University of Southern California


Life Sciences

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AirPollBrain Group

The AirPollBrain (APB) Group aims to promote the optimal neurodevelopment in humans and healthy brain aging by better understanding environmental effects of urban air pollution and gene-environment interactions. The APB group developed from a core of USC’s leadership in urban environmental health research in the Los Angeles Basin, with collaborating institutions.

Cell and Molecular Imaging Users Group

We are part of the Molecular & Computational Biology Section in the Dept of Biological Sciences. Our research examines the links between DNA replication, cell cycle, and chromosome dynamics in a model genetic system: the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Our work uses a combination of classical genetics and state of the art imaging methods to expore mechanisms of genome stablity.

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)

The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is a $47.6M National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center started in 2010 with the mission 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 Global Aging

The world is aging rapidly. This trend will continue for decades before the population stabilizes with an older average age. The demographic structure of the world and individual countries can be relatively well-estimated; however, how countries, families, and individuals will adapt to an older world is less well-known.

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence (FPCE), based at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, is dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. It offers research, training, and technical assistance opportunities for professionals who wish to respond to the increasing demand for home modification services and address fall prevention in the home environment.

Longevity Institute

Because of the unique tradition of aging research, the broad longevity-related research, and the quality of the faculty, departments and schools involved at USC, the Longevity Institute represents one of the leading institutes for translational research on aging and age-related diseases.

Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center

The USC Wrigley Institute maintains a state-of-the-art research center and teaching facility on Catalina Island, 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles, that’s available for use by USC faculty and students, researchers from other universities, conference organizers and a wide range of educational groups.

The USC Center for Peptide and Protein Engineering (CPPE)

The CPPE aims to advance research at USC by creating functional peptides and proteins as imaging agents, diagnostics and therapies. The center is led by Prof. Rich Roberts (VSoE, DCLAS) and Prof. Terry Takahashi (DCLAS) and funding and support from VSoE will directly promote bioengineering research, federal grant applications, and fundraising.

USC Sea Grant Program

USC Sea Grant contributes to solving the problems of the Urban Ocean, while recognizing the opportunities for coastal commerce, recreation, and improving the quality of life in coastal regions such as Southern California. USC Sea Grant solicits and funds relevant, innovative research to help find solutions for pressing coastal management problems that demand science to help resolve issues of the greatest ecological and social importance.