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Ellis Meng and Mike Waterman elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Ellis Meng, a professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering, who holds the Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and University Professor, Michael Waterman, who holds the USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences, and is Professor of Biological Sciences and Mathematics in the Dornsife College of Letters, …

Countdown to Commencement: Ciara Mimms directs aircraft and redirects cells

“November-Two-Five, you’re clear for takeoff. Clear for takeoff, November-Two-Five. Good day!” From directing jets in the sky in the United States Air Force Reserve to delving into stem cell biology, Ciara Mimms, who is graduating with her master’s degree in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine from USC in December, describes her life as “coming …

USC researchers converge at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Symposium

“The field of stem cell biology is one of our great convergence opportunities,” said USC Provost Michael Quick, addressing an audience of biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, clinicians and many others. This diverse group came together for the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Symposium, hosted by USC Stem Cell and the USC Medicine, Engineering, Science and Humanities (MESH) …

TIME names Valter Longo one of the 50 Most Influential People in Health Care of 2018

USC Leonard Davis School Professor Valter Longo, director of the USC Longevity Institute and USC Stem Cell principal investigator, has been named one of TIME’s the 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for his research on fasting-mimicking diets as a way to improve health and prevent disease. To read more, visit time.com/collection/health-care-50/5425015/valter-longo.

USC Stem Cell and BCRegMed Virtual Symposium brings Canada to California

It didn’t require plane tickets to bring together scientists from USC Stem Cell in Los Angeles and BCRegMed in Vancouver. During October’s Virtual Symposium, videoconferencing technology enabled these scientists to share ideas as if they were sitting in the same conference room—even though they were more than 1,200 miles apart.

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 58 New Innovator proposals, also known as a DP2, selected nationwide and is only one of four USC projects that the NIH New …

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 to metabolism. To decipher this little-known language, USC Stem Cell scientist Andy McMahon has joined forces with top scientists at Harvard and Stanford …

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 at pausing the biological clock for patients who wish to preserve their fertility into their late forties. Even though eggs can be frozen …

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 gathered at the event, held at the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, California this September.

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 place Aug. 23 on the Health Sciences Campus.

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 students to re-embrace the values and purpose in research, education and delivery of health and health care.

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 to sneak a targeted drug into a kidney and keep it from getting eliminated from the body.

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.

From perfectly punctual to fashionably late, it takes all kinds to build a kidney

Running early or running late can have big consequences—especially when it comes to the progenitor cells involved in human kidney development. According to a new study in Developmental Cell from the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Andy McMahon, the progenitor cells that form the kidney’s filtering units, called nephrons, mature into entirely different types of …

Synthetic “tissues” build themselves

How do complex biological structures—an eye, a hand, a brain—emerge from a single fertilized egg? This is the fundamental question of developmental biology, and a mystery still being grappled with by scientists who hope to one day apply the same principles to heal damaged tissues or regrow ailing organs. Now, in a study published May 31 …

Call for applications: T32 Training Fellowships in Developmental Biology, Stem Cells, and Regeneration

All USC PhD students who are conducting research related to developmental biology, stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine are encouraged to apply for a training fellowship. We have several slots available for both U.S. citizens and international students, and funding will be for one year, with a second year dependent on participation in program activities …

Commencement 2018: PhD, master’s graduates encouraged to embrace emotions

For a room full of scientists and future clinicians, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang’s advice seemed slightly counterintuitive. But the speaker for the 13th Keck School of Medicine of USC commencement ceremony for PhD, Master of Science and Master of Public Health encouraged the more than 300 graduates to embrace their emotions throughout their careers.

Commencement 2018: More than 17,000 receive degrees at main ceremony

When Siddhartha Mukherjee took the stage at the USC 2018 commencement this morning, he shared a tip with a new generation of Trojans. “I wish someone had told me at my own commencement that the one and only requirement of graduation was not that I finish these many credits, or pull those many all-nighters, or …

USC’s Kella Vangsness paints stem cells as superheroes

With captions by Kella Vangsness “As an artist and scientist, I cannot help but imagine stem cells as ‘superheroes’ fighting against ‘villains’ of disease,” said Kella Vangsness, who is graduating from USC with a master’s degree in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Countdown to Commencement: Malcolm Gebauer pushes the envelope of medicine

Malcolm Gebauer was only five years old when his father was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a deadly form of blood cancer. “My father was given a verdict of six months before he was selected to participate in a clinical trial for an experimental drug. He’s lived 19 years since,” said Gebauer, a 24-year-old budding …

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