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USC alumna Amanda Kwieraga makes paintings from acrylic, wood and stem cell science

“Anyone who views something under a microscope or through a telescope will tell you that science is art, and that art is the perfect way to convey science,” said Amanda Kwieraga, an alumna of USC’s master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program. Using acrylic and ink on wood panels, Kwieraga is …

The faculty job search just got easier, thanks to two USC Stem Cell postdocs

“I think we’re all here for the same reason,” said Michaela Patterson, a postdoc in the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. “We’re considering applying for faculty jobs, and we’re at a loss for where to start.” To prepare themselves for the rigors of the application process, …

East LA biotech park could create “explosion of employment”

The competition for biotech investment is escalating, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias wants to make sure Los Angeles emerges a winner. “Los Angeles finds itself falling behind in the race for the future of this increasingly important industry,” Nikias said at an event that brought together community, business and university leaders. The USC …

“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 the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Among them were the graduates from the master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative …

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. He pursued his master’s degree in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at USC with the goals of financially providing for his family …

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.

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 medicine program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Her strong opinions about the current state of medicine are not unfounded. When …

Artist plus researcher equals infinite inspiration at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

What happens when you pair 14 artists with 14 USC biomedical researchers? The answer is currently on display at the Hoyt Gallery on the Health Sciences Campus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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 on Saturday, February 4, on the Health Sciences Campus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The Broad Foundation gives a tenth birthday gift to the USC, UCLA and UCSF stem cell centers

Last Friday, scientists from USC, UCLA and UCSF gathered at a symposium to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their three stem cell research centers, established with support from Eli and Edythe Broad and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). As the guests of honor, the Broads marked the milestone by surprising the centers with …

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 in the San Gabriel Valley) to prepare for the opportunities related to STEM disciplines.

Community biotech summit opens new world for eager youths

Shelsy Aragon was nervous. The 14-year-old was standing in front of hundreds of people in a packed room at East Los Angeles College, a microphone hot in her hand. She had a question for former NASA astronaut Carlos Noriega and OBGYN Diana Ramos: how, as a female and a Latina, could she avoid stereotyping as she pursues …

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 ever increasing importance of these academia-industry partnerships, USC and Amgen are jointly offering two new opportunities: a 10-week biotechnology lecture series for students …

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 and Stem Cell Research at USC is pleased to host an exciting 10-week workshop organized and taught by Amgen scientists.

Los Angeles wins bid to host international stem cell conference

In recognition of its growing stature as an incubator for the biosciences, Los Angeles will be the host city for the 2019 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Conference. With the generous support of the Choi Family, USC Stem Cell will co-host the conference, and the city-owned Los Angeles Convention Center will serve as …

The Choi Family’s gift inspires USC Stem Cell scientists to “Return to the Beginning”

Twenty-five years ago, philanthropists Kin-Chung and Amy Choi marked the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary by purchasing the sculpture “Return to the Beginning,” by renowned Taiwanese artist Yuyu Yang. Now in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, they have donated the sculpture to grace the lobby of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for …

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 20 in USC’s Galen Center, the retreat showcased presentations and research posters by dozens of postdoctoral scholars and PhD students.

Special gift to establish patient-centered care program

A generous gift from the Chois, who are ambassadors for Stem Cell Research, will establish an endowment and fund new programs in perpetuity that are designed to strengthen patient-centered care and support continued education and excellence throughout Keck Medicine of USC.

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 graduating class. The 35 graduates of the master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program are on the verge of …

USC Stem Cell scientists enter the conversation about CRISPR

CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene-editing technique that enables scientists to disable, replace or modify sections of DNA. It allows for unprecedented precision and speed in the field of genome editing. It has been used to create micropigs to be sold as pets and to try to eradicate HIV infection in humans. The scientific community is concerned about altering human embryos to …

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