Scientists want to synthesize Salvia’s hallucinogenic molecule to lower opiate abuse

Gizmodo highlighted research by Raymond Stevens, Saheem Zaidi and Vsevolod Katritch of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on their attempts to stabilize the structure of salvia, a hallucinogenic plant. By altering the molecule’s structure during synthesis, the researchers believe they are able to customize its opiate-like effects with a reduced risk for abuse. 

Eun Ji Chung receives Broad Innovation Award

Eun Ji Chung, a Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering received a Broad Innovation Award for her research proposal to use biologically inspired scaffolds in urethral tissue generation.