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From left, Edward Crandall, chair of the Department of Medicine, presents a UKRO award to Andy McMahon, chair of the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. (Photo courtesy of HSC Communications office)

Four honored at UKRO benefit gala

University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO) honored USC academic and scientific leaders at its sixth gala dinner March 18 at The Beverly Hilton, with 300 attendees. This group of vocal champions of kidney …

Embryonic day 15.5 mouse kidney next to a 15.5 week human fetal kidney with SIX2 (cyan) marking the nephron progenitors and cytokeratin (red) highlighting the collecting duct system. Nuclei are in blue. (Image by Lori O'Brien)

USC researchers discover a key difference between mouse and human kidney stem cells

The best laid plans of mice and men are a bit different — at least when it comes to kidney development. Compared to a mouse, a human has nearly 100 times more nephrons, …

Tracy C. Grikscheit (Photo courtesy of Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

Stem cell researcher Tracy Grikscheit awarded $7.1 million by CIRM

Tracy C. Grikscheit, a principal investigator with USC Stem Cell and The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has received a $7.1 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative …

From left, Hsiang-Ying (Sherry) Lee, Sergei Doulatov, Leonardo Morsut, Alexander Pollen and Joan Font-Burgada (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell mini-symposium introduces next-generation researchers

The next generation of scientists is turning to stem cells to advance our understanding of systems ranging from the blood to the brain, from the liver to the lungs. Six of these …

Qi-Long Ying (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Scientists Qi-Long Ying and Austin Smith win the 2016 McEwen Award for Innovation

Video by Henry Liu Researchers Qi-Long Ying from USC and Austin Smith from the University of Cambridge have won the 2016 McEwen Award for Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the International …

Ismael Fernández-Hernández (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Ismael Fernández-Hernández receives USC-CONACYT Provost Fellowship

We can learn a lot from fly brains, according to Ismael Fernández-Hernández, a postdoctoral fellow in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Michael Bonaguidi. Fernández-Hernández is an accomplished researcher who showed that …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

UKRO benefit dinner to honor USC leaders

University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO) will honor a stellar group of USC academic and scientific leaders at its sixth gala dinner on March 18 at The Beverly Hilton. This group of vocal …

Broad Fellow Gabriel R. Linares (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC stem cell researcher Gabriel R. Linares receives Broad Fellowship

For this year’s Broad Fellow, Gabriel R. Linares, science is personal. “I have to say the turning point that spiked my interest in science was when I was in high school, and …

Human mesenchymal development (Image courtesy of Evseenko Lab)

Request for Proposals: Broad Clinical Research Fellows 2016–2017

A recent gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Clinical Research Fellows at USC. There are up to four available positions to support clinical research …

Motor neurons derived from an ALS patient (Image courtesy of the Ichida Lab)

USC announces winners of the Audrey E. Streedain Regenerative Medicine Initiative Awards

Two collaborative teams within USC Stem Cell are developing new approaches that could eventually help patients with heart disease, frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The teams are the winners of …

Mark Humayun (Photo by Gus Ruelas)

USC’s Mark Humayun to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

President Barack Obama will bestow the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to USC University Professor Mark Humayun at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on January 22. Humayun, who holds joint appointments …

Chemotherapy kills most cancer cells, but cancer stem cell survive and seed a new tumor that resists chemotherapy.

Scientists root out the “bad seeds” of liver cancer

Researchers have found the “bad seeds” of liver cancer and believe they could one day reprogram them to remain responsive to cancer treatment, according to a new study in the January 12 …

The joint cells are the ones that are not outlined in black. (Image by Amjad Askary and Lindsey Mork/Crump Lab)

Iroquois genes make cartilage cells act “oh so immature”

Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the U.S., involves the loss of a special type of cartilage cell lining the joints. In a study appearing on the cover of the latest …

Paula Cannon (Photo by Don Milici)

USC and Sangamo researchers advance genome editing of blood stem cells

Genome editing techniques for blood stem cells just got better, thanks to a team of researchers at USC and Sangamo BioSciences. In an upcoming study in Nature Biotechnology, co-first authors Colin M. …

The gene Prkci promotes the generation of differentiated cells (red). However if Prkci activity is reduced or absent, neural stem cells (green) are promoted. (Image by In Kyoung Mah)

A Prkci gene keeps stem cells in check

When it comes to stem cells, too much of a good thing isn’t wonderful: producing too many new stem cells may lead to cancer; producing too few inhibits the repair and maintenance …

Richard N. Merkin (Photo courtesy of Richard N. Merkin)

Q&A: USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin

USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin is the founder of the Heritage Provider Network, which, under his leadership, became the largest physician-owned and operated integrated delivery system in the United States. He …

Yang Chai (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

Ostrow awarded NIDCR grant to establish tissue regeneration center

Tissue regeneration is about to become more fact than fiction, thanks to a $2 million grant that’s being divided among 10 research centers and universities, including the Ostrow School of Dentistry of …

Arthur Toga of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and USC Stem Cell’s Andrew McMahon check an agenda with Raymond Stevens of the Bridge Institute at USC Dornsife. (Photo by Steve Cohn)

At Keck-Dornsife retreat, scientists share research

Seeking to strengthen partnerships between two of USC’s oldest schools, scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences recently gathered to discuss …

Min Yu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu receives the NIH’s New Innovator Award

As a winner of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, USC Stem Cell principal investigator Min Yu will strive to develop individualized medicine targeting rare and deadly breast cancer stem cells. The …

Heinz-Josef Lenz (Photo courtesy of Heinz-Josef Lenz)

Heinz-Josef Lenz is first recipient of endowed chair honoring J. Terrence Lanni

The ceremony installing the J. Terrence Lanni Chair in Cancer Research was one of heartfelt tributes for two men, a doctor and a patient, who formed a tight bond over the years …