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USC is pleased to offer the first master’s program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine in California.

“The program gives students a unique entrée into the rapidly expanding field of stem cell biology in the globally-recognized capital of stem cell science, California,” said Henry Sucov, PhD, director of the master’s program.

Offered by the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the one-year program with an invitational second research year will welcome its inaugural class in Fall 2014.

USC launches California’s first master’s program in stem cell biology


Welcome to USC Stem Cell, a university-wide initiative connecting researchers and highlighting the latest news in regenerative medicine across USC.


April 23, 2014

Postdocs receive Giannini Foundation fellowships

Lindsey Mork

Lindsey Mork, postdoctoral scholar in the lab of USC Stem Cell researcher Gage Crump, PhD

By Amy E. Hamaker

Two Keck School of Medicine of USC postdoctoral scholars recently received fellowships from the prestigious A.P. Giannini Foundation. Lindsey Mork, PhD, received her fellowship based on her work with craniofacial development, and Elinne Becket, PhD, received hers for her continuing study of epigenetics and kidney cancer.

The foundation awards six to eight new fellowships annually to physician-scientists and junior researchers for work that advances biomedical science translation into preventions and cures for human diseases. Fellowships are funded for up to a maximum of three years.

April 15, 2014

Proper stem cell function requires hydrogen sulfide

Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

By Beth Newcomb

Stem cells in bone marrow need to produce hydrogen sulfide in order to properly multiply and form bone tissue, according to a new study in Cell Stem Cell from the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

Professor Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD, principal investigator on the project, said the presence of hydrogen sulfide produced by the cells governs the flow of calcium ions. The essential ions activate a chain of cellular signals that results in osteogenesis, or the creation of new bone tissue, and keeps the breakdown of old bone tissue at a proper level.

April 4, 2014

Dhont Family Foundation invigorates USC colon cancer research


Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD (Image courtesy of USC)

By Amy E. Hamaker

Colon cancer research at USC received a boost from the Southern California-based Dhont Family Foundation, as the foundation renewed its commitment of its $1 million gift to fund Heinz-Josef Lenz’s research in colorectal cancer at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Lenz, MD, who is a principal investigator with USC Stem Cell as well as the associate director for clinical research and co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, has conducted several breakthrough research studies.

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