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)

Eun Ji Chung Awarded NIH New Innovator Award

USC Viterbi reported that Eun Ji Chung has received the NIH New Innovator Award. With over $2.4 million in funding from this NIH grant, Chung will develop a new approach to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). (October 2, 2018)

This Tiny Particle Might Change Millions of Lives

Image/Yekaterina Kadyshevskaya
Image/Yekaterina Kadyshevskaya

USC Viterbi reports that researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine at USC have engineered peptide nanoparticles that outsmart the biological system and target kidney cells, an innovation that may prove critical to addressing chronic kidney disease. (August 22, 2018)

USC cancer physicist on a quest to create a mapping tool for cancer treatment

Image/Matthew Savino
Image/Matthew Savino

USC Dornsife wrote that Peter Kuhn has initiated two new research projects on two types of cancer at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. For both, he aims to create the equivalent of a navigation tool for oncology teams to select the best treatment options for patients based on the genetic characteristics of their cancer and their own health profile. (July 17, 2018)