA Spots

Manhattan Beach is a beautiful place to watch surfers, suntan, and eat delicious food. I usually stay until sunset to take “artsy” pictures underneath the pier.

My Netflix Obsessions

  • After I saw Justin Baldoni (Rafael in the show) speak at USC, I immediately started watching Jane the Virgin and fell in love! It’s incredibly hilarious but at the same time very touching. I totally recommend it!

  • The Fosters centers on a few foster kids who, despite rough patches in their childhood, eventually find the home they were always hoping for. With a blend of love, loyalty, and resilience, the Fosters will leave you feeling grateful for your own family!

Favorite USC Tradition

My favorite USC tradition is Welcome Week. When I arrived as a freshman for my first week living at USC, I was nervous but eager to meet my roommates, classmates, and future friends. Welcome Week was full of activities meant to ease the transition to college and allow freshmen to meet in a fun, relaxed setting. I went to a mini-carnival with games and treats, a concert with stand-up comedians, and a rally at Tommy Trojan with the USC marching band!

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