Keck Foundation Grant Funds Open Lab

With an $800,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a leading supporter of high-impact medical research, science, and engineering, USC is creating an open laboratory in its NanoCenter to develop new technologies in tissue engineering, sensing, drug delivery, vaccine manufacturing, and other biomedical applications.

The W.M. Keck Open Laboratory for Bionanoparticle Technology Discovery and Development is a partnership between USC and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. Two faculty members in USC's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Qian Wang and Cathy Murphy, have teamed with Scripps chemistry professor M.G. Finn to pursue this cutting-edge research.

Meanwhile, development of the 1,500-square-foot bionanoparticle laboratory has begun in the USC NanoCenter in Sumwalt College. The facility will include separate rooms for ultracentrifuges, incubators, liquid chromatography systems, and other specialized equipment such as a state-of-the-art ICP-OES, DSC, and NIR fluoriphotometers.

The W.M. Keck Open Laboratory will provide exciting educational opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Some will be trained to use the lab's high-tech instruments, and many more will be exposed to the possibilities of bionanoparticle research.