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SARS-CoV-2; featured image for USC Stem Cell scientists use “mini-lungs” and lung models to understand COVID-19

USC Stem Cell scientists use “mini-lungs” and lung models to understand COVID-19

USC scientists are testing out experimental COVID-19 treatments on human “mini-lungs” and lung models, grown in the laboratory using stem cells. With names such as organoids and lung-chips, these simplified, lung-like structures …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn); featured image for A tribute to patient advocate Nanci Ryder

A tribute to patient advocate Nanci Ryder

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and champion, Nanci Ryder. Nanci was an amazing woman who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others. As a Hollywood publicist, …

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What is the USC Ombuds?

Stress levels are running high with a pandemic, global recession, and social injustice threatening livelihoods and lives. While the USC Office of the Ombuds can’t resolve the world’s woes, it can serve …

20 day old cortical organoid courtesy of Tuan Nguyen Quadrato lab; featured image for USC scientists use brain organoids to study intellectual disability, with support from the SynGAP Research Fund

USC scientists use brain organoids to study intellectual disability, with support from the SynGAP Research Fund

Maybe a child misses a developmental milestone, such as rolling over, or saying that first word. Perhaps the child also falls down due to seizures, or develops symptoms of an autism spectrum …

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New award supports study of why females age differently than males

A new research project led by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Assistant Professor Bérénice Benayoun aims to learn more about why female mammals, including humans, age differently than males. Sex dimorphism …

Alec Fisher; featured image for Amid COVID-19 fears, USC Spirit Leader donates stem cells for leukemia patient

Amid COVID-19 fears, USC Spirit Leader donates stem cells for leukemia patient

When Alec Fisher signed up as a potential bone marrow donor two years ago, he didn’t expect to hear back for a while, if at all — and certainly not in the …

Ya-Wen Chen; featured image for USC Stem Cell scientist Ya-Wen Chen grows miniature lungs with maximum potential

USC Stem Cell scientist Ya-Wen Chen grows miniature lungs with maximum potential

As the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outbreak escalated into a pandemic, USC lung researcher Ya-Wen Chen expected to be spending a lot of time at home, sheltering in place. “At the beginning of the …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Christina Gandolfo); featured image for A Message from Director and Chair Andy McMahon

A Message from Director and Chair Andy McMahon

I hope that this message finds you safe and well. As we return to our labs, I thought this would be a good time to let you know about what has been …

Qi-Long Ying; featured image for Shanghai Cell Therapy Group launches collaboration with USC researcher to improve the ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells for clinical applications

Shanghai Cell Therapy Group launches collaboration with USC researcher to improve the ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells for clinical applications

Shanghai Cell Therapy Group (SHCell) recently entered into a six-year research collaborative project with Professor Qi-Long Ying from the University of Southern California (USC). Through the project, sponsored by $3.6 million from …

Yang Chai; featured image for Yang Chai appointed University Professor

Yang Chai appointed University Professor

Associate Dean of Research Yang Chai PhD ’91, DDS ’96 has been appointed a University Professor, making history as the first faculty member to achieve such distinction at the Ostrow School of …

Peter Fabian; featured image for USC Stem Cell scientist Peter Fabian wins NIH Pathway to Independence Award

USC Stem Cell scientist Peter Fabian wins NIH Pathway to Independence Award

As a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC, Peter Fabian has proven himself to be a big fish in the pool of aspiring faculty …

Rong Lu; featured image for USC Stem Cell scientist Rong Lu wins an NIH Emerging Investigator Award

USC Stem Cell scientist Rong Lu wins an NIH Emerging Investigator Award

Millions of blood cells are regenerated every second. To study the unique properties of individual blood forming stem cells and how they contribute to aging, leukemia and other medical conditions, USC Stem …

Yong (Tiger) Zhang of the USC School of Pharmacy (Photo by Isaac Mora); featured image for Better cancer treatments may lie ahead thanks to Yong (Tiger) Zhang and USC engineers

Better cancer treatments may lie ahead thanks to Yong (Tiger) Zhang and USC engineers

A USC School of Pharmacy-led team has engineered a new, faster way to make drugs that precisely target malignant cells – while leaving healthy tissue undamaged – that could lead the way …

Megan McCain and friends; featured image for Megan McCain is one of six USC Viterbi faculty to win NSF CAREER Award

Megan McCain is one of six USC Viterbi faculty to win NSF CAREER Award

A record six assistant professors at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering — Megan McCain, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Mitul Luhar, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engienering; Aleksandra Korolova and Haipeng Luo, Department of Computer Science; and Daniel …

C-DOCTOR; featured image for Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration awarded $30-million grant

Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration awarded $30-million grant

The studies seem like something straight out of science fiction. There’s one focused on using stem cells to regenerate skull bone for patients with skull defects. Another aims to develop a hydrogel …

Organ of Corti; featured image for USC Stem Cell study shows when to quit “Yapping”

USC Stem Cell study shows when to quit “Yapping”

It turns out that to hear a person yapping, you need a protein called Yap. Working as part of what is known as the Yap/Tead complex, this important protein sends signals to …

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Manuscript writing course for KSOM students and postdocs

Are you a KSOM postdoc or graduate student working on a manuscript? Whether you’re staring at a blank page, or going through the umpteenth round of revisions, this free workshop will get …

Hirschsprung’s Disease; featured image for Growing nerve cells in the gut

Growing nerve cells in the gut

The human body has what is sometimes called a “second brain” in the digestive tract. The enteric nervous system (ENS) performs many vital functions, including coordinating the movement of food to allow …

Kalya Stanten; featured image for Countdown to Commencement: USC Stem Cell master’s student Kalya Stanten follows the science

Countdown to Commencement: USC Stem Cell master’s student Kalya Stanten follows the science

By following her love of science, USC master’s student Kalya Stanten has found herself in some very interesting places—including a virology lab at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m in Paula …

Ryan Maier; featured image for Meet the team keeping USC’s medical school running during COVID-19

Meet the team keeping USC’s medical school running during COVID-19

By late March, the USC Health Sciences Campus had emptied out as students, staff and faculty sheltered at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, it was simply not possible to …