USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Bridge Institute

Understanding the Human Body at the Atomic Level

Over the past century, the sciences, engineering and medicine have become progressively more specialized, each diverging into an array of sub-disciplines.  While this approach has led to significant increases in understanding of human health, it has also resulted in silos of expertise that run deep and often remain isolated and inadequate in addressing society’s most urgent health problems.

The USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Bridge Institute was conceived to disrupt conventional thinking – converging knowledge across disciplines to achieve radical progress in improving the human condition.

“The main goal at The Bridge Institute is to understand the complete human body at the atomic level and improve the human condition.” — Raymond Stevens, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry

To address “impossible” health challenges, the Bridge Institute is bringing together leaders in chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, engineering, physics and nanosciences — as well as experts in such areas as animation and cinematography — to build the first atomic resolution structure of the human body.

Development of this model will speed up the creation and implementation of therapies and cures for a range of diseases and conditions.

The institute unites professors from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Medicine of USC, as well as animators and cinematographers in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and technology transfer experts in the USC Center for Innovation.

The USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Bridge Institute also seeks to train the next generation of scientists.