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 for Biomedical Engineering

AMI-USC was founded in 1998 with the mission of accelerating the commercialization of biomedical technology invented at USC. For development of its biomedical technology, AMI-USC partners with researchers throughout the university.


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.

Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute

The USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (USC ATRI) is dedicated to the development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease through innovative, collaborative, multicenter clinical trials.

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.

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

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 Economic and Social Research

Dedicated to discovering how people around the globe live, think, interact, age, invest, and make important, life-changing decisions. Our in-depth research and analysis are deepening the understanding of human behavior in a wide range of economic and social contexts.

Center for Elder Mistreatment

The USC Center on Elder Mistreatment will bring together the existing and wide-ranging elder mistreatment expertise at USC—in medicine, gerontology, health services, psychology, and policy—as well as encourage new partnerships in biology, genetics, biodemography, economics, law, neuroscience, allied health, biostatistics, and social work.

Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Threats and Emergencies

CREATE, the first university center of excellence funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, evaluates the risks, costs and consequences of threats to human livelihood through assessment of strategies to mitigate risks and respond to emergencies.

Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC

The mission of USC's stem cell research center is to discover the cellular mechanisms that establish and renew the body's organ systems and to apply these discoveries to treating disease. We build and share an understanding of stem cells and regenerative medicine through research, collaboration and education.

Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

Combines interdisciplinary research with the prevention and treatment of cancer. Research focuses on the application of proteomics and genomics, mathematical modeling, integrating clinical trials, pre-clinical studies and molecularly targeted therapy, which focuses on molecular and cellular changes specific to cancer.

Information Sciences Institute

ISI is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies. It is one of the nation’s largest, most successful university-affiliated computer research institutes. The Institute attracts nearly $60 million annually for basic and applied research from federal agencies and the private sector.

Institute for Creative Technologies

ICT is a DoD-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center that brings film and game industry artists together with computer and social scientists to study and develop immersive media for military training, health therapies and education, as well as explore how people engage with computers through virtual characters, video games and simulated scenarios.

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.

Integrated Media Systems Center

IMSC is an informatics research center that delivers data-driven solutions for real-world applications. We find enhanced solutions to fundamental Data Science problems and apply these advances to achieve major societal impact.

Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

The Schaeffer Center, established in 2009 through a generous gift from Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer reflects their lifelong commitment to solving healthcare issues and transforming the healthcare system through significant contributions to policy and health improvement.

METRANS Transportation Center

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

Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Discovering new frontiers in medicine and health. Interdisciplinary teams will work together to better understand health and to develop new life-saving devices and therapeutics

Ming Hsieh Institute for Engineering Medicine for Cancer

The Ming Hsieh Institute at USC is the integration of engineering, scientific and medical research that together generates novel thinking, speeds discovery and creates new pathways by which research can be translated into real improvements in human health.

Neurodegenerative Disease

USC scientists contribute to better understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and stroke through interdisciplinary research

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.

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.

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 is a multifaceted resource for clinical and community-partnered translational research, which supports researchers who face special challenges above and beyond traditional research hurdles.

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.

USC Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics

USC Ginsburg IBT’s vision is to transform bioengineered neural interfaces into treatments for patients for whom there is currently no foreseeable cure.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, our mission is to further our basic understanding of debilitating neurosensory disorders, ultimately leading to the development of novel diagnostic and treatment options.

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.