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Andrew P. McMahon, PhD, FRS, came to USC from Harvard University in 2012 to transform the life sciences research enterprise and advance regenerative medicine.

A pioneer in developmental and stem cell biology, he laid cornerstones of the field when he identified the role of key genes that regulate the embryonic development of critical organ systems, including the central nervous system, skeleton and kidney. His research — which has also shed light on what happens when these genes go awry in cancer — led to the foundation of a biotechnology company and ultimately to the development of an anti-skin cancer drug through a licensing agreement with Genentech.

As director of USC’s stem cell research center, he is currently recruiting a new generation of the world’s top scientists to join the university’s efforts in accelerating the progress from discoveries to therapies.