Congratulations to Bridge faculty member Professor Vadim Cherezov!

October 23, 2023

Vadim Cherezov has been appointed
the Ester Dornsife Chair in Biological Sciences and Professor of Chemistry.


By USC Dornsife News
October 17, 2023

Cryo-electron microscopy reveals intricate workings of key receptors, offering fresh insights into combating disease

The article “Molecular basis of anaphylatoxin binding, activation, and signaling bias at complement receptors” was published on October 17, 2023, in the scientific journal Cell

This research led by Dr. Cornelius Gati at the Bridge Institute, USC in collaboration with researchers from India,  Australia and Switzerland

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USC Trojan Family

Summer 2023

Scientific polymath Scott Fraser has a special talent for live imaging of microscopic organisms — among a multitude of skills.

(Photo/Gus Ruelas; Illustration/Brosmind)

USC Dornsife Department of Chemistry
By Em Tielman – May 22, 2023

A team of researchers in the USC Department of Chemistry have made a significant discovery which will be detailed in their article published in the June 2023 issue of Nature Chemistry. This discovery not only bears significance for the field of organic chemistry but also provides indisputable evidence that the work of graduate student researchers is crucial for delving deep into a subject so that more foundational knowledge can be uncovered.

A link to the online version can be found here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-023-01188-z.

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Announcement: Bridge Institute and QCB Member Helen Berman Elected to NAS | April 2023

May 2, 2023

Congratulations to Helen Berman,  Professor (Research) of Quantitative and Computational Biology and the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California, on her election to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)!

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USC scientists see a key role for AI and 3D modeling in drug discovery

USC News

April 26, 2023,  BY Leigh Hopper

USC’s Vsevolod “Seva” Katritch discusses how structure-based virtual screening and AI could disrupt the time-consuming, expensive process of drug discovery.

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Scientists aim to catalyze USC drug discovery using workshops and new technology

By Emily Gersema
Scientists at USC Dornsife and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience are hoping to spark drug research across the university by hosting a series of workshops starting Friday.

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SoCalBio to Honor 2022 Innovation Award Winners on December 1st Gala

DECEMBER 8, 2022

Congratulations to Scott Fraser, PhD of USC Science Initiatives on receiving the 2022 Outstanding Researcher Award!

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Discovery involving sodium could lead to safer painkillers such as fentanyl

A study by USC scientists and colleagues shows a potential new way to make the nation’s deadliest painkiller, fentanyl, safer.
By Emily Gersema

First look at a small protein’s structure could advance treatments for epilepsy and other disorders

USC Dornsife News
Findings by scientists at USC Dornsife using cryogenic electron microscopy could lead to answers for neurological disorders from anxiety to schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease to autism spectrum disorder.

USC team shows how memories are stored in the brain, with potential impact on conditions like PTSD

USC Dornsife News

By Magali Gruet – January 10, 2022

Fish that glow; a tailor-made microscope; a new way to catalog science. After six years, researchers produce the first snapshots of memory in a living animal.
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Now scientists can efficiently screen billions of chemical compounds to find effective new drug therapies

USC Dornsife News
By Darrin S. Joy – December 15, 2021

In a study in Nature, researchers led by USC Dornsife’s Vsevolod Katritch demonstrate a virtual method of sifting through “molecular puzzle pieces” to build compounds that match drug targets on proteins.

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A renewed collaboration between USC and Agilent promises new scientific advancements

USC Dornsife News

By Darrin S. Joy – 

The alliance between the university and the analytical laboratory instrument manufacturer, begun in 2018, builds on successes and expands to include new opportunities for scientific progress.


Scientists gain detailed images of how a protein that calms brain activity works

USC Dornsife News

By Darrin S. Joy – 

The findings provide a clear path to uncovering new drugs to control addiction, pain and neurological disorders such as epilepsy and muscle spasticity.

Better obesity treatments may lie ahead after discovery of key protein structure

USC News 

By Emily Gersema,  April 23, 2020

An international team of scientists, led by Raymond Stevens of USC’s Bridge Institute, is investigating a protein in the brain that will likely be the target of improved obesity therapies.

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From detecting lung cancer to spotting counterfeit money, this new imaging technology could have countless uses

USC News

By Gary Polakovic FEBRUARY 5, 2020

The newly developed method is called SEER, which USC researchers say works up to 67 times faster and provides far greater definition than current techniques.

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