Professor Finley

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Ph.D., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2009
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Florida A & M University, 2004

Academic Positions

Visiting Professor, EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, 2022
Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 2019 - present
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2013 - 2019
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, 2009 - 2013

Concurrent University Appointments

University Member, Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine
Department of Biological Sciences, Quantitative and Computational Biology
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Associate Member, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Selected External Service Positions

Member, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems (MABS) NIH Study Section 2019 - present
Editorial Advisory Board, GEN Biotechnology, 2021 - present
Editorial Board, Integrative Biology, 2021 - present
Associate Editor, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2020 - present
Associate Editor, PLOS Computational Biology, 2019 - present
Associate Editor, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 2018 - present

Selected Honors & Awards

Nichole A. and Thuan Q. Pham Professorship (2022-)
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2021)
American Association for Cancer Research NextGen Star (2018)
Outstanding Young Engineer, Orange County Engineering Council (2018)
Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair (2017-2021)
USC Viterbi Junior Research Award (2017)
Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award (2017)
Leah-Edelstein Keshet Prize, Society of Mathematical Biology (2017)
National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering (2016)
CMBE Young Innovator (2016)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016)
Keystone Symposia Fellow (2016)
Rose Hills Foundation Research Fellowship (2015)
Emerging Scholar Award from the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2015)
National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Education (2014)
Gabilan Assistant Professorship (2013-2017)
Elmer Gaden Jr. Award from the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2011)
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (2010-2013)
UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship (2010-2012)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2006-2009)