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Eun Ji Chung receives 2017 AIChE 35 Under 35 Award

To describe Eun Ji Chung as “goal-oriented” might be the understatement of the year. Chung, a Gabilan Assistant Professor in the USC Viterbi Department of Biomedical Engineering and USC Stem Cell principal investigator, has racked up an impressive number of achievements in 2017 alone. In addition to receiving a 2017 USC Stem Cell Eli and Edythe ...

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By | August 29th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on Eun Ji Chung receives 2017 AIChE 35 Under 35 Award

The Bridge Art + Science Alliance: Call for Proposals

The Bridge Art + Science Alliance, a program that cultivates relationships between artists and scientists, is looking to fund art/science media based projects during the Fall semester! We are currently accepting project pitches for up to $5,000 of funding with an opportunity to connect with USC’s world-renowned scientific research community. …


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By | August 26th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on The Bridge Art + Science Alliance: Call for Proposals

A revolution in genetics

Courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Adding a piece of DNA to treat diabetes A child develops a rare form of diabetes, due to the absence of a single piece of DNA in his genetic code. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a dedicated researcher is working to cure this young patient. How? With gene-editing technology ...

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By | August 26th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on A revolution in genetics

The protein TAZ sends “mixed signals” to stem cells

Just as beauty exists in the eye of the beholder, a signal depends upon the interpretation of the receiver. According to new USC research published in Stem Cell Reports, a protein called TAZ can convey very different signals—depending upon not only which variety of stem cell, but also which part of the stem cell receives ...

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By | August 24th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on The protein TAZ sends “mixed signals” to stem cells

Biotech entrepreneur Min Zhou supports scientific serendipity in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Qi-Long Ying

“The most important discoveries that I’ve made have all come from nowhere,” said Qi-Long Ying, associate professor of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at USC. “They could not be planned.” To foster this spirit of unexpected discovery, Chinese biotechnology entrepreneur Min Zhou has given an unrestricted gift of $500,000 to Ying’s lab, which studies ...

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By | August 14th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on Biotech entrepreneur Min Zhou supports scientific serendipity in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Qi-Long Ying

USC Stem Cell scientists obtain “how to” guide for producing hair follicles

How does the skin develop follicles and eventually sprout hair? A USC-led study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), addresses this question using insights gleaned from organoids, 3D assemblies of cells possessing rudimentary skin structure and function—including the ability to grow hair. In the study, first author Mingxing Lei, a ...

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By | August 11th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on USC Stem Cell scientists obtain “how to” guide for producing hair follicles

USC Stem Cell scientist Joanna Smeeton wins NIH Pathway to Independence Award

After her breakthrough discovery that zebrafish can be used to study arthritis, postdoctoral fellow Joanna Smeeton has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Award. Known as the K99/R00, the award will help her transition from the postdoctoral to the faculty stage of her career. …

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By | August 10th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on USC Stem Cell scientist Joanna Smeeton wins NIH Pathway to Independence Award

USC Stem Cell researchers receive $3 million of NIH funding to produce sophisticated laboratory rats

USC Stem Cell principal investigator Qi-Long Ying and his team are pleased to introduce a new transgenic animal—the conditional and inducible gene knockout rat. Created using embryonic stem cell-based technology, these remarkable rats allow researchers to control both where and when any specific gene is expressed. …

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By | August 10th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on USC Stem Cell researchers receive $3 million of NIH funding to produce sophisticated laboratory rats

New USC stem cell course teaches how to design an experiment

For future scientists, few skills are more essential than the ability to design a good experiment. In a new spring 2018 course, SCRM 517 Historical and Contemporary Stem Cell Research, Professor Rong Lu will impart this important skill to graduate students at USC. …

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By | August 8th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on New USC stem cell course teaches how to design an experiment

USC Stem Cell discovery refreshes the heart

Some people are better than others at recovering from a wounded heart, according to a new USC Stem Cell study published in Nature Genetics. In the study, first author Michaela Patterson, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Henry Sucov, and her colleagues focused on a regenerative type of heart muscle cell called a mononuclear ...

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By | August 7th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on USC Stem Cell discovery refreshes the heart

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