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D. Brent Polk (Photo courtesy of Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

D. Brent Polk named AAAS fellow

D. Brent Polk, a member of the USC Stem Cell executive committee and vice dean for clinical affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), is among five USC scientists who have been …

Adnan Chowdhury (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Hearst Fellow Adnan Chowdhury studies how stem cells respond to infection

Few researchers have studied how hematopoietic stem cells respond to infection—even though these are the stem cells that give rise to the full battery of specialized immune cells, such as T cells …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

Request for Proposals: Broad Clinical Research Fellows 2017–2018

A recent gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Clinical Research Fellows at USC. There are up to five available positions to support clinical research …

Amy Ryan (Firth) (Photo courtesy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC)

What I’m Reading: Top pick from stem cell faculty member Amy Firth

Cells regulate their gene activity and differentiation by “methylating” DNA—adding carbon and hydrogen atoms to modify the DNA code. In a recent Cell publication, researchers from the Jaenisch laboratory used a precise …

Dean Rohit Varma (Photo courtesy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC)

Rohit Varma named Keck School dean

Rohit Varma has been named dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective immediately. Varma will also hold the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine. USC Provost …

Senta Georgia (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

What I’m Reading: Top pick from stem cell faculty member Senta Georgia

Earlier this year, a team at the Karolinska Institute published a paper that profiled gene activity in single cells from human embryos created in the context of in vitro fertilization. Now this …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

Request for Proposals: Eli and Edythe Broad Fellowship Award 2017–2018

A recent gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Society of Fellows at USC. An annual fellowship award of $80,000 that includes one year of …

Shelsy Aragon’s emotional moment at the the conference. (Photo by Gus Ruelas)

Community biotech summit opens new world for eager youths

Shelsy Aragon was nervous. The 14-year-old was standing in front of hundreds of people in a packed room at East Los Angeles College, a microphone hot in her hand. She had a question …

Qi-Long Ying (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

What I’m Reading: Top pick from stem cell faculty member Qi-Long Ying

In a recent study published in Cell Stem Cell, Joshua Black and colleagues demonstrated that skin cells are converted into neurons using a powerful tool called CRISPR/Cas9 to concurrently modify and activate …

Researcher in the lab (Photo by Chris Shinn)

Request for Proposals: The Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grants 2016–2017

To stimulate interdisciplinary stem cell research across USC Overview USC Stem Cell invites applications for the Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grants. The goal of the program is to stimulate new interdisciplinary stem …

Wange Lu (Photo by Chris Shinn)

What I’m reading: Top pick from stem cell faculty member Wange Lu

Our genetic material is packed into the nucleus of the cell, but is the packing process random or organized in some way? In a recent study published in Cell Stem Cell, Krijger …

Megan McCain (Photo by Will Taylor)

Megan McCain receives American Heart Association Faculty Award

Megan McCain has received a 2016 Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association. The three-year, $231,000 grant supports highly promising early career scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research. McCain—Gabilan Assistant Professor …

Min Yu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

What I’m reading: Top pick from stem cell faculty member Min Yu

In a recent issue of Cell, William Greenleaf, Monte Winslow and colleagues have characterized differences within primary and metastatic tumors in an engineered mouse model of small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Many …

Human skull with sutures (Public domain image courtesy of Gray's Anatomy)

USC researchers awarded $3.3 million NIDCR grant to find more effective treatment for common birth defect

It might surprise you to learn that your cranium is not one continuous smooth bone encasing your brain. It’s actually comprised of eight bones, separated by fibrous joints, to give your skull …

iPSC colony derived from skin fibroblasts of a patient with cystic fibrosis. The colony is stained with pluripotency markers Lin28 (red) and Sox2 (green), and DAPI (blue) indicates nuclei. (Image courtesy of the Ryan (Firth) Lab)

Request for Proposals: Outreach Project Competition for 2016 Stem Cell Awareness Day

October 12 marks Stem Cell Awareness Day, an annual public outreach event co-hosted by USC Stem Cell and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). As the centerpiece of this year’s event, …

Amgen's Bill Richards recently visited USC to provide an introduction to the company. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC and Amgen launch the dialogues that drive discovery

Without collaboration between universities and pharmaceutical companies, scientists might never have developed essential medicines ranging from the antibiotic streptomycin in the 1950s to HIV medications in the 1990s. In recognition of the …

Kris Boesen and his father Rodney (Photo by Greg Iger)

Paralyzed man regains use of arms and hands after experimental stem cell therapy at Keck Hospital of USC

Keck Medical Center of USC today announced that a team of doctors became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged cervical spine …

Francesca Mariani (Photo by Chris Shinn)

What I’m reading: Top pick from stem cell faculty member Francesca Mariani

In a recent study in the journal Cell, Kyle Loh and colleagues in Irving Weissman’s group established a rapid protocol for converting human pluripotent stem cells into mesoderm—the progenitors for heart, skeleton, …

Biodegradable scaffold (left) and human tissue-engineered liver (right) (Photo courtesy of The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)

Functional human tissue-engineered liver generated from stem and progenitor cells

A research team led by investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has generated functional human and mouse tissue-engineered liver from adult stem and progenitor cells. Tissue-engineered Liver …

Researchers have found a protein that may help with the brain’s recovery from a stroke. (Illustration courtesy of Shutterstock)

There’s hope for reversing stroke-induced long-term disability

Permanent brain damage from a stroke may be reversible thanks to a developing therapeutic technique, a USC-led study has found. The novel approach combines transplanted human stem cells with a special protein …