2023 Sustainability Research Award Program Winners Announced

The President’s Sustainability Initiative Award (PSIA) program provides seed funding and encourages USC researchers to submit highly competitive applications for federal funding for major initiatives that will have a significant positive impact on sustainability. (July 26, 2023)

Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology

Awarded annually to honor the bold, trailblazing, and transformative research in human immunology with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. The prize for one young investigator is $30,000 and publication of his or her essay in Science. To enter, submit an application describing your research of the past three years and why you think it’s a game-changer in the field of immunology. The deadline for consideration is October 1, 2023.

The Magic Behind the Microscope

The same USC software that aided the discovery of gravity waves now automates a unique 3D microscope that first revealed COVID-19.

2023 recipients of the Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology

The ePanel event held April 11 featured cutting-edge research in cancer immunotherapy, vaccinology and immunology, and how modern tools and technologies can be deployed for real-world clinical and public health impacts. Following welcome remarks by Dr. Gary MichelsonMichelson Philanthropies founder and co-chair, Bill Moran, Publisher of AAAS/ScienceHolden Thorp, Editor in Chief of AAAS/Science, andSeth Scanlon, Editor of AAAS/Science, the recipients presented their award winning research and participated in a Q&A with the audience. This international prize focuses on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. The prize is intended to encourage and support young investigators from a wide range of disciplines and is awarded annually based on work done in the past three years. Click here to view the recorded event.

Now accepting applications for the 2023 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants.

Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising researchers applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

Fetal Heart Disease Visible for First Time on Real-Time MRI Scan for Expectant Mothers

Breakthrough imaging procedure can be used to better characterize congenital heart disease and to plan immediate care for newborns (March 29, 2023)

Scientists aim to catalyze USC drug discovery using workshops and new technology

Scientists at USC Dornsife and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience are hoping to spark drug research across the university by hosting a series of workshops. (February 22, 2023)

Study shows how liver cancer hijacks circadian clock machinery inside cells

Researchers led by Steve A. Kay are now one step closer to understanding how to halt the spread of the deadly disease in the body. (January 9, 2023)

Next-generation liquid biopsy detects nano-sized signs of breast cancer in early-stage patients

A team of scientists led by CSI-Cancer’s Peter Kuhn has found indications that a special blood test called a liquid biopsy could determine whether a patient has breast cancer at its early stage and if that cancer is unlikely to return. (September 28, 2022)

New Grant to Help Develop “Forever Implants”

A new 5-year NIH-funded grant led by USC Viterbi researchers that will examine the longevity of medical implants uses an ultra-rare low-field MRI machine — one of only three of its kind in the world — housed at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. (June 30, 2022)

First look at a small protein’s structure could advance treatments for epilepsy and other disorders

Findings by USC Dornsife scientists using cryogenic electron microscopy in the Michelson Center’s Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging could lead to answers for neurological disorders from anxiety to schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease to autism spectrum disorder. (June 8, 2022)

2 USC scientists called to serve on Biden’s renewed Cancer Moonshot initiative

CSI-Cancer director Dr. Peter Kuhn is one of two USC cancer scientists called by President Joe Biden to reignite the national Cancer Moonshot research effort. The other is Dr. John Carpten, director of the Institute of Translational Genomics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. (February 2, 2022)

Three USC Faculty Named 2021 AAAS Fellows

Dr. Andrea Armani is one of three USC professors to become American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows in 2021. (January 25, 2022)

USC Team Shows How Memories Are Stored in The Brain, With Potential Impact on Conditions Like PTSD

A team of USC researchers discovered what physical changes occur in the brain when a memory is made by inducing a memory in a larval zebrafish and then mapping changes in their transparent heads with lit-up brain cells. (January 10, 2022)