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Graduates of the master of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program, with faculty director Henry Sucov (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

“Science does not end with discovery,” graduates told

An excited crowd of family and friends gathered at the Galen Center on the University Park Campus May 13 to celebrate the commencement of nearly 400 PhD and master’s degree candidates from …

From left, Chukuemeka Ogudu and Kory Hamane (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Countdown to Commencement: Future Doctor Chukuemeka Ogudu—from Nigeria to America

How far would you go to provide a better life for your family or your country? Chukuemeka Ogudu or, as his friends know him, Emeka, moved to America to become a doctor. …

From left, Nelson Poliran Jr. and Charles Bramlett (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Countdown to Commencement: Nelson Poliran Jr.—failure driven success

“Focus on one goal, be open minded and be persistent.” These are wise words from Nelson Poliran Jr., a standout scientist-in-training at USC. Poliran’s academic success hasn’t always come easily, though.

From right, Nicole Koutsodendris and Ila Dwivedi (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Countdown to Commencement: Nicole Koutsodendris aims to succeed where neurological medications fail

“Anti-psychotic medications can numb you to the point where you no longer have your own thoughts,” said Nicole Koutsodendris, who is graduating from the master’s program in stem cell biology and regenerative …

The Stem Cell Day of Discovery event held at the USC Health Sciences Campus in Los Angeles, CA. February 4th, 2017. The event encourages students to learn more about STEM opportunities, including stem cell study and biotech, and helps demystify the fields and encourage student engagement. Photo by David Sprague

Five-hundred middle and high school students realized their “pluripotential” at the USC Stem Cell Day of Discovery

You can be anything you want—just like a stem cell. This was a key lesson for the 500 middle and high school students who attended the USC Stem Cell Day of Discovery …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

USC announces Feb. 4 Stem Cell Day of Discovery event

On Saturday, February 4, from 8 a.m.–2 p.m., USC will hold a half-day educational event to encourage the residents of East Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and neighboring communities …

Amgen's Bill Richards recently visited USC to provide an introduction to the company. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC and Amgen launch the dialogues that drive discovery

Without collaboration between universities and pharmaceutical companies, scientists might never have developed essential medicines ranging from the antibiotic streptomycin in the 1950s to HIV medications in the 1990s. In recognition of the …

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Biotechnology lecture series: R&D insights from lab bench to patient bedside

Sept. 1–Nov. 10, 2016 10:30 a.m.–noon BCC First Floor Seminar Room or ZNI Herklotz Seminar Room As part of Amgen’s outreach program, the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine …

Ophir Klein, professor at the University of California, San Francisco, delivered the keynote address. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Next generation of stem cell scientists detail their research from head to toe

The Stem Cell and Developmental Biology Retreat was a total body experience — covering organ systems ranging from the brain to the skeleton, from the kidney to the heart. Held on May …

Graduates from the master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program (Photo by Cort Brinkerhoff)

USC launches second graduating class from stem cell master’s program

USC’s May 14 Commencement Ceremony marked a beginning, not only for its two-year-old master’s program in the nascent field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, but also for this program’s second …

EiHS graduation (photo by Graham Clark Stecklein)

Local high school students graduate from USC’s summer stem cell program

Enthusiastic is the word to best describe the students from this year’s USC’s Early Investigator High School (EiHS) Stem Cell Research Program. Ten students graduated from the summer laboratory immersion program at …

Senta Georgia and Neil Segil (Photo by Cristy Lytal/courtesy of Neil Segil)

New USC course follows human development from stem cells to sternum

What don’t we know about human development, and what can go wrong? By focusing on these two big questions, a new 2-unit fall course will provide USC undergraduates with the opportunity to …

Gage Crump gives USC undergraduates a stem cell primer. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC undergraduates get a dose of stem cells in two new MEDS courses

Science fiction author Margaret Atwood has frequently stated that biotechnology itself is neutral. It is how people use it that is good or bad. In the new spring course MEDS 380 Stem …

Kidney (Image by Lisa Rutledge and Seth Ruffins)

Engineering undergraduates focus on building a microscope for USC’s stem cell research center

Previously, when Andy McMahon, head of USC Stem Cell, wanted a three-dimensional image of a kidney, he would ship the organ to Australia. Now, he can send the organ down the hall …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

Take a tour of USC’s stem cell research center

Video by Alric Devotta Director Andy McMahon leads a tour of the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

The Hearst Fellows will be exceptional junior postdoctoral scholars pursuing stem cell research at USC. (Photo by Chris Shinn)

The Hearst Foundations establish stem cell fellowships at USC

It takes more than materials and methods to be a successful young scientist — it also takes means. With this in mind, the Hearst Foundations have given a gift of $250,000 to …

“Tin Woman” Michaela Patterson, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Henry Sucov, studies heart regeneration — with no help from the Wizard of Oz. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Halloween retreat showcases USC’s “scary smart” stem cell researchers

It was no tricks and all treats at the seventh annual retreat for the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, held at the university’s …

"Stem cell research is important because it's cool to be a stem cell scientist!!!"

USC rolls out the cardinal carpet on Stem Cell Awareness Day

When asked why stem cell research matters, guests at this year’s Stem Cell Awareness Day gave many creative answers. “Because it has unlimited potential to treat human diseases.” “Because every part of …

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New stem cell course brings together science and fiction

Video by Alric Devotta USC will be offering a new two-unit class next spring, MEDS 380 Stem Cells: Fact and Fiction, which will explore contemporary topics in stem cell biology and innovative …

Inaugural class of students in USC's master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC welcomes its inaugural class of stem cell master’s students

USC welcomed its inaugural class of master’s students in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. To celebrate the launch …