About Our Research Programs
The Department of Urology’s dedication to research has earned top tier funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The multidisciplinary, comprehensive department includes a number of internationally recognized, well-established clinical investigators.
The department includes four full-time Ph.D. basic scientists and four medical oncologists who have active laboratory programs focused on various aspects of urologic oncology. Each has a dedicated fully-equipped laboratory with technical staff support. The laboratories are located in either the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center or the adjacent Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower.
In addition to individual laboratory equipment, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has 12 laboratory cores with technical staff and equipment available to cancer center laboratories. These include DNA sequencing, genomics, microarrays, cell culture, cell and tissue imaging, small animal imaging, pharmacoanalytical core, transgenic mouse modeling, translational pathology, biostatistics and informatics.
The USC Institute of Urology’s basic science and clinical research programs are actively pursuing a wide rang of investigations to include primary research in stem cell development, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and health systems innovation.
The article, Robotic Level III Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombectomy: The Initial Series, published by the Journal of Urology details a pioneering robotic surgical procedure developed at the USC Institute of Urology for treatment of Level III IVC tumor thrombectomy for renal cancer, which is one of the most challenging open urologic oncologic surgeries.