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Eun Ji Chung (Photo by Michelle Henry)

Eun Ji Chung awarded NIH New Innovator Award

Eun Ji Chung, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has received the NIH New Innovator Award. Announced today by the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, Chung’s proposal was one of …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

USC Stem Cell scientist Andy McMahon and collaborators tune into the organ concert

Every minute of every day, your organs are using a complex language to communicate with each other about the basic physiological processes necessary for life—everything from blood pressure regulation to pH balance …

Developing retina (Image by Cobrinik Lab)

CHLA team identifies developmental stage for eye tumor in children

Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have been able to pinpoint the exact stage of development of the human retina, when cells can grow out of control and form cancer-like masses. The …

Human gametes (Image by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann)

All about egg freezing: A Q&A with Dr. Richard J. Paulson, USC Fertility

If you’re not going to complete your family by age 35, it’s time to freeze your eggs, according to Dr. Richard J. Paulson, director of USC Fertility. Egg freezing offers a shot …

D'Juan Farmer (Photo by Sergio Bianco)

USC Stem Cell scientist D’Juan Famer named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellow

A little over a year after arriving at USC, D’Juan Farmer has been awarded one of the most prestigious fellowships available to postdoctoral fellows. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna H. …

Note to self (Photo by Sergio Bianco)

At the retreat for USC’s stem cell department, the students become the masters

Students and trainees took center stage at the annual retreat for USC’s Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. They presented their latest research to the 180 stem cell scientists who …

Mouse joint cartilage (Image by Ben Van Handel)

A joint effort to understand cartilage development

Anyone with arthritis can appreciate how useful it would be if scientists could grow cartilage in the lab. To this end, Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists in the USC Stem …

Justin Ichida (Photo by Chris Shinn)

The USC scientist who aims to beat ALS, and the patients cheering him on

Justin Ichida regularly gets emails from strangers asking an urgent question: Will your research on ALS be done in time to save my life? “I don’t really know them, but they tell …

Malcolm Snead (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

From teeth the spines, growing bone in new ways

Bone is crucial. After blood, it’s the most frequently transplanted tissue, with 1.6 to 2 million bone transplants performed in the United States each year.

Laura Mosqueda (Photo by Steve Cohn)

Dean’s installation speech calls for hard work, redemption

An air of renewal charged the proceedings as Laura Mosqueda, MD, was formally installed as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC before a standing-room only audience. The ceremony took …

Laura Mosqueda (Photo by Ricardo Carrasco III)

Keck School’s dean aims for return to guiding principles of medicine

Laura Mosqueda, MD, wants the Keck School of Medicine of USC to get back to basics. As the medical school’s new dean, she is emphatically calling on physicians, researchers, staff members and …

Nanoparticles move past the glomerular filtration barrier of the kidney to target diseased cells. (Image by Yekaterina (Katya) Kadyshevskaya from the USC Bridge Institute)

This tiny particle might change millions of lives

Remember the scene in the movie Mission: Impossible when Tom Cruise has to sneak into the vault? He had to do all sorts of moves to avoid detection. That’s what it’s like …

From left, Neil Segil and Qi-Long Ying (Photos by Chris Shinn)

USC Stem Cell scientists Neil Segil and Qi-Long Ying awarded NIH grants

Two USC Stem Cell scientists have received new research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

USC's stem cell research center

Request for Proposals: Eli and Edythe Broad Fellowship Award 2019–2020

A recent gift from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Society of Fellows at USC. An annual fellowship award of $80,000 that includes one year of …

Michael Bonaguidi (Photo by Chris Shinn)

The Baxter Foundation awards grants to USC researchers Michael Bonaguidi and Sanda Win

From the brain to the bile, the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation is supporting innovative medical research by granting $100,000 awards to two assistant professors: Michael Bonaguidi in the Department …

Technology akin to GPS apps could enable patients to map out their disease treatment and response. (Image composite by Matthew Savino)

USC Dornsife cancer scientist aims to create a mapping tool for cancer treatment

Peter Kuhn is setting out to build a Waze app for cancer. Kuhn, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife, has initiated two new research projects on two types of cancer …

Hundreds of Keck School faculty, staff and students attended two Dean’s Town Halls, held June 26 and 29. (Photo by Ricardo Carrasco III)

Mosqueda addresses Keck School community in town halls

Hundreds of Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty, staff and students heard about the medical school’s status and vision from the new dean recently.

Justin Ichida (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

AcuraStem, USC and Icagen to collaborate on fast track SBIR grant for the development of a novel small molecule therapy to treat ALS

AcuraStem, an early stage biotech company located in Los Angeles, and Justin Ichida at USC have been awarded a $3.7 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) FastTrack grant by the National Institute …

Skeletal staining of the lower face of a zebrafish, with cartilage in blue, and bones and teeth in red. (Image by Pengfei Xu/Crump Lab)

A Fox code for the face

In the developing face, how do stem cells know whether to become cartilage, bones or teeth? To begin to answer this question, scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump …

Pat Levitt (Photo courtesy of CHLA)

Common psychiatric disorders share an overlapping genetic risk

Investigators found that many common psychiatric disorders are deeply connected on a genetic level, sharing specific genetic risk factors, underscoring the need to recognize shared dimensions of brain dysfunction, and develop new …