University of Southern California Department of Biomedical Engineering The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC
James D. Weiland, Ph.D.

Address:  USC Vision Research Center
                 1537 Norfolk Street, Rm 6523
                 Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone:      (323)-865-0823
Fax:          (323)-865-0858


James Weiland received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1988. After 4 years in industry with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines, he returned to Michigan for graduate school, earning degrees in Biomedical Engineering (M.S. 1993, Ph.D. 1997) and Electrical Engineering (M.S. 1995). He joined the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins University in 1997 as a postdoctoral fellow and, in 1999, was appointed an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Weiland was appointed assistant professor at the USC Eye Institute-University of Southern California in 2001. Currently, Dr. Weiland is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California. He is Deputy Director of the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems Engineering Research Center. Dr. Weiland’s research interests include retinal prostheses, neural prostheses, electrode technology, visual evoked responses, and implantable electrical systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE EMBS, the Biomedical Engineering Society, Sigma Xi, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Research Activities:

Retinal prosthesis
Electrical stimulation of nerve and muscle
Bioelectrode technology
Retinal electrophysiology

Clinical Interests
Retinitis Pigmentosa
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Facial nerve paralysis  


Weiland JD, Humayun MS. A biomimetic retinal stimulating array. IEEE Eng in Med Biol Mag. 2005 Sep-Oct; 24(5):14-21.

Weiland JD, Anderson DJ, Humayun M.; In Vitro Electrical Properties for Iridium Oxide vs. Titatium Nitride Stimulating Electrodes. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2002 Dec; 49(12 Pt 2):1574-9.

Weiland JD, Anderson DJ. Chronic neural stimulation with Thin-Fillm, Iridium Oxide Electrodes. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2000 Jul; 47(7):911-18