Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2021
Hi everyone, and welcome to my student page! I’m a junior from Kahului, Maui majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Classical Perspectives. On campus, I am Vice President of 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. This past summer, I studied abroad in Paris, France through the Viterbi Overseas Program. 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! Scroll more or follow me on insta to see what #ViterbiLife is like!
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In Zavaleta Lab, we work on developing imaging strategies using nanoparticles to improve cancer detection. My contribution to the lab is both keeping everyone up-to-date with the latest nanomedicine research in the medical literature and fabricating gold nanoparticles. If you want to learn more, check out Professor Zavaleta’s website (https://www.zavaleta-lab.com/).
The Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering serves the specific interests of the biomedical engineering student body by hosting professional, academic, and social events. As Vice President, I have planned a corporate dinner for students seeking jobs in industry and a research symposium for students seeking positions in labs.
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 volunteer during workshops that encourage middle school and high school girls to pursue engineering fields.
My Favorite Things About USC
One of my favorite things about USC is the USC Village. I loved living there for my first two years at USC. There were air-conditioned rooms, courtyards, and comfortable study lounges. There are also many places to grab food; I frequent Trader Joe’s, Dulce, and Baked Bear!
Another favorite thing about USC is the variety of cool events that are put on throughout the year at Bovard Auditorium. I got to hear talks by famous actors like Justin Baldoni and Ken Jeong!
Last but not least, I can’t forget to mention football games! I definitely look forward to dressing in USC colors and cheering on the football team on Saturdays. It’s so exciting to see the entire campus become lively with students, faculty, and alumni.
My Major: Biomedical Engineering
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.
Passion in my Field
Fluorescent nanoparticles used to image tumors!
Transcatheter aortic heart valve…a revolutionary cardiovascular device.
A 3D printer that can create tissue models.
Passion in the Classroom
My Favorite Courses
- GESM 120: Literature, Culture, and Film in 17th and 20th Century Spain
- Biomedical Computer Simulations
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.