Keck School of Medicine of USC

 Cell and Neurobiology

Dispelling Dinosaur Movie Myths

September 28th, 2016|

An anatomy expert looks beyond Hollywood’s depiction of prehistory’s most popular creatures.

Accurate or not, the fantastical portrayals of dinosaurs in movies shape our perception of prehistory’s most popular creatures. Think of the bellowing brachiosaurus in Jurassic Park, or King Kong’s pterosaur flying off with a heroine in its talons. Michael Habib, assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine of

On the prowl for an elusive rodent called ‘the ultimate Pokémon’

August 16th, 2016|

Biologists seek Zenkerella, a scaly-tailed squirrel that has never been spotted alive by scientists.

Researchers are on a real-life search for what one calls “the ultimate Pokémon”: Zenkerella, an elusive scaly-tailed squirrel that has never been spotted alive by scientists. However, biologists recently found three newly dead specimens that hint at how the “living fossil” has

Study: Flu-like symptoms in pregnant woman could affect baby

June 22nd, 2016|

Babies born to mothers whose immune systems had to grapple with a viral assault — even a mild one — have increased risk of brain and central nervous system abnormalities, according to a new study.

A USC-led team of researchers examined how the immune systems of pregnant mice (roughly equivalent to human mothers in their first

Stem Cell researchers use zebrafish to understand the role of cartilage in bone repair

May 12th, 2016|

Scientists have long believed that the processes required for embryonic development are recapitulated during the regeneration of damaged body parts, such as fractured bones. In a new study published in Development, USC Stem Cell researchers Sandeep Paul, Simone Schindler and colleagues use the regeneration of the zebrafish jawbone to show that this is not necessarily

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

For minority students who dream of being doctors, ‘Keck is where you want to be’

November 20th, 2015|

Attending medical school can seem like a pipe dream for many students, particularly minorities, but the Bridging the Gaps Summer Research Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC can turn that dream into a reality.

“The program was created to address the under-representation of minority students within medicine and the biological sciences and with

Parents learn about the Keck School at annual symposium

November 2nd, 2015|

Nearly 100 proud parents got a glimpse of the daily lives of their sons and daughters on Oct. 23 during an annual symposium at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Family members toured the Health Sciences Campus and heard from school leaders, including Henri R. Ford, MD, MFA, vice dean for medical education, as well

Promising study focuses on treatment for dry eyes

October 8th, 2015|

New research by the Fini Lab at Keck Medicine of USC demonstrates for the first time that a natural protein in tears may be key to treating dry eye syndrome, a common affliction of the eye that affects millions of people.

Published in PLOS ONE, the study suggests a new approach to treating dry eye. Using

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

Stem Cell researchers poke around for blood genes

July 13th, 2015|

Even though the transplantation of blood stem cells, also known as bone marrow, has saved many lives over many decades, the genes that control the number or function of blood stem cells are not fully understood. In a study published in June in Stem Cell Reports, the USC Stem Cell labs of Keck School professors Hooman Allayee