University of Southern California


Featured Research Centers

USC’s research centers and institutes pursue interdisciplinary research in environmental science, information technology, health promotion and biological sciences, to name a few topics. Here are some of our featured centers and institutes.


Alfred E. Mann Institute of Biomedical Engineering

AMI-USC is devoted to research, development and commercialization of new biomedical technologies to improve human health and well-being.


Alzheimer Disease Research Center

Provides the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services available for Alzheimer Disease, other types of dementia and diseases related to aging. ADRC reaches out to the multi-ethnic communities in the greater LA area.


Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems

This NSF-funded Engineering Research Center, based at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is advancing the science and engineering of new biomimetic microelectronic systems and developing technology to treat such conditions as blindness and paralysis.


Brain & Creativity

The Brain and Creativity Institute works to gather new knowledge about the human emotions, decision-making, memory, and communication, from a neurological perspective, and apply this knowledge to the solution of problems in the biomedical and sociocultural arenas.


Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

The Broad Center is a leading institute for the investigation into the biological mechanisms that control stem cell behavior, and translation of this research into new therapies for a wide variety of diseases and conditions.


Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)

C-DEBI is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science and Technology Center on the deep biosphere. Its mission is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.


Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events

CREATE is the first university center of excellence funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Its mission is to improve the nation's security through the development and application of tools for assessing the risks and consequences of terrorism.


IMSC Integrated Media Systems Center

IMSC is an informatics research center that focuses in data-driven solutions for real-world applications. IMSC targets four domains: Transportation, Social Media, Security, and Health,


Information Sciences Institute

ISI is a national leader in university-based information processing research, including developing advanced computer and communication technologies.


Institute for Creative Technologies

ICT is a national center for research in virtual reality and computer simulation.


Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research

IPR advances interdisciplinary research and education to improve the health and well-being of individuals and whole communities at the local and global levels.


Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

The mission of the Schaeffer Center at USC is to promote health and value in health care delivery through innovative research and policy in the United States and internationally.


METRANS Transportation Center

METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.


Norman Lear Center

The Norman Lear Center is a nonpartisan research and public policy center that studies the social, political, economic and cultural impact of entertainment on the world.


Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

USC/Norris was designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of the country's leaders in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education.

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Religion and Civic Culture

The Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC creates, translates, and disseminates scholarship on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world.


Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital

One of the top five independent pediatric research institutes in the country, the Saban Institute conducts biomedical research involving the molecular and clinical understanding of childhood development.

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SETI Institute

The SETI Institute, a USC affiliate, explores, studies and explains the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe including work in astrobiology and search technology.


Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)

SC CTSI promotes translation of scientific discoveries into new tools for clinical and community health.


Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

Aims to enhance discovery through the application of imaging and information technologies in the study of the brain


The Southern California Earthquake Center

SCEC sponsors research of earthquake phenomena in Southern California, including fault-system dynamics, earthquake physics, seismic wave propagation, and seismic hazard analysis.

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Visual Studies Research Institute

VSRI focuses on the nature, analysis and evaluation of visual evidence in order to interrogate the relationship of seeing, believing, and proving from Antiquity to the present.


Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

The Wrigley Institute, based on Catalina Island, is the focal point of USC's research into marine biology and marine environmental sciences.

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Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

The Zilkha Institute studies the genetic basis of neurological diseases and behavioral disorders.