Brittany Kay, PhD, Lecturer at USC's Biomedical Engineering Dept.

Brittany graduated from USC's undergraduate program summa cum laude in 2006, and received her Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from USC in 2012. For her Ph.D., Brittany specialized in pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling, which is the study of how drugs are distributed through the body and how they affect the body or disease state. Brittany is presently teaching three classes at USC on varying BME-related topics with students ranging from freshman to Ph.D. candidates.

Brittany's path to a career in biomedical engineering first started as an undeclared engineering major, then as a mechanical engineer which later led to biomedical engineering. "As far back as I can remember, I've always liked math and physiology. The fact that biomedical engineering is the application of math to physiology was immediately intriguing and exciting. It felt like a good fit right from the start."

Brittany enjoys her role as a teacher. "I really love finding different ways of explaining a concept so that it works for an individual student. Coming up with the right way to bring out that "aha!" moment is one of my biggest motivations." Brittany plans on continuing at USC for the foreseeable future. "I love teaching, I love the department, I love the material. I got really lucky in finding a job I wanted to do right after finishing my degree."

One of the advantages, she says, of her education at Highland Hall was that “You do a lot of writing -- pretty much every course and main lesson block required almost daily essays. In both my college career and when I got my Ph.D., the fact that I was already quite used to (and practiced at) writing was very valuable. I noticed that, especially compared to my engineering peers, I was much more comfortable with the idea of writing essays, theses, etc.”