Research Facilities at a Glance


Buildings Used Primarily for Research


Square Feet of Research Space


Libraries and Information Centers


Electron microscopes in the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience


Cryo-Electron Microscopes — Among the Most Powerful in the World

Core Bioscience Facilities

    USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

    From cancer to neurological disease, the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience connects a diverse network of scientists and engineers from USC Dornsife, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and the USC Keck School of Medicine to solve some of the most challenging human health issues.

    With its focus on collaboration across scientific fields, it brings some of the most innovative researchers in the world together under one roof. Michelson Hall, the largest research building on campus, houses numerous cutting-edge research facilities to cultivate new methods for problem solving and a dynamic exchange of ideas.

    Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging

    The Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging (CNI) enables scientists to observe and manipulate matter at the nanoscale — the scale of atoms and molecules. With highly sensitive instrumentation, including electron microscopes and X-ray tools, CNI offers unparalleled opportunities to explore and visualize the building blocks of life.

    Dynamic Imaging Science Center

    With access to a high-performance 0.55 Tesla whole-body MRI scanner and a range of physiological monitoring systems, investigators at the Dynamic Imaging Science Center advance our understanding the intricacies of human movement.

    Translational Imaging Center

    The Translational Imaging Center (TIC) develops new technologies for imaging biological structures and functions. As a research center and user facility, TIC researchers leverage intravital imaging that provides live views of living tissue. This technology allows for deeper understanding of complex processes like embryo development, learning and behavior at the neuron level, and various diseases such as cardiovascular defects and Alzheimer’s.

    John O’Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory

    New nanofabricated materials have the potential to create everything from targeted drug delivery systems to more efficient solar cells. Equipped with advanced tools for lithography, characterization, imaging, and device integration, as well as systems for growing and depositing materials, researchers at the John O’Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory turn novel materials into game-changing, nano-scale devices.

    Center for Peptide and Protein Engineering

    Fundamental molecular structures necessary for various biological processes, peptide and proteins are essential areas of study for various medical sciences. The USC Center for Peptide and Protein Engineering works to revolutionize the field of biological recognition, diagnostics, and therapies by generating new peptide and protein tools.

    exterior shot of michelson center at dusk
    exterior shot of michelson center at dusk
    exterior shot of michelson center at dusk
    exterior shot of michelson center at dusk
    exterior shot of michelson center at dusk
    exterior shot of michelson center at dusk
    drone shot of Catalina island with research center shown in bottom right

    A “Branch Campus” on Catalina Island

    Twenty-two miles off the L.A. coast, the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center enables researchers and students to investigate the relationships between people and planet. Set amid the wonders of nature, numerous laboratories, robust diving facilities, housing and classrooms power exploration across a variety of ecosystems.

    USC Wrigley Laboratories

    The USC Wrigley research facility serves as a remarkable “living lab” that includes Catalina Island, its surrounding marine reserves, and the San Pedro Channel. Research is conducted in wet and dry labs, a greenhouse, a blue house, and at dive facilities.

    George and MaryLou Boone Center

    Comprising six small houses and a central house with a large meeting room, the Boone Center can accommodate up to 50 people for a variety of academic gatherings.

    Hyperbaric Chamber

    The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber provides emergency medical treatment for diving accidents, as well as training for scientific divers and hyperbaric medicine specialists. Adjacent to a helipad, it works in collaboration with the L.A. County Medical Alert Center.

    A World for Discovery

    With partnerships at specialized research centers and prominent cultural institutions around the world, the USC Dornsife research community makes discoveries far beyond the walls of campus.

    All Aboard the Miss Christi

    Every weekday USC’s passenger vessel Miss Christi provides transportation to the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island from the port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif.

    Miss Christi Boat on beach

    One of a Kind Collections

    ONE Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. The collections are national in scope with a special focus on LGBTQ histories in the Los Angeles region.

    interior shot of huntington library collections

    View from the Top

    USC Dornsife researchers have the opportunity to make use of the historic telescopes at Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, Calif.

    Mount Wilson Observatory with mountain range in the background and clouds