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December 15, 2014

Neil Segil uses stem cells to seek treatments for hearing loss

Neil Segil (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Neil Segil (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

By Cristy Lytal

During most of his twenties, Neil Segil couldn’t really imagine pursuing a career in science and being a professor. Now he’s doing both — as a principal investigator with USC Stem Cell and a professor of research in the departments of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“I enjoyed doing experiments and working in the lab, but wasn’t very eager to run one,” he explained.

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December 13, 2014

USC Stem Cell researcher Cheng-Ming Chuong named fellow of national science association


Cheng-Ming Chuong (Photo by Philip Channing)

by Leslie Ridgeway

Keck School of Medicine of USC scientist Cheng-Ming Chuong has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Chuong, professor of pathology at the Keck School and principal investigator with USC Stem Cell, is the only USC faculty member to be elected this year.

The award, given to AAAS members by their peers, was formally announced in the association’s News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 28.

Chuong’s research focuses on morphogenesis — how cells are assembled into functional forms. Some of his recent research studied the cellular and molecular basis of complex pigment patterns in bird feathers to understand how stem cells become organized into particular tissue patterns and shapes.

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