News and Events

Stacey Finley, the Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was named one of the 2016 Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

Steve Kay was announced to lead the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and named Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences. Please see: http://news.usc.edu/104831/steve-kay-returns-to-lead-usc-michelson-center-for-convergentbioscience/.

USC News featured the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences in August. The feature discussed plans both the physical building and the faculty that are primed to fill the interdisciplinary spaces. Please see: http://news.usc.edu/105427/michelson-center-aim-bringbiologists-engineers-together-fast-track-groundbreaking-research/.

Stacey Finley received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for her work in the mathematical modeling of angiogenesis signaling and crosstalk in tumor cells. More information about her award (1552065) can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1552065

Peter Kuhn attended the Cancher Moonshot Summit to fast track research and improve patient outcomes. For more about Dr. Kuhn’s involvement with the White House, please see: https://michelson.usc.edu/files/2017/01/Kuhn-Story.pdf.

Carl Kesselman is solving intractable biomedical problems with Discovery Informatics. Please see: https://michelson.usc.edu/files/2017/01/Kesselman-Story.pdf.

The Huffington Post published, “How Can Wearable Technology Improve Cancer Treatment?” Featuring Peter Kuhn.

Peter Kuhn was honored by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as a recipient of the BCRF award at the annual meeting in NYC in October.

The Department of Defense recommended the implementation of the Kuhn lab-led Analytical Tools to Objectively Measure Human Performance (AtomHP) to President Obama in November. AtomHP assesses in real-time a cancer patient’s experiences from physical, psychological, and environmental factors. It advances the way doctors monitor core dynamics in cancer patients on a regular basis. Please see USC News’ “USC to show how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment as part of White House event.”

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation awarded a $393,000 subcontract to Peter Kuhn for the“Development of a Blood Profiling Atlas to Understand Spatiotemporary Evolution of Breast Cancer in Patients.”

The National Eye Institute awarded the NIH BRAIN initiative grant subcontract for $231,000 to Vsevold Katritch and Vadim Cherezov for the “Structure-guided design of photselectable chanelrhodopsins.” The project employs structure-based molecular modeling and rational design principles to optimize spectral and ion conductivity properties of photoswitchable channelrodopsis with applications in vivo behavioral optogenetics.