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Rong Lu and Min Yu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Min Yu and Rong Lu explore how one bad cell spoils the bunch

Principal investigators Min Yu, MD, PhD, and Rong Lu, PhD, had plans to collaborate long before they were both recruited to the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the …

Multi-well plate (Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health)

Competition for four free small molecule screens at The Choi Family Therapeutic Screening Facility

To encourage translational research at USC, we are pleased to announce a call for proposals for screening a 3,000 compound library at The Choi Family Therapeutic Screening Facility within the Eli and …

Andy McMahon, PhD, FRS (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Stem cells prove their potency at CHLA annual symposium

The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Annual Symposium, held on Feb. 21, focused on the promise of regenerative medicine and cellular therapies — from curing HIV to building organs …

Embryonic stem cells (Image/courtesy of Qi-Long Ying)

Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Workshop

The USC Stem Cell Core will be hosting an introductory three-day course in pluripotent stem cell techniques aimed at researchers who are interested in performing research with human embryonic stem cells (hESC). …

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Seeking applications for CIRM Training Grant Clinical Fellow

MD applicants at the residency, immediate post-residency or clinical fellowship level are invited to apply for up to two year participation in a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) training program at …

A look inside the ear of a mouse, with the middle ear ossicles off-centered (Image by Camilla Teng)

Winner of the January 2014 USC Stem Cell Image of the Month Contest

Dr. Andy McMahon and the judges of the USC Stem Cell Image of the Month contest would like to congratulate our January 2014 winner, Camilla Teng, a graduate student in Dr. Rob …

The inferior alveolar nerve provides a niche for stem cells that maintain incisor homeostasis. When the nerve is severed, homeostasis is disrupted and within one month the affected incisor becomes chalky and breaks. (Photos/courtesy of Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology)

Dental study provides wealth of stem cell details

An Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC study has uncovered new details on how bundles of nerves and arteries interact with stem cells and also showcases revolutionary techniques for following the cells …

SJ Gao (Photo courtesy of USC)

Viral molecules responsible for causing AIDS-related cancer

Using a rat stem cell model, USC researcher S. J. Gao, PhD and colleagues have identified a critical cancer-causing component in the virus that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, the most common cancer among …

Valter Longo (Photo by Dietmar Quistorf)

Valter Longo seeks a recipe for longevity

Video by the USC Davis School of Gerontology Valter Longo, PhD, principal investigator with USC Stem Cell, is out to prove that gerontology is a young man’s game — just like rock …

USC scientist Krzysztof Kobielak, MD, PhD, and postdoctoral fellow Eve Kandyba, PhD (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Stem cells offer clues to reversing receding hairlines

Regenerative medicine may offer ways to banish baldness that don’t involve toupees. The lab of USC scientist Krzysztof Kobielak, MD, PhD has published a trio of papers in the journals Stem Cells …

Research on age-related macular degeneration conducted by Mark Humayun, left, and David Hinton has been funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Clinical trial to study loss of vision

Keck Medicine of USC research to slow vision loss for macular degeneration patients has been funded as part of the third round of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s (CIRM) Disease Team …

A series of mouse skulls (Image by Hu Zhao)

Winner of the December 2013 USC Stem Cell Image of the Month Contest

Dr. Andy McMahon and the judges of the USC Stem Cell Image of the Month contest would like to congratulate our December 2013 winner, Dr. Hu Zhao, DDS, PhD, a research associate …

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Robert Maxson and five other USC professors named fellows of AAAS

Robert Maxson Jr., an executive committee member of USC Stem Cell, is one of six USC scientists to be elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

From left to right: Marvin Nelson, MD, MBA, Rex Moats, PhD, Brent Polk, MD, Elizabeth Garrett, JD, Scott Fraser, PhD, Carmen Puliafito, MD, MBA (Photo courtesy of Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles launch imaging lab for translational research

With the launch of the Translational Biomedical Imaging Lab (TBIL), investigators at the University of Southern California (USC) and The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles moved us closer to a …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

Hedgehog’s long snout finds a cure

In 1993, the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) funded three researchers through one of the program’s prestigious Research Grants to work jointly on patterning of the mid-hindbrain region of the vertebrate embryo. …

Mark Humayun, who is holding the Argus II artificial retina implant, plans to emphasize clinical, research and educational missions as director of the USC Eye Institute. (Photo by Jon Nalick)

Humayun named first director of USC Eye Institute

University Professor Mark Humayun, internationally known for his work on the Argus II artificial retina implant intended to restore sight to the blind, has been named the inaugural director of the USC …

Kidney (Image by Sanjeev Kumar)

Winner of the October 2013 USC Stem Cell Image of the Month Contest

Dr. Andrew McMahon, Dr. Seth Ruffins and the judges of the USC Stem Cell Image of the Month contest would like to congratulate our October 2013 winner, Sanjeev Kumar, a postdoctoral research …

Mouse femur with enchondroma-like structure (Image by Lick Lai)

USC study reveals a protein that keeps people—and their skeletons—organized

Most people think that their planners or their iPhones keep them organized, when proteins such as liver kinase b1 (Lkb1) actually have a lot more to do with it. New research from …

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Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics (CASC) Network

To accelerate therapeutic development and delivery of stem cell therapies, CIRM is establishing the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics (CASC) Network. This network will provide a high quality, efficient infrastructure to support …

Keynote speaker Clive Svendsen (right) and Director Andy McMahon

A Retreat from everything but stem cells

It wasn’t the pristine 27-hole course that drew more than 120 stem cell researchers from USC and beyond to the Desert Princess Golf Resort near Palm Springs. It was the sixth annual …