USC’s Michelson Hall, new center for convergent bioscience, makes its debut

In the near future, USC researchers might be talking about medical breakthroughs made while chatting with engineers in line for an espresso at Michelson Hall — noting the ideas on a nearby touchscreen and saving their thoughts to the cloud.

Michelson Hall debuted Wednesday at USC’s University Park Campus. It will be the home of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, bringing great minds from disciplines all over the campus — from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine of USC — under one roof to solve the world’s most pressing health problems.

“This is a team united in the search of cures, with expertise in chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, engineering, physics and sciences,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said at the  opening ceremony. “It’s a daring partnership in biotech.”

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