...Changing The World

Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [USC].

Project Description

Grantee Year Issue Program
Beneficiaries University of Southern California 2014 Leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers to tackle challenges in health and related fields by making biological sciences quantitative and predictive, fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases. Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Grantee Beneficiaries University of Southern California
Year Issue Program
2014 Leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers to tackle challenges in health and related fields by making biological sciences quantitative and predictive, fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases. Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Grantee Beneficiaries University of Southern California
Year 2014
Issue Leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers to tackle challenges in health and related fields by making biological sciences quantitative and predictive, fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases.
Program Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Grantee
Year 2014
Issue Leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers to tackle challenges in health and related fields by making biological sciences quantitative and predictive, fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases.
Program Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

The USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience will bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The goal of the 190,000-square-foot center is to fast-track detection and cure of diseases by turning biological sciences into a quantitative and predictive science. With building completion expected three years from now, contingent upon an additional $6 billion in fundraising, the USC Michelson Center will soon become a hub of scientific breakthroughs in health and related fields.

Advances in the understanding of living systems spurred by the genome revolution, coupled with improvements in computing technology, have positioned humanity for significant achievements in the biological sciences in the near future. At the USC Michelson Center, scientists will collaborate to translate those advances to the real world by accelerating the invention of new life-saving biomedical devices.

The center will serve as a new home to many of USC’s key faculty, including USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay — an innovative researcher whose investigations have contributed to the understanding of the genetic basis for circadian rhythms, which serve as the body’s clock.

Another new resident will be Scott Fraser, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and the director of science initiatives, whose work includes the development of microscopes capable of imaging the beating heart of an embryonic organism as it grows.

Convergent Bioscience the USC way

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (Front Entrance; Artist Rendering)

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
[Front Entrance; Artist Rendering]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (Front Entrance; Artist Rendering)

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
[Front Entrance; Artist Rendering]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (Front Entrance; Artist Rendering)

Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
[Front Entrance; Artist Rendering]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (Front Entrance; Artist Rendering)

Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
[Front Entrance; Artist Rendering]

The USC Michelson Center will stand in the southwest quadrant of the University Park Campus, home to most of the science and engineering buildings, and will house 20 to 30 principal investigators with laboratories employing hundreds of researchers and students. Complete with state-of-the-art flexible labs, a Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, a nanofabrication facility and a suite of microscopy imaging technology that can take precise measurements inside of cells, the facility is expected to help draw even more talented researchers to push the frontiers of science at USC.

Although Dr. Gary K. Michelson did not attend or work at USC, he was impressed by their desire to create a collaborative research space, gathering experts from across fields to work together on groundbreaking research initiatives. Steve A. Kay, dean of the Dornsife College, remarked that his conversations with Dr. Michelson regarding this project enjoyed a natural progression. “It only took a few meetings for us to realize that we really had a shared vision of how we’d like to see convergent science done,” he said of his interactions with Dr. Gary Michelson.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias is excited about this collaboration with the Gary Michelson Medical Research Foundation. “Dr. Michelson’s generous gift is truly visionary, as it will bridge USC’s strengths in a broad range of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer science,” said C. L. Max Nikias. “The new USC Michelson Center will be a vibrant hub for innovation and will help create a major biomedical research corridor in Southern California.”

The center will be the cornerstone of a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that aims to transform how research is conducted at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.

Gary K. Michelson holds a rendering of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [2014-10-23] (Photo Credit: Steve Cohn)

Gary K. Michelson holds a rendering of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on October 23rd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Steve Cohn).


Dr. Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias @ the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Ceremony [2014-10-23] (Photo Credit: Steve Cohn).

Dr. Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias @ the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Ceremony [2014-10-23] (Photo Credit: Steve Cohn).


Gary K. Michelson, Raymond C. Stevens at the USC Michelson Bridge Lab Warming [2015-02-11] (Photo Credit: Emily Cavalcanti).

Gary K. Michelson and Raymond C. Stevens, along with USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay inaugurated the USC Michelson Bridge Lab on February 11th, 2015 (Photo Credit: Emily Cavalcanti).


Raymond C. Stevens, Ph.D.; Peter Kuhn, Ph.D.

The labs of Raymond C. Stevens, right, and Peter Kuhn will bring a cohort of approximately 50 researchers to USC. Their labs will be housed in the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. (Photo Credit: Ryan Young).

MMRF Videos: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [USC]

Michael Quick, Steve Kay, Amber D. Miller, Yannis C. Yortsos, Cristina Zavaleta, Gary K. Michelson, David Cohen, Alya Michelson, Peter Kuhn, Stacey Finley;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [2-2]
[USC College] [2016-10-12]

Michael Quick, Ellis Meng,
Raymond C. Stevens, Yannis C. Yortsos;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [1-2]
[USC College] [2016-06-27]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Construction Timelapse Video
[USC College / Siddhartha Abbazi]
[2016-06-20]

Michael Quick, Yannis C. Yortsos, Raymond C. Stevens, Peter Kuhn, Scott Fraser, Ellis Meng, Steve Kay;
[email protected] Michelson [USC College]
[2015-11-25]

Andrea Armani, John O’Brien,
Dan Dapkus, Ellis Meng, Scott Fraser;
USC Michelson Nanofab Fundraiser [USC Viterbi]
[2015-01-08]

C.L. Max Nikias, Gary K. Michelson,
Raymond C. Stevens, David Cohen;
USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [MMRF]
[2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Breaks Ground [ATVN]
[2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Announcement [USC]
[2014-01-13]

MMRF Videos: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [USC]

Michael Quick, Steve Kay, Amber D. Miller,
Yannis C. Yortsos, Cristina Zavaleta,
Gary K. Michelson, David Cohen, Alya Michelson,
Peter Kuhn, Stacey Finley;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [2-2]
[USC College] [2016-10-12]

Michael Quick, Ellis Meng,
Raymond C. Stevens, Yannis C. Yortsos;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
[1-2] [USC College] [2016-06-27]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Construction Timelapse Video
[USC College / Siddhartha Abbazi]
[2016-06-20]

Michael Quick, Yannis C. Yortsos,
Raymond C. Stevens, Peter Kuhn,
Scott Fraser, Ellis Meng, Steve Kay;
[email protected] Michelson [USC College]
[2015-11-25]

Andrea Armani, John O’Brien,
Dan Dapkus, Ellis Meng, Scott Fraser;
USC Michelson Nanofab Fundraiser [USC Viterbi]
[2015-01-08]

C.L. Max Nikias, Gary K. Michelson,
Raymond C. Stevens, David Cohen;
USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [MMRF] [2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Breaks Ground [ATVN]
[2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Announcement [USC]
[2014-01-13]

MMRF Videos: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [USC]

Michael Quick, Steve Kay, Amber D. Miller, Yannis C. Yortsos, Cristina Zavaleta, Gary K. Michelson, David Cohen,
Alya Michelson, Peter Kuhn, Stacey Finley;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [2-2]
[USC College] [2016-10-12]

Michael Quick, Ellis Meng, Raymond C. Stevens, Yannis C. Yortsos;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [1-2]
[USC College] [2016-06-27]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Construction Timelapse Video
[USC College / Siddhartha Abbazi]
[2016-06-20]

Michael Quick, Yannis C. Yortsos, Raymond C. Stevens,
Peter Kuhn, Scott Fraser, Ellis Meng, Steve Kay;
[email protected] Michelson [USC College]
[2015-11-25]

Andrea Armani, John O’Brien,
Dan Dapkus, Ellis Meng, Scott Fraser;
USC Michelson Nanofab Fundraiser [USC Viterbi]
[2015-01-08]

C.L. Max Nikias, Gary K. Michelson,
Raymond C. Stevens, David Cohen;
USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [MMRF]
[2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Breaks Ground [ATVN]
[2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Announcement [USC]
[2014-01-13]

MMRF Videos: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [USC]

Michael Quick, Steve Kay, Amber D. Miller, Yannis C. Yortsos, Cristina Zavaleta, Gary K. Michelson, David Cohen, Alya Michelson, Peter Kuhn, Stacey Finley;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [2-2]
[USC College] [2016-10-12]

Michael Quick, Ellis Meng, Raymond C. Stevens, Yannis C. Yortsos;
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [1-2]
[USC College] [2016-06-27]

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Construction Timelapse Video
[USC College / Siddhartha Abbazi]
[2016-06-20]

Michael Quick, Yannis C. Yortsos,
Raymond C. Stevens, Peter Kuhn,
Scott Fraser, Ellis Meng, Steve Kay;
[email protected] Michelson [USC College] [2015-11-25]

Andrea Armani, John O’Brien,
Dan Dapkus, Ellis Meng, Scott Fraser;
USC Michelson Nanofab Fundraiser [USC Viterbi] [2015-01-08]

C.L. Max Nikias, Gary K. Michelson,
Raymond C. Stevens, David Cohen;
USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [MMRF] [2014-10-23]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Breaks Ground [ATVN]
[2014-10-23]

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Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias;
USC Michelson Center Announcement [USC]
[2014-01-13]

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Dedicated MMRF Posts

Press Coverage: USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [Original Publications]

[2016]

[2015-Q2] USC Associates CIRCLE Newsletter

[2015-Q1] USC Trojan Family

[2014-Q4] The Chronicle of Higher Education / Times of San Diego [Fall 2014]

[2014-Q4] USC Viterbi

[2014-Q4] USC News

[2014-Q3] USC Trojan Family

[2014-Q2/Q3] USC Dornsife

[2014-Q2] USC Trojan Family

[2014-Q1] Los Angeles Times / USC News

Press Coverage: USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience [Links]

[2016]

[2015]

[2015-Q1] USC Trojan Family [Winter 2015 Issue]

[2014-Q4] Post USC Michelson Groundbreaking

[2014-10-23] USC Michelson Groundbreaking

[2014-Q4] USC Viterbi [Fall 2014 Issue]

[2014-Q3] USC Trojan Family [Summer 2014 Issue]

[2014-Q2/Q3] USC Dornsife Coverage [Spring / Summer 2014 Issue]

[2014-Q2] USC Trojan Family Coverage [Spring 2014 Issue]

[2014-Q1] Post USC Michelson Announcement

[2014-01-13] USC Michelson Announcement

Other

Official USC Portals

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the University of Southern California and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the University of Southern California and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the University of Southern California and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the University of Southern California and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

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