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The over-arching mission of the Armani research lab is to develop advanced materials and integrated optical devices that can be used in portable disease diagnostics and telecommunications.

Our research efforts include a wide range of topics including materials synthesis, integrated optics and instrumentation development, and characterization of tissue and disease diagnostics. We also perform a significant amount of computational work to support our experimental efforts. Given the diversity of measurements, we perform experiments on the main campus and at the medical school.

To enable this research breadth, our group members include researchers with diverse academic and research backgrounds, and we have numerous ongoing collaborations, both at USC and at other institutions around the world. The lab also supports a large number of undergraduate researchers as well as high school researchers. We are also very active in a wide range of STEM outreach activities. Financial support comes from several different government agencies and companies as well as philanthropic contributions.

The lab is primarily located in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and it is affiliated (through courtesy appointments in different depts and institutes) with the Dornsife College and the Keck Medical School. The research facilities are located in the newly constructed Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences.

Upcoming Presentations:

  • Upcoming presentations and Dept Seminars!



  • BMES Annual Meeting, October 2018

    Kristina is giving a presentation on the group's work on malaria diagnostics.

  • AIChE Annual Meeting, October-November 2018

    Andrea is giving an invited talk on the group's work on portable optical biosensors.

  • SPIE Photonics West, February 2019

    Rene is giving a presentation on Raman lasers, Hyungwoo and Dongyu are giving talks on frequency combs, and Andre is giving a talk on SiON resonators. Andrea is giving a pair of invited talks in LASE on integrated optics and in BIOS on optical diagnostics.

  • CLEO, May 2019

    Andrea is giving a tutorial on nanomaterial-enhanced frequency combs.

  • CLEO/Europe-EQEC, June 2019

    Andrea is giving an invited talk on optical biodetection.

  • Dept Seminars and Other events

    • Nov 7: USC, AME dept
    • Dec 14: Univ. Mass, Amherst

Interested in joining the Armani group?  Visit our Lab Openings page for more information.