Science Market Update

USC Gifted $10M for New Bioscience Center

Posted by Robert Larkin on Tue, Sep 08, 2015


The University of Southern California is expanding yet again, thanks in part to a recent $10 million gift from USC Trustee Malcolm Currie and his wife, Barbara. The gift will help support the Keck School of Medicine of USC, as well as construction of the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

The 190,000 square foot USC Michelson Center will be the largest building on campus and will focus mainly on biomedical research. Situated in the southwest quadrant of the University Park Campus, the center will contain laboratories for 20 to 30 principal investigators and hundreds of additional key faculty, researchers and students. Notable facilities include 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. (image:

The facility will also house collaborations between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in the fields of biomedical engineering and other life sciences.

Another main facet of the new USC Michelson Center will be to “leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers to tackle grand challenges in health and related fields. One key goal is to turn the biological sciences into a quantitative and predictive science, fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases…At the USC Michelson Center, scientists will collaborate to translate…advances to the real world by accelerating the invention of new life-saving biomedical devices.” (

keckIn honor of the Curries’ donation, the new Malcolm and Barbara Currie Residence Hall will also add 450 student beds to the university’s Health Sciences Campus. The building is now under construction and will include a day care facility for students with families.

“The Trojan Family will be forever grateful to Mal and Barbara for their leadership, generosity and commitment to our university,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “Their outstanding support of USC’s medical research and education has done so much to transform Los Angeles into a vibrant center for biomedical innovations, and has kept the university at the very fore of this growth.”

“I feel very privileged to have been part of USC’s rise to recognition as one of the world’s great research universities and I look forward to USC’s continuing major contributions to society from our focus on the convergence of the engineering and medical sciences,” Malcolm Currie said.

According to a university press release, the Curries’ gift is part of the multi-year Campaign for the University of Southern California to raise $6 billion for USC academics and research – a program that has already netted over $4.5 billion to date.

In addition to the development of the new USC Michelson Center, researchers at University of Southern California occupy many active research centers and institutes across a variety of disciplines. For example, some of the leading facilities associated with USC include:

  • Alfred E. Mann Institute of Biomedical Engineering (AMI-USC)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)
  • Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
  • Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
  • The Brain and Creativity Institute
  • Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems research Center

08-usc-9Hundreds of researchers from USC occupy these and other facilities that make breakthroughs in scientific research every day - using the latest in biotechnology and lab supplies.

Lab suppliers interested in meeting these researchers in a popular on-campus, life science setting can attend the 13th Semiannual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at USC Health Science Campus, on Monday, November 2, 2015.

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