USC scientists use “mini-lungs” and lung models to understand COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 (Image courtesy of NIAID)

USC scientists are testing out experimental COVID-19 treatments on human “mini-lungs” and lung models, grown in the laboratory using stem cells. With names such as organoids and lung-chips, these simplified, lung-like structures are critically useful for studying infection and for screening large numbers of drug-like molecules to identify promising leads.

To read more about these projects, including one from the Ichida Lab, visit