Stem Cell News

What I’m reading: Top picks from stem cell faculty

Amy Firth: To understand organ development, maintenance and repair, and to model disease, tissue engineering can enable unique experimental approaches. In a recent study in the journal Biomaterials, Daniel Tschumerplin’s laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, grew a mix of fluorescently tagged human lung cells in a semi-solid matrix. Over a period of four weeks, the cells

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Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD

Keck School of Medicine receives $2.5 Million grant for translational osteoarthritis research

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is one of four institutions to receive a multi-million dollar grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for translational research projects. The $2.5 million grant will support potential osteoarthritis therapies that could significantly impact standards of care for the disease. Arthritis affects

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USC Stem Cell scientist Joseph T. Rodgers receives grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)

Wisdom can increase with age, but healing power does not. USC Stem Cell scientist Joseph T. Rodgers is exploring the biology behind this fact, thanks to a grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). The grants provide $100,000 of flexible support to early-career researchers focused on aging processes and age-related diseases. Since 1981,

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Rong Lu (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

What I’m reading: Top picks from stem cell faculty

Rong Lu: In a recent issue of Nature, Philipp S. Hoppe and colleagues present their work on how blood-forming cells, called hematopoietic progenitors, commit to becoming particular blood cell types. Previously, scientists thought that these choices were determined by random changes in the levels of gene regulatory proteins called transcription factors that are linked to

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A clinical trial through Keck Medicine of USC offers hope after a devastating car accident.

Stem Cell Therapy Gives Paralyzed Man Second Chance at Independence

Four days after undergoing major surgery, 21-year-old Kris Boesen picked up a smartphone and sent a text. It was the first message that he had sent in months. But what was truly remarkable was that a man who was once almost completely paralyzed was holding a phone at all. It hadn’t always been like this. One

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Opthalmologist, engineer and scientist Mark Humayun holds joint appointments at Keck School of Medicine and USC Viterbi School of Engineering. | PHOTO BY ZÉ CARLOS BARRETTA

Mark Humayun elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, co-director of the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute and director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2016 Fellows Program, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Humayun will attend the NAI Fellow induction ceremony at

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Vincent Yu and Kate Galloway

USC Stem Cell’s Kate Galloway and Haoze (Vincent) Yu answer a new ALS challenge

Although it’s not the type of challenge that involves an ice bucket, this year’s Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grant has brought together two young scientists from different USC labs to tackle ALS. “These $10,000 grants make it possible for our students and postdocs to connect and collaborate on one-year interdisciplinary projects spanning different labs,” said

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Wendy Cozen

Keck School professors among 5 USC faculty named AAAS fellows

Five USC scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their academic peers. AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, began the AAAS Fellows tradition in 1874. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1848. This year

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Broad Center

Request for Proposals: Broad Clinical Research Fellows

A recent gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Clinical Research Fellows at USC. There are up to five available positions to support clinical research fellow training. The fellows must have completed their MD or MD/PhD training, currently be in their residency or fellowship program and hold a

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Amy L. Firth

What I’m Reading: Top picks from stem cell faculty

Amy Firth: Cells regulate their gene activity and differentiation by “methylating” DNA—adding carbon and hydrogen atoms to modify the DNA code. In a recent Cell publication, researchers from the Jaenisch laboratory used a precise DNA recognition system, CRISPR/Cas9, to remove or add methylation at specific genomic sequences. The technique provides an innovative tool for understanding gene regulation and the functional

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