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USC’s stem cell scientists secure the dollars to fight disease

The price of progress is not only the energy and talent of stem cell scientists, but also the research dollars that support their discoveries. In recent months, faculty members have secured numerous grants to support stem cell-based approaches to study […]

D’Juan Farmer receives inaugural Choi Family Postdoctoral Fellowship

D’Juan Farmer grew up in a neighborhood where attending college—let alone pursuing a PhD or postdoctoral training—was not the expectation. Now, he’s earned the inaugural Choi Family Postdoctoral Fellowship, which provides support to recruit exceptional postdoctoral fellows to USC Stem […]

University honors Gage Crump and other faculty for mentorship

USC Stem Cell scientist Gage Crump is one of seven faculty members with ties to the Health Sciences Campus receiving USC Mentoring Awards. The awards recognize faculty who exemplify the best in mentoring activities and programs, creating environments that further […]

Broad Fellow Joanna Smeeton fishes around for stem cell-based treatments for arthritis

USC Stem Cell scientist Joanna Smeeton knows what arthritis can do to people: she’s witnessed the annual exodus out of her native country of Canada during the winter months. As this year’s Broad Fellow, she is exploring stem cell-based approaches […]

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 […]

Gage Crump, Yang Chai and Rob Maxson receive $3.3 million NIDCR grant

With craniosynostosis—a birth defect estimated to occur in roughly one out of every 2,500 live births—the fibrous joints (or sutures) fuse together prematurely, leaving the cranium little room to expand to accommodate the growing brain. In a mild case, this […]

What I’m reading: Gage Crump and Andy McMahon offer top picks

Gage Crump: In the latest issue of Science Translational Medicine, Katja M. Heinemeier and coauthors use “bomb pulse” labeling to provide new insights into cell turnover in our joints. This technique takes advantage of the temporary high radiation levels in […]

ELife study describes how arthritis originated in primordial fish

We all know someone affected by arthritis—as well as that old dog down the block. But according to a new study in eLife, arthritis is much more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously suspected. In the study, Amjad Askary […]

Lindsey Barske wins NIH Pathway to Independence Award

Years ago, Lindsey Barske pulled on a pair of tall rubber boots and began a journey that led from her college research experience on the muddy Alaskan tundra to her current postdoctoral studies in the USC Stem Cell lab of […]

Development study uses zebrafish to understand the role of cartilage in bone repair

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 […]