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USC to participate in its third Cancer Moonshot project

October 17th, 2016|

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday is expected to announce that the University of Southern California will participate in a new Cancer Moonshot project to create the world’s first global liquid biopsy database on cancer. The undertaking is designed to accelerate the development and approval of simple, accurate and reliable blood tests for biologically-based precision

USC’s Mark Humayun to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

December 23rd, 2015|

UPDATE: Officials at the White House have announced the postponement of Friday’s National Medal awards ceremony because of extreme weather forecast in the Washington, DC, area. Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, was scheduled to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. The ceremony will be rescheduled to spring, officials said. The original article is

Iroquois genes make cartilage cells act “oh so immature”

November 9th, 2015|

Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the U.S., involves the loss of a special type of cartilage cell lining the joints. In a study appearing on the cover of the latest issue of Developmental Cell, first author Amjad Askary — a PhD student in the USC Stem Cell lab of Gage Crump — and his

A Prkci gene keeps stem cells in check

November 2nd, 2015|

When it comes to stem cells, too much of a good thing isn’t wonderful: producing too many new stem cells may lead to cancer; producing too few inhibits the repair and maintenance of the body.

In a paper published in Stem Cell Reports, USC researcher In Kyoung Mah from the lab of Francesca Mariani and colleagues at the

Postdoctoral fellow Albert Kim receives first Hearst Fellowship for stem cell research

September 22nd, 2015|

How do you turn stem cells into nephrons, the functional unit of the kidney? Albert D. Kim, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Andy McMahon, is exploring this question with support from a Hearst Fellowship, an award recognizing an exceptional junior postdoctoral fellow pursuing stem cell research at USC.

As a Hearst Fellow, Kim will

Chang Stem Cell Engineering Facility brings gene editing to USC and beyond

September 22nd, 2015|

Once the stuff of science fiction, genetic engineering is now offered on a fee-for-service basis at USC.

On September 19, USC Stem Cell faculty and staff welcomed their supporters, the Chang and Choi families, and nearly 100 of their friends to celebrate the grand opening of the Chang Stem Cell Engineering Facility, located on the second floor of

Gene summons “surviving cells on deck” to repair the acutely injured kidney

September 17th, 2015|

In the kidney, injured cells can be kicked into reparative mode by a gene called Sox9, according to a new paper published in Cell Reports.

First author Sanjeev Kumar, a postdoctoral research associate in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Andy McMahon, found that surviving injured cells switch on the Sox9 gene as a response to kidney damage.

Stem cell researcher Justin Ichida receives $300,000 Muscular Dystrophy Association grant

September 10th, 2015|

Ten percent of all patients with two neurodegenerative diseases — frontotemperal dementia (FTD) and amyolateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — possess a mutation in the same gene. Justin Ichida, assistant professor of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, has received a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) research grant totaling $300,000 over three

USC Stem Cell selects inaugural Broad Clinical Research Fellows

August 20th, 2015|

This year, the Broad Clinical Research Fellowships are enabling physician-investigators to explore stem cell-based approaches related to four very different medical conditions: breast cancer, kidney disease, deafness and short bowel syndrome.

Each one-year fellowship provides $65,000 of salary support, $7,500 of supplies and a $1,500 meeting allowance to support full-time research related to stem cell biology

Local high school students graduate from USC’s summer stem cell program

August 18th, 2015|

Enthusiastic is the word to best describe the students from this year’s USC’s Early Investigator High School (EiHS) Stem Cell Research Program. Ten students graduated from the summer laboratory immersion program at a ceremony held at noon on Friday, July 31 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research