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June 15, 2017

The faculty job search just got easier, thanks to two USC Stem Cell postdocs

By Cristy Lytal

“I think we’re all here for the same reason,” said Michaela Patterson, a postdoc in the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. “We’re considering applying for faculty jobs, and we’re at a loss for where to start.”

To prepare themselves for the rigors of the application process, nearly 50 postdocs came from departments across USC to attend the first installment of “Preparing for the faculty job market.”

The three-part seminar series is the brainchild of USC Stem Cell postdocs Patterson and Lindsey Barske. The two secured funding for the series from USC’s Center for Excellence in Research, as well as the participation of both junior and senior faculty from the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

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June 14, 2017

Broad Clinical Research Fellows strive to regenerate lymph nodes, liver and kidney

By Cristy Lytal

The lymph nodes, liver and kidney are not passive filters for toxins, but complex organ systems that perform an astonishing array of critical functions. To help patients who have suffered damage to these organ systems, this year’s Broad Clinical Research Fellows are pioneering new regenerative strategies.

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June 12, 2017

USC researcher Kim Staats looks for the pattern in sporadic cases of ALS

by Cristy Lytal

USC postdoctoral researcher Kim Staats found her calling when a childhood neighbor was diagnosed with ALS, a paralyzing and fatal neurodegenerative disease. At the time, Staats was pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology at Free University Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), with plans to either practice or teach physical therapy after graduation.

As a kinesiology student, Staats asked herself: What if people with ALS do a lot more exercise? Would that give them a muscular buffer against this paralysis?

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