Michelson Hall, which houses the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, is one of just a few facilities in the world dedicated to the convergence of research in engineering, physical and life sciences.
By focusing on the small scale—cellular, molecular and quantum—of engineering and the natural sciences, researchers here are collaborating to speed the development of new drugs, critical diagnostics and biomedical devices from bench to bedside.
Designed to provoke creative collisions and interdisciplinary interaction, the facility includes flexible wet labs, research centers, a fabrication lab, a cleanroom, offices, conference rooms, and shared collaborative space.
Wrapped within the building’s 250,000-plus brick facade is a contemporary space that resembles a Silicon Valley work environment. An open “living room” space has a collection of seating options, huddle and meeting rooms, as well as a 22-ft.-long community table where people can talk and share ideas. Interior glass walls encourage transparency, curiosity and connection among all faculty and researchers.