A good night’s sleep may be in sight

The sleep-promoting hormone melatonin (shown as a constellation in the night sky) is synthesized at night from serotonin (shown as a kite).
(Illustration/Yekaterina Kadyshevskaya)

Researchers plan to develop new sleep disorder treatments based on new 3D models of two melatonin receptors created by an international team. The studies were published in ‘Nature.’ (April 24, 2019)

Steve Kay elected to the Royal Society of London

(Photo/Noé Montes)

The director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and the MESH Academy becomes the university’s second faculty member in the prestigious society. (April 18, 2019)

Unmasking Malaria With A Cheap Magnet And A Laser Pointer

Researcher at her microscope
(NPR/YouTube)

On NPR’s Joe’s Big Idea, Andrea Armani and Samantha McBirney explain the inspiration behind their work on malaria and their progress toward an inexpensive and effective early-detection device. (January 17, 2019)

Building A Better “CAR”

CAR Info Diagram
(Illustration/Madelin Lum)

A trio of USC Viterbi researchers have unlocked secrets about an engineered protein receptor, known as CAR, that makes cancer-fighting T cells more effective. Assistant Professor Stacey Finley, Professor Pin Wang and Assistant Professor Nick Graham have just published a paper that sheds light on how this new treatment works.

How USC’s Michelson Center is Like a Hollywood Movie

Niema Pahlevan and Ray Matthews 'Movie Poster'
(Illustration/Owen Freeman)

USC Viterbi Magazine reports that USC’s “largest, most ambitious building is bringing together real life dynamic duos.” The building has brought together engineers, scientists and doctors to solve the biggest health issues of our time. (Fall 2018)