USC Stem Cell scientists are advancing our understanding of cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, blood, colon, skin, pancreas, liver, brain, ovaries and eye. They are also using stem cells to find new drugs and regenerative therapies for patients.


  • Approximately 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.
  • Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide.
  • Metastasis is the leading cause of cancer-related death.
  • The most common cancers are projected to be breast, lung and bronchus, prostate, colon and rectum, bladder, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis, leukemia, endometrial and pancreatic.



Xi Chen

For USC scientist Xi Chen, a chicken is more than just an egg’s way of making another egg

USC postdoctoral researcher Xi Chen knows that you have to break a few eggs in order to grow chicken stem cells. His work on maintaining embryonic stem cells (ESC) from chicken eggs provides insight into stem cell pluripotency and evolutionary developmental biology. “The choice of beginning with fertilized chicken eggs was critical to the success …

Rekha Prakash

USC alumna Rekha Prakash brings biotech background to Roosevelt High School

As a LAUSD biotechnology instructor at Roosevelt High School, Rekha Prakash works two short miles from USC’s Health Sciences Campus, where she earned her master of science degree in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine in 2015. “I teach biomedical sciences,” she said. “It’s not a regular biology class. This is totally career technical education. …

Mohamed Abou-el-Enein named Executive Director of USC/CHLA Cell Therapy Program

Mohamed Abou-el-Enein, MD, PhD, MSPH, has joined the Keck School of Medicine as the inaugural Executive Director of the Joint USC/CHLA Cell Therapy Program. He began his post Jan. 4.   Abou-el-Enein will also serve as Medical Director of the new cGMP facility for cell and gene therapy that is under construction in the Norris …

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