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Thomas Lozito and Donald the crested gecko (Photo by Sergio Bianco); featured image for USC Stem Cell scientist Thomas Lozito looks to lizards in hopes of healing humans

USC Stem Cell scientist Thomas Lozito looks to lizards in hopes of healing humans

Some students sell blood plasma to make extra cash during graduate school. Thomas Lozito, a new assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at USC, sold poison …

USC researcher Yang Chai has received another five-year grant to bolster his research into the causes of one of the most common congenital birth defects.; featured image for Cleft palate research continues to help patients

Cleft palate research continues to help patients

Associate Dean of Research Yang Chai PhD ’91, DDS ’96 has been awarded a five-year, nearly $2 million grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) for research focused …

Layers of healthy human kidney cells (visible as red and green in fluorescent image) form a working filter in the new model developed by Dr. Perin and Dr. Da Sacco in the GOFARR Lab.; featured image for CHLA scientists develop first physiologically-accurate in vitro model of the human kidney glomerulus

CHLA scientists develop first physiologically-accurate in vitro model of the human kidney glomerulus

Story courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Kidneys work to constantly filter blood and remove toxins from the body. Conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) are characterized by a reduced ability …

Frank Petrigliano; featured image for Frank Petrigliano named chief of USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine

Frank Petrigliano named chief of USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine

The USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC, which specializes in treating sports-related and recreational injuries affecting the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow, recently announced the appointment …

USC Stem Cell at the world's largest stem cell conference (Photo by Sergio Bianco)

USC brings the world’s largest stem cell conference to Los Angeles

For the first time ever, the City of Los Angeles hosted the world’s largest stem cell conference. By choosing Los Angeles as the host city for this major annual meeting, the International …

USC's David Hinton gives a cellular view of a stem cell-based eye implant. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC public symposium illustrates how to move stem cells from Petri dish to patient

Have you ever wondered how a scientific discovery in the laboratory becomes a new medical treatment for patients in the hospital? At the public symposium “Bringing Stem Cells to Patients – Treating …

Craniofacial conditions, or malformation of the head and face, affect approximately 600,000 people in the United States, according to Children’s National Health System. (Photos courtesy of iStock); featured image for USC researchers receive $12.5 million grant for craniofacial research data-sharing endeavor

USC researchers receive $12.5 million grant for craniofacial research data-sharing endeavor

Nearly half of all birth defects involve the face and skull and, for the most part, scientists remain unclear as to why most occur. To better serve families at risk for these …

The discovery could change the way dental implants are placed, allowing dentists to regenerate tooth roots that better integrate with jaw bone structures.; featured image for Ostrow researchers discover how genes for tooth roots turn on and off

Ostrow researchers discover how genes for tooth roots turn on and off

To figure out how the body changes over time, researchers are increasingly looking to understand epigenetics, the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of …

Jean Rosenbaum; featured image for France-USA Stem Cell Symposium gathers la crème de la crème

France-USA Stem Cell Symposium gathers la crème de la crème

Science was the common language at the first France-USA Stem Cell Symposium, held at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. The event …

Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD, has been awarded a three-year, Career Development Award grant in the amount of $593,996 from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.; featured image for DOD grant awarded to Yong (Tiger) Zhang

DOD grant awarded to Yong (Tiger) Zhang

Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD, was awarded a three-year, Career Development Award grant in the amount of $593,996 from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for his project “Developing Novel …

DNA; featured image for Navigage, Rose Hills Foundations support Berenice Benayoun

Navigage, Rose Hills Foundations support Berenice Benayoun

From catching cognitive impairment earlier to understanding the genetics of age-related disease and health disparities, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty conduct exciting research supported by organizations committed to helping others. …

Min Yu (Photo by Chris Shinn); featured image for USC Stem Cell scientist Min Yu brings curiosity and compassion to cancer research

USC Stem Cell scientist Min Yu brings curiosity and compassion to cancer research

In her new lab, Min Yu observed the eerie predictability of a line of human breast cancer cells. First in one mouse, then in many, the cells metastasized again and again to …

Denis Evseenko (Photo by Chris Shinn); featured image for From babies to senior citizens, USC Stem Cell researcher Denis Evseenko is working for better outcomes

From babies to senior citizens, USC Stem Cell researcher Denis Evseenko is working for better outcomes

When Denis Evseenko was still a student at Novosibirsk State Medical University in southern Siberia, he began pondering the meaning of life. “I was reading a lot of philosophic things [saying that] …

The $10 million donation from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation will support the USC stem cell research center’s core facilities and training programs, enable recruitment and attract research funding. (Photo by Sam Comen); featured image for $10 million gift from Broad Foundation advances USC stem cell research on aging-associated disease

$10 million gift from Broad Foundation advances USC stem cell research on aging-associated disease

USC’s groundbreaking stem cell research and training programs have received a major boost thanks to a $10 million gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The donation is part of the …

Janet Oldak; featured image for Moradian-Oldak receives Distinguished Scientist Award

Moradian-Oldak receives Distinguished Scientist Award

Professor Janet Moradian-Oldak received a 2019 Basic Research in Biological Mineralization Award at the International Association for Dental Research’s (IADR) General Session and Exhibition in mid-June. The award — one of 17 …

Junior faculty (Photo by Sergio Bianco); featured image for USC Stem Cell junior faculty balance babies with biomedical research

USC Stem Cell junior faculty balance babies with biomedical research

Growing stem cells isn’t just something junior faculty do in the lab. Eight of the junior faculty in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine recently welcomed new babies into …

Embryonic stem cells that have differentiated into neurons (Image by In Kyoung Mah/Mariani Lab); featured image for From restoring sight to reversing brain damage, USC stem cell researchers are making life-changing discoveries

From restoring sight to reversing brain damage, USC stem cell researchers are making life-changing discoveries

If anyone has a clear vision of the power of stem cell cures, it’s Anna Kuehl. She suffered a retina-wrecking disease that cost her much of her sight before USC physicians surgically …

Yang Chai (Photo by Chris Shinn); featured image for Yang Chai bridges the gap from the lab bench to the dental chair

Yang Chai bridges the gap from the lab bench to the dental chair

As a young oral surgeon in China, Yang Chai often operated on babies born with cleft lips or palates. “You talk to the parents, and they were very emotional and trying find …

Eye treated for macular degeneration; featured image for RSVP for 6/26 USC Public Symposium on a stem cell-based approach to treating age-related blindness

RSVP for 6/26 USC Public Symposium on a stem cell-based approach to treating age-related blindness

A Public Symposium co-sponsored by USC Stem Cell and the Choi Family @ISSCCR 2019 RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bringing-stem-cells-to-patients-treating-age-related-blindness-tickets-62892259441#tickets Program *Spanish translation available. 6:30 p.m. Registration and free food 7–8 p.m. Andrew P. McMahon, …

Fluorescent image of intestinal stem and progenitor cells. Cells like these can grow into engineered intestinal tissue in the laboratory. Eventually, Dr. Grikscheit hopes engineered intestine can help babies born with severe gastrointestinal challenges.; featured image for Tissue engineering: The big picture on growing small intestines

Tissue engineering: The big picture on growing small intestines

Babies born prematurely often face intense medical challenges, including intestines that are underdeveloped or diseased. While an intestine transplant can benefit some patients, many babies are simply too small to endure this …