The World’s Smallest Movie Studio

Scott Fraser, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and Director of Science Initiatives, works with his team to “eavesdrop” on memories as they’re being made.

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

Fei Sha believes in the power of convergence. That’s why the associate professor in computer science and Zohrab A. Kaprielian Fellow in Engineering feels so excited about the opening of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which is funded by a $50 million gift from Dr. Gary Michelson and his wife, Alya. There, Sha will head the Center of Data, Algorithms, and Systems for Health, or DASH, which will apply cutting-edge findings of statistical machine learning to medical science.

Trade secrets need love, too: USC Marshall offers entrepreneur’s guide to intellectual property

USC will offer a new course this Fall, titled: “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Intellectual Property” through USC Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The course will provide essential foundation elements in the entrepreneurship and will address the “IP education gap.” A proponent of intellectual property education, innovator, and philanthropist Gary Michelson was pivotal in the Grief Center’s creation of the class. In 2014, Dr. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson donated $50 million to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

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.