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“We will perform hundreds of simulations to identify how the overall growth of the tumor can be halted”

In the fall of 2017, a $50 million gift from renowned spinal surgeon Gary Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, created the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. The goal was to bring together some of the brightest minds from a variety of different disciplines, give them a 190,000 square foot high-tech space for research, and let them work on the most urgent issues related to health and the biological sciences. A little over a year later, Michelson Center researchers are already making waves.

This spring, Dr. Stacey Finley from the Viterbi School of Engineering and Dr. Shannon Mumenthaler from the Keck School of Medicine will break ground on colorectal cancer research supported by a $3.1 million grant. Click below to read all about how Dr. Finley and Dr. Mumenthaler are using cutting edge techniques in computational biology to fight back against one of the world’s deadliest cancers.

National Cancer Institute Award to Support Research on Colorectal Cancer at USC

Michael Cox

Michael was born and raised in a small island town off the coast of Seattle. He went to USC, but he’s still a Pacfic Northwesterner at heart—he loves hiking, reading, and watching the Seattle sports teams disappoint him. At Viterbi, Michael counsels high school and transfer students in the application process.

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