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Intern Program

Each spring, the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program recruits graduate students from across the university to serve as Coulter Interns for the semester. In collaboration with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Coulter Interns receive commercialization training through the paid internship opportunity and work directly with program staff to support faculty inventors that have applied for project funding through the pilot program. Coulter Program Interns perform a number of tasks under the direction of program staff that provide them with assessment and analytical skills, including:

•    Reviewing pre-proposal applications, invention disclosures and related information submitted by USC inventors
•    Assessing the potential development of proposed device (technology assessment)
•    Performing market research to understand the competitive environment (Internet searches, industry publications, calling organizations)
•    Evaluating potential market opportunities of each technology and their value proposition in a given market
•    Conducting market assessments (involving both primary and secondary research) and preparing detailed business feasibility studies for new technologies
•    Supporting select Coulter teams with proposal and pitch development
•    Evaluating and developing business models and market penetration strategies
•    Conducting legal research regarding issues in patent and copyright law
•    Assisting in the development & revision of IP, reimbursement and regulatory strategies


The 2014 Coulter Interns are:

David is a current masters candidate in the USC School of Pharmacy, working towards a Management of Drug Development degree. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 with a B.S in Biopsychology (Neuroscience) and a minor in Applied Psychology. With interests in project development and R&D regulatory affairs, he hopes to take his experiences to industry, and eventually work with drug and device start-ups, especially those relating to the CNS and peripheral nervous system. David grew up in Orange County, California. His experiences include working with Dr. Miguel Eckstein’s VIU vision research laboratory, studying visual perception. On his off time, he enjoys producing and DJing electronic dance music, performing in the Los Angeles area as well as in Las Vegas.



Jamuna is a passionate biomedical engineer who thinks that a medical innovation is only useful until it is out and running in the market and has solved the clinical need. She earned her Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Karunya University, India, and is currently earning her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.  Jamuna works as a research assistant in brain imaging with a special focus on patients with Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) for Dr. Natasha Lepore’s group at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. While on one end, she is passionate about biology and healthcare, on the other end Jamuna is also equally interested in technology and business. She aspires to be a medical device entrepreneur some day; the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program acting as a platform to combine her passion for healthcare with the "knowhow" required to get the medical innovation to market. Outside of school and work, she is extremely passionate about arts & crafts.  Jamuna loves Origami and recently got involved in modular origami. She also enjoys making paper bead jewelry and will, someday, maybe launch her own line of paper jewelry.



Kellie graduated from USC with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor degree in Spanish. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Management of Drug Development at USC. During her undergraduate studies, Kellie worked as a research assistant for the USC Emotion and Cognition Lab. She also served as an executive board member for GlobeMed at USC, a nonprofit organization that partners with a grassroots organization in Ghana to address maternal health disparities. Kellie aims to merge her scientific background with experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She is particularly interested in business development and R&D regulatory affairs. In addition to pursuing her Master’s, Kellie is a member of a local dance company, LA Unbound. She enjoys all dance styles, but is especially passionate about jazz and ballet.



Navya Davuluri received her Bachelors degree in Bioinformatics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2007. After graduation, she joined a Biotechnology research team at NASA Ames Research Center working on predicting structure of proteins called chaperonin complexes. She also worked as an intern at a company called LS9, Inc., doing phylogenetic analysis and developing an internal BLAST system. She joined USC’s PhD program in Biomedical Engineering in the Fall of 2008.  Navya’s PhD thesis project is focused on the study of the neuronal response to electrical stimulation in degenerate retina using intrinsic signal imaging and electrophysiology techniques. She tries to explore the correlation between morphological and electrophysiological changes as a degree of retina degeneration in a rodent model. She hopes to improve the resolution, electrode design and stimulus parameters of the retinal prosthesis by understanding the optical and electrophysiological response of the diseased retina to electrical stimulation. In addition to her thesis work, Navya has interests in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. She is working towards obtaining a certificate in technology commercialization at the Marshall School of Business in addition to completing an internship with the Coulter Program.



Shan He is a second year graduate student at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She is focusing on regulatory affairs and quality assurance in medical devices, having experience in preparing 510(k) documents to the FDA for class II devices. Shan is graduating in May 2014 and seeking for full-time position related in regulatory affairs and quality assurance in medical device industry upon the completion of her internship. In her spare time, Shan enjoys dancing and reading.