University of Southern California

Research

Research Facilities Located at UPC

USC has research facilities located on several campuses. The list below consists of the facilities located at the University Park Campus (UPC) location and are sorted by research area.

Biomedical, Life Sciences & Materials Imaging
Computing, Statistics & Informatics
Digital Archive & Media Resources
Flow Cytometry & Genomics
Glassware, Machine Shop & Equipment
Biophysics, Engineering & Technology
Proteomics & Spectroscopy
Translational Research & Clinical Trials

Biomedical, Life Sciences & Materials Imaging

Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis

CEMMA provides research tools for imaging, visualization, and analysis of nano-scale features and structures, both man-made and natural, including biological structures. Services include: full-time technical staff support providing training and assistance with advanced applications. Equipment includes: scanning and transmission electron (TEM, SEM, and FIB) and light (super-resolution, GE Delta Vision OMX) microscopes.

University Park Campus
814 Bloom Walk, CEM 101B
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0101
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Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center

The Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center pursues structural and functional brain imaging studies using state of the art techniques, to contribute to the development of future brain imaging modalities and to disseminate knowledge about the brain, the mind and neuroimaging. Equipment and services include: a 3T Siemens TRIO scanner with associated support equipment; a BIOPAC MR-Compatible Physiological Data Acquisition System and an ASL 504 LRO Eye Tracker.

University Park Campus
Neuroscience Imaging Center
3520A McClintock Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
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Image Processing and Informatics Lab

The Image Processing and Informatics (IPI) Laboratory utilizes Biomedical Imaging and Informatics Technologies to train and educate scientists and physicians in clinical R&D services related to medical imaging and informatics. Services and research areas include: computer-aided diagnosis (CAD), bone age assessment, development of data grids (clinical trials, small animal imaging, imaging security and combination teleradiology and PACS operations) and radiation therapy informatics. Equipment includes: a PACS Simulator, a Fault-tolerance Server, Data Grid, PACS workstations, CAD servers, and connections to two clinical PACS.

University Park Campus
Annenberg Research Park
734 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90089
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Translational Imaging Center

The Translational Imaging Center (TIC) and the Light Microscopy Imaging Center bring together advanced light and fluorescence microscopy systems, providing facilities and instruments for scientists engaged in translational research. The TIC is also focused on developing new technologies for automating and providing advanced imaging technologies. Equipment includes: confocal and two-photon OPO fluorescence microscopes and state of the art image analysis software.

University Park Campus
Ray R. Irani Hall
1050 Childs Way, RRI324
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Video Tracking Core

The USC Video Tracking Core (VTC) facility provides specialized research video services to USC and non-USC researchers. High-speed video combined with specialized lighting and software enables us to assay 3D movement, behavior patterns, gene expression and metabolite levels in free-moving animals, including Drosophila melanogaster and C. elegans, for periods ranging from <1/30 second to months. Services include: Analysis of movement and behavior patterns; Quantification of fluorescent transgenic reporter molecules, including green-fluorescence (GFP), red-fluorescence, blue-fluorescence and others; Quantification of fluorescent transgenic reporter molecules in specific tissues, including CNS, muscle, liver, heart and intestine; Small molecule testing for effects on behavior, gene expression and metabolite levels; Quantification of Drosophila life span and healthspan; Training and education.

University Park Campus
Ray R Irani Hall (RRI 219C)
1050 CHILDS WAY, Bldg. #291
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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X-Ray Crystallography Facility

The purpose of the X-Ray Crystallography Facility is to structurally characterize single-crystal samples of organic, inorganic, and organometallic compounds using X-ray diffraction. Equipment and services include: a Bruker APEX DUO single-crystal diffractometer equipped with an APEX2 CCD detector, Mo fine-focus and Cu micro-focus X-ray sources and a Rigaku Ultima IV powder/thin film diffractometer to conduct rapid structural analysis. It is capable of handling samples that are sensitive to air, moisture, and/or temperature and the core provides training for users to conduct their own experiments.

University Park Campus
John Stauffer Science Lecture
837 Bloom Walk
Los Angeles, CA 90087
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Computing, Statistics and Informatics

Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

The Spatial Sciences Institute promotes spatial thinking by using technology to conceptualize, analyze and visualize location-based data. The USC GIS Research Laboratory offers core geospatial infrastructure (hardware, software, services, data, and expertise) to help build and sustain a community of scholars who use spatial analysis, modeling and mapping. Equipment and services include: GPS Hardware, GIS/RS/GPS Software, web Services, plotting services, and project consulting.

University Park Campus
Kaprielian Hall, Room 416
3620 South Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0255
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Information Technology Services

ITS provides information technology and support services to USC researchers. Equipment and services include: a range of software and web-based resources. It holds university-wide and locally held licenses for many software suites and offers consulting services for statistics software as well as fee-based website hosting and design consulting.

University Park Campus
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Digital Archive & Media Resources

Shoah Foundation

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute maintains the largest archive of video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. Its mission is to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry—and the suffering they cause—through the educational use of the Institute’s visual history testimonies. The Institute supports scholarship and research in many fields, develops educational products and lessons, and provides training to teachers on the use of testimony in the classroom. Services include: access to archives at institutions around the world.

University Park Campus
Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library
650 West 35th Street, Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2571
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USC Digital Repository

The Repository draws upon a large team of full-time engineering staff and engineering interns to develop improved techniques for preserving and providing access to digital content. It draws upon the extensive resources of USC, particularly USC Libraries, the USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Information Technology Services group. Services include: Digitization, Cataloging, Preservation, Web Access and File-server access (with high-quality, high-bandwidth file management capabilities to access, manage, and manipulate large digital collections). Also available is the recruitment, training and managing of teams of students for individualized archive projects ranging from high-volume cataloguing to software development.

University Park Campus
Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Pkwy, DML 310
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0183
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West Semitic Research Project

The West Semitic Research Project uses advanced photographic and computer imaging techniques to document objects and texts from the ancient world. Equipment and services include: advanced photographic and imaging technologies to document texts and objects from the ancient world. Its archives, accessed electronically via its InscriptiFacts database application, include a wide variety of inscriptional materials, particularly in Northwest Semitic languages.

University Park Campus
Mark Taper Hall
328 Taper Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Flow Cytometry & Genomics

UPC Genome & Cytometry Core

The Genome & Cytometry Core is located on the UPC campus. Equipment and services include: High-throughput next-generation sequencing on the Illumina HiSeq 2500 and the Ion Torrent PGM platforms. The HiSeq 2500 system can be used in Rapid Run mode (equivalent to MySeq) or High-output mode. The Core also provides optional library construction services and use of our high-throughput Beckman Coulter Biomek® 3000 Automated Workstation as well as access to the BD Influx Flow Cytometer & Cell Sorter.

University Park Campus
Center for Electron Microscopy & Microanalysis
814 Bloom Walk, CEM209
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Glassware, Machine Shop & Equipment

Machine Shop Facilities

The College/Viterbi Machine Shop is located in the basement of Kaprielian Hall and provides machine work for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering and in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Services include: fabrication of mechanical parts desired out of most materials except glass. Equipment includes: milling machine, brand saw, drill press, and grinder. The shop also has CNC mills and lathes and can assist in sourcing out work for machinery for which it does not have processes; the shop also keeps a basic supply of metals and plastics.

University Park Campus
School of Cinematic Arts
930 W. 34th Street, SSC109
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Biophysics, Engineering & Technology

Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

The Alfred E. Mann Institute (AMI) for Biomedical Engineering was established at USC in 1998 as a non-profit organization to bridge the gap between biomedical invention and the creation of commercially successful medical products that improve and save lives. The institute helps inventors mature their creations so that they can be transformed into commercially-viable medical products.

University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1112
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Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST)

The mission of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST) is to advance fundamental experimental and theoretical knowledge in relevant areas of Engineering and Physical Science. Services include: mentoring of graduate and postdoctoral researchers, a vigorous visiting scholars program, development and teaching of novel QIST-based courses, organization of international conferences and workshops, and a regular seminar series. The Center also works in close collaboration with the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC).
University Park Campus
Seaver Science Center
920 Bloom Walk
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0481
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USC Energy Institute

The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development. Services include: coordinating the smooth transition of policies, technologies, and capital investments required to implement a successful clean energy economy. Primary research areas include: Energy Efficiency, Conventional Energy, Renewable Resources, Energy Systems & Infrastructure, Environmental Impact, and Climate Change

University Park Campus
USC Energy Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2902
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Nanobiophysics Core

The NanoBiophysics Facility provides researchers with resources to investigate the structure and interaction of biological and synthetic molecules, with emphasis on Nanoscience research. Equipment includes: a Biacore surface plasmon resonance T100; light scattering equipment, both dynamic and multiangle devices from Wyatt; a QuantaMaster 4 spectrofluorometer with near-IR capabilities and time-resolved accessory; an atomic force nanoscope IIIa; a synergy H4 hybrid multi-mode microplate reader; a CD spectrometer; a MicroMax™-007 and two R-AXIS IV++ from Rigaku, and a VP-ITC isothermal titration calorimeter.

University Park Campus
John Stauffer Science Lecture
835 Bloom Walk, SHS 163
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910
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Photonics Center

The Photonics Center analyzes devices and technologies to confine, control and route light, and contains a number of nanotechnology-oriented laboratories. Equipment includes: three types of metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems (The Compound Semiconductor Lab), extensive laser and optics resources (the Optical Communications Laboratory), and microdisk lasers (the Photonics Materials and Devices Laboratory and the Advanced Interconnect and Network Technology lab)

University Park Campus
Vivian Hall of Engineering Building
3651 Watt Way, 1st floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Proteomics & Spectroscopy

Chemistry Instrumentation Facility

Instruments at the Chemistry Instrumentation Facility are maintained and supervised by technical personnel as departmental facilities. Equipment and services include: Bruker Vertex 80 FTIR spectrometer with vacuum capability; Cary 14 UV-Visible spectrometer; Bruker EPR spectrometer; Jasco temperature-controlled digital polarimeter; Applied Biosystems MALDI mass spectrometer; Bruker APEX diffractometer with a CCD area detector for single-crystal applications; Rigaku Ultima IV powder/thin film diffractometer; Horiba XploRA Raman Microscope System with low temperature cell attachment and a Horiba NanoLog Spectrofluorometer System with both visible and near-IR detectors; as well as a wide variety of specialized laser spectroscopy equipment, surface analysis instruments, mass-selective gas chromatography, mass-selective HPLC, and scanning probe microscopes.

University Park Campus
USC Department of Chemistry
3620 McClintock Avenue, SGM 418
Los Angeles, CA 90033
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USC Center of Excellence for Molecular Characterization

The Department of Chemistry operates a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy lab for the investigation of magnetic properties of nuclei, providing information on the number and type of chemical entities in molecules. Equipment includes: NMR spectrometers, a Quantum Technologies Helium Liquifier as well as additional equipment available at their X-Ray Crystallographic facility. The Center also provides access to analytical software and computational workstations, including Varian VNMRJ for Red Hat Linux, Mestrelab MestReNova (all platforms) and Chemistry data archival services.

University Park Campus
Laird J. Stable Memorial Hall
840 Downey Way, LJS 159
Los Angeles, CA 90033
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Translational Research & Clinical Trials

Translational Imaging Center

The Translational Imaging Center (TIC) and the Light Microscopy Imaging Center bring together advanced light and fluorescence microscopy systems, providing facilities and instruments for scientists engaged in translational research. The TIC is also focused on developing new technologies for automating and providing advanced imaging technologies. Equipment includes: confocal and two-photon OPO fluorescence microscopes and state of the art image analysis software.

University Park Campus
Ray R. Irani Hall
1050 Childs Way, RRI324
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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