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Mark Humayun (Photo by Gus Ruelas); featured image for Mark Humayun among USC faculty named 2021 AAAS Fellows

Mark Humayun among USC faculty named 2021 AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected three USC professors to become AAAS fellows in 2021. The council designates members with this distinction whose “efforts on behalf of …

Spine from a healthy mouse (left) and a mouse with genetically disrupted cartilage progenitor cells (Image by Dawei Geng and Tea Jashashvili); featured image for Arthritis-related gene also regenerates cartilage in joints and growth plates

Arthritis-related gene also regenerates cartilage in joints and growth plates

The IL-6 family of proteins has a bad reputation: it can promote inflammation, arthritis, autoimmune disease and even cancer. However, a new USC-led study published in Communications Biology reveals the importance of …

THE SYNAPSES OF A ZEBRAFISH BRAIN ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY A MICROSCOPE (PHOTO CREDIT: USC); featured image for USC team shows how memories are stored in the brain, with potential impact on conditions like PTSD

USC team shows how memories are stored in the brain, with potential impact on conditions like PTSD

What physical changes occur in the brain when a memory is made? A team of researchers at the University of Southern California has, for the first time, answered this question by inducing …

Confocal microscopy image of an adult zebrafish head with neural crest-derived cells in red. The Crump lab has used single-cell sequencing to understand how these cells build and repair the head skeleton, with implications for understanding human craniofacial birth defects and improving repair of skeletal tissues. (Image by Hung-Jhen Chen/Crump Lab); featured image for A crowning achievement in understanding head development

A crowning achievement in understanding head development

Cranial neural crest cells, or CNCCs, contribute to many more body parts than their humble name suggests. These remarkable stem cells not only form most of the skull and facial skeleton in …

Yichen Li; featured image for Curiosity, commitment and compassion drive Yichen Li’s research in neurodegenerative diseases

Curiosity, commitment and compassion drive Yichen Li’s research in neurodegenerative diseases

Yichen Li has always been driven to understand the world around her. Growing up in an Eastern province in China, Li’s inquisitive nature steered her toward science. “When I was a girl, …

Frank Petrigliano, MD, and Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD, have been collaborating on medical innovations to help heal and even regenerate damaged joints. (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III); featured image for Stopping arthritis before it starts

Stopping arthritis before it starts

A novel off-the-shelf bio-implant containing embryonic stem cells has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of cartilage injuries More than a million Americans undergo knee and hip replacements each year. It’s a …

Image courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC; featured image for USC collaboration helps FaceBase reach 1,000-dataset milestone

USC collaboration helps FaceBase reach 1,000-dataset milestone

The data repository allows craniofacial scientists to share data, which could ultimately lead to improved care for patients with craniofacial developmental disorders. Rapid technological development in the past decade has allowed scientists …

Carolyn Meltzer; featured image for Carolyn C. Meltzer named dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC

Carolyn C. Meltzer named dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC

USC leaders have named radiologist and nuclear medicine doctor Carolyn C. Meltzer as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Currently the William P. Timmie Professor and chair of the …

Aswathy Ammothumkandy and her family; featured image for USC Stem Cell postdoc Aswathy Ammothumkandy recognized by the American Epilepsy Society

USC Stem Cell postdoc Aswathy Ammothumkandy recognized by the American Epilepsy Society

USC Stem Cell postdoctoral trainee Aswathy Ammothumkandy vividly recalls when the tour guide shared the story of Dolly the cloned sheep during her ninth-grade field trip to the regional science center in …

Atmaca’s illustration about Weiss-Kruszka syndrome; featured image for Keck School researchers honored for Fall 2021 BioRender Illustration competition

Keck School researchers honored for Fall 2021 BioRender Illustration competition

Z. Eda Atmaca, a PhD student in biomedical sciences/development and stem cell and regenerative medicine, was selected as the winner of the Fall 2021 BioRender Illustration competition. Priscilla Chan, a PhD candidate …

Ear exam; featured image for Study reveals common loud noises cause fluid buildup in the inner ear and suggests simple possible cure for noise-induced hearing loss

Study reveals common loud noises cause fluid buildup in the inner ear and suggests simple possible cure for noise-induced hearing loss

Exposure to loud noise, such as a firecracker or an ear-splitting concert, is the most common preventable cause of hearing loss. Research suggests that 12% or more of the world population is …

Leukemia cells; featured image for How alike are the cancer cells from a single patient?

How alike are the cancer cells from a single patient?

Even within a single patient with cancer, there is a vast diversity of individual tumor cells, which display distinct behaviors related to growth, metastasis, and responses to chemotherapy. To carry out these …

Students; featured image for California’s stem cell agency awards USC $5 million to train scientists and clinicians

California’s stem cell agency awards USC $5 million to train scientists and clinicians

USC has been awarded a $5 million training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to prepare PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and clinical fellows for careers in stem cell research. …

Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien; featured image for California’s stem cell agency awards CHLA $5 million training grant

California’s stem cell agency awards CHLA $5 million training grant

Stem cells are the seeds that grow our hearts, brains, lungs, intestines—every one of the body’s tissues and organs. By studying stem cells and their potential to replace damaged or dysfunctional cells, …

Smog; featured image for How does air pollution influence Alzheimer’s risk?

How does air pollution influence Alzheimer’s risk?

Higher exposure to air pollution is strongly associated with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, especially for people with certain genetic risk factors for the disease. Exactly how pollution interacts with these genes …

Bell in the lab; featured image for Drug-like molecule points to novel strategies for cancer therapy

Drug-like molecule points to novel strategies for cancer therapy

A decade ago, genome sequencing revealed a big surprise: about 50 percent of human cancers are linked to mutations in what are known as epigenetic regulators, which control the activity of genes. …

Impromptu McMahon lab meeting; featured image for USC Stem Cell: An incubator for medicine of the 21st century

USC Stem Cell: An incubator for medicine of the 21st century

Just over a decade ago, USC was a university with a few scattered stem cell biologists, and a vision for total transformation. The university was committed to designing a unique “incubator” for …

Illustration by Jonathan Haase; featured image for Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet help mice live longer, healthier

Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet help mice live longer, healthier

While many diets have been studied for effectiveness in preventing obesity and heart disease in both mice and humans, research on the effects and benefits of short, periodic cycles of fasting on obesity and heart health are lacking. In a new USC study on the health effects of a low-calorie diet that mimics …

mourning gecko; featured image for Aided by stem cells, a lizard regenerates a perfect tail for the first time in 250 million years

Aided by stem cells, a lizard regenerates a perfect tail for the first time in 250 million years

Lizards can regrow severed tails, making them the closest relative to humans that can regenerate a lost appendage. But in lieu of the original tail that includes a spinal column and nerves, …

Bérénice Benayoun (Photo courtesy of the USC Davis School of Gerontology); featured image for Bérénice Benayoun receives prestigious investigator-focused grant

Bérénice Benayoun receives prestigious investigator-focused grant

The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award directly supports scientists, providing stability, flexibility and more opportunities for breakthroughs. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded an R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) …