Multimedia Archive

Multimedia Archive

Scott E. Fraser: The world’s smallest movie studio

The Translational Imaging Center is not Universal Studios, but it employs custom lights (lasers), cameras and wardrobe (contrast dyes) all to get its mercurial stars (the zebrafish) to perform on cue. The final product: some of the most remarkable motion pictures in science: watching a memory form, real time, in a living brain.

A speedier recovery

What if we could heal faster? USC Stem Cell scientist Joseph T. Rodgers and colleagues have discovered a way to alert stem cells before injury, so that healing begins sooner and proceeds faster. Animation by Nicholas Dobkin; music by Allen Francisco; presented by The Bridge@USC Art + Science Incubators

USC Stem Cell scientists Lindsey Barske and Joanna Smeeton win NIH Pathway to Independence awards

USC Stem Cell scientists Lindsey Barske and Joanna Smeeton have received prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Awards. Known as the K99/R00, the awards will help them transition from the postdoctoral to the faculty stages of their careers.

Undergraduate research opportunities at USC Stem Cell

Undergraduates share their research experiences in USC Stem Cell laboratories.

Using gene editing to cure Type 1 diabetes

Senta Georgia is creating new insulin-producing cells using CRISPR gene-editing technology in her work to cure genetic forms of diabetes.

Meet USC Stem Cell scientist and former professional volleyball player Leonardo Morsut

USC Stem Cell scientist and former professional volleyball player Leonardo Morsut has built a synthetic cellular communication system known as “synNotch.” This system could enable scientists to direct the behavior of cells in useful ways—ranging from killing cancer to regenerating the body after injury.

USC scientist Rong Lu studies how stem cells work together

USC Stem Cell scientist Rong Lu studies two general questions: how do individual stem cells differ from each other? And second, how do different stem cells work together to maintain proper tissue size and function? Her lab studies these questions in blood-forming stem cells with the goal of controlling tissue regeneration and improving the therapeutic …

Larissa Rodriguez and colleagues aim to reduce bathroom breaks with stem cells

Meet USC surgeon-scientist Larissa Rodriguez, who is using stem cells to develop new treatments for urinary incontinence. Dr. Rodriguez is also promoting diversity in the laboratory.

Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grants: heart regeneration and cell migration

Just as there are times when two heads are better than one, there are times when two labs are better than one. Thanks to the new Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grants, teams of postdoctoral researchers from different USC labs have received up to $10,000 in funding to pursue interdisciplinary one-year projects. Two teams used the …

Students from USC’s Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Students share their experiences in USC’s Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine degree program. The one-year program with an optional second research year offers courses in cutting-edge biomedical science, including developmental biology, human embryology, regenerative medicine and the translational and therapeutic aspects of stem cell technology. For more information, visit

A fasting-mimicking diet reduces disease risk factors in humans and reverses diabetes in mice

Two new studies from Valter Longo indicate that a brief fasting- mimicking diet done periodically reduces disease risk factors and may reverse diseases like diabetes by promoting regeneration.

Bone defects inspire perfect union between surgeon-scientist and stem cell researchers at USC

As chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Jay R. Lieberman regularly sees patients with bone defects too severe to heal. This unmet clinical need inspired him to team up with two stem cell biologists, Gage Crump and Francesca Mariani, to find new solutions.

White board: spinal cord injury

Broad gift 10th anniversary video

Tom Vangsness: what are stem cells?

A brief explanation and overview

USC Stem Cell junior faculty

Meet four junior faculty members from USC Stem Cell. Dr. Megan McCain is engineering stem cell-derived “organ on a chip” models of human heart disease. Dr. Min Yu is developing approaches to target circulating tumor cells to halt the spread of breast cancer. Dr. Joseph T. Rodgers is uncovering signaling networks that coordinate muscle stem …

White board: stem cells 101

What are stem cells, and why are they so important? Stem cells are the builders and the repairmen of the world’s most complex construction project: the creation of a human body! Thanks to the seven million California voters who voted Yes on Proposition 71, California’s $3 billion stem cell initiative, California’s scientists are already making …

USC Stem Cell’s Andy McMahon investigates treatments for kidney disease

One in 10 adults in the U.S.—more than 20 million people—are suffering from some degree of chronic kidney disease. USC Stem Cell’s Andy McMahon is finding new ways to repair and regenerate this vital organ.

USC Stem Cell scientist Justin Ichida named New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator

As a New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator, USC Stem Cell scientist Justin Ichida is using his $1.5 million prize to find new ways to slow or stop the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

White board: retinitis pigmentosa (RP)

How is stem cell research changing the lives of patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa? Find out how stem cell research at UC Irvine, funded by California’s Proposition 71: California’s $3 billion Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is changing the field.

Stay connected.