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.



Stem cells

USC’s stem cell master’s program awards new scholarships and welcomes its largest incoming class

This fall, USC’s master’s program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine will be providing a remote learning experience for its largest incoming class to date. The incoming class of 46 students is a diverse group: the cohort is 63 percent female, 20 percent international, and includes both a physician and a rabbi. Six of …

Remote learning

USC Stem Cell’s high school program Zooms ahead

In late February 2020, 10 local high school juniors gathered at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC for the first meeting of a four-month hands-on learning experience, sponsored by the Amgen Foundation. Each of the 10 students had been nominated by a science teacher from an …

Ebony Flowers

Ebony Flowers receives fellowship from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Ebony Flowers has already received three fellowships during her year-and-a-half as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. First, she was awarded the Choi Family Postdoctoral Fellowship, which helped recruit her to Min Yu’s laboratory. Then she earned a fellowship from the A.P. Giannini Foundation, which provided …

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Min Yu is capturing circulating tumor cells from the bloodstreams of breast cancer patients, and growing and studying them in the laboratory. This enables her lab to gain new insights into cancer and to work towards developing less invasive biopsies and more effective treatments for patients.
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