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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 …

Min Yu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu receives the NIH’s New Innovator Award

As a winner of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, USC Stem Cell principal investigator Min Yu will strive to develop individualized medicine targeting rare and deadly breast cancer stem cells. The …

Clockwise from top left: Andre Luis de Castro Abreu, Victoria Forte, Kathy Schall and Rodrigo Martínez Monedero (Photos by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell selects inaugural Broad Clinical Research Fellows

This year, the Broad Clinical Research Fellowships are enabling physician-investigators to explore stem cell-based approaches related to four very different medical conditions: breast cancer, kidney disease, deafness and short bowel syndrome. Each …

Min Yu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu named Pew-Stewart scholar for cancer research

USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu is one of five early-career scientists to be named a 2015 Pew-Stewart scholar for cancer research. As part of this honor, she will receive $240,000 over …

From left, Jon-Paul Pepper, Min Yu and Kevin S. King

The Baxter Foundation awards grants to USC researchers Min Yu, Jon-Paul Pepper and Kevin S. King

It takes a very special doctor to push beyond existing patient treatments and engage in the quest for new ones. That’s why the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation has selected …

Fred H. Gage delivered a brainy keynote address. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell Symposium creates scientific synergy

Provost Michael Quick convened the inaugural USC Stem Cell Symposium with a straightforward truth about the future of regenerative medicine: “it will take a dedicated community of scholars across the disciplines to …

Circulating tumor cells (Image courtesy of Min Yu)

Min Yu and Heinz-Josef Lenz seek to stop cancer in its tracks

Heinz-Josef Lenz and Min Yu both know that a cancer cell in motion doesn’t stay in motion. It comes to rest and spreads cancer. After detaching from the primary tumor and traveling …

Circulating tumor cells (Image courtesy of Min Yu)

Min Yu targets the “seeds” of breast cancer metastasis

For breast cancer patients, the era of personalized medicine may be just around the corner, thanks to recent advances by USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

Andy McMahon and USC Stem Cell: From discoveries to cures

Video by Little Pictures How do fingers become fingers and not toes? How does the brain generate the correct number of neurons? How do the kidneys branch into the complex and elegant …

From right, philanthropist Kin-Chung (KC) Choi; USC’s stem cell research center director Andy McMahon and program director Qing Liu-Michael; and KC’s wife Amy Choi, daughter Lucia Choi-Dalton, daughter-in-law Queence Choi, and son and USC alumnus Henry Choi. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell celebrates the grand opening of the Choi Family Therapeutic Screening Facility

How can scientists make more accurate predictions about which potential drugs will effectively treat disease — before launching expensive and laborious human clinical trials? USC’s new Choi Family Therapeutic Screening Facility offers …

Rong Lu and Min Yu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Min Yu and Rong Lu explore how one bad cell spoils the bunch

Principal investigators Min Yu, MD, PhD, and Rong Lu, PhD, had plans to collaborate long before they were both recruited to the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the …

Keynote speaker Clive Svendsen (right) and Director Andy McMahon

A Retreat from everything but stem cells

It wasn’t the pristine 27-hole course that drew more than 120 stem cell researchers from USC and beyond to the Desert Princess Golf Resort near Palm Springs. It was the sixth annual …

Min Yu, MD, PhD