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May 25, 2017

Jay R. Lieberman receives $2.2 million NIH grant to fund research on healing difficult bone injuries

By Erica Rheinschild

Jay R. Lieberman, chair and professor of orthopedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California has received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to research gene therapy to enhance repair of extensive bone injuries. Examples of these types of injuries include fractures with extensive bone loss, non-healing fractures, failed spinal fusion and revision of total joint replacement.

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May 25, 2017

Meet PhD student Albina Ibrayeva, presenter at the ISSCR 2017 Annual Meeting

By Cristy Lytal

What happens to the stem cells in our brains as we age? Albina Ibrayeva, a PhD student in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Michael Bonaguidi, will address this question in a presentation at the prestigious International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Annual Meeting in Boston in June 2017. We recently caught up with Ibrayeva to chat about her upcoming presentation.

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May 24, 2017

Stem cell scientist D’Juan Farmer named inaugural Choi Family Postdoctoral Fellow at USC

By Cristy Lytal

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 Cell laboratories.

How did Farmer do it? “Willpower,” said Farmer, who is pursuing his postdoctoral training in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump.

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