Stories by Cristy Lytal:
What makes a face? USC lab examines key family of genes
Scientists note that the absence of certain types of genes affects the formation of cartilage or jaws.
Perfectly punctual or fashionably late, it takes all kinds of cells to build a kidney
USC scientists show how progenitor cells that form the kidney’s filtering units mature into entirely different types of cells.
How the body balances its immune system
USC study finds that some blood stem cells are better than others at resisting systemic disruptions like aging.
With comic book styling, biology grad Kella Vangsness paints stem cells as superheroes
‘Stem Cells: The Heroes of Disease’ depicts stem cells waging a war against the villainy of disease.
A budding surgeon fascinated by the untapped potential of stem cells
After seeing his father survive cancer, graduate Malcolm Gebauer found value in using stem cells as therapeutic agents in numerous diseases.
Particle shows promise to prevent the spread of triple-negative breast cancer
Like a smart bomb, the potential treatment delivers a cancer-fighting drug directly to cells, deterring metastasis to the lungs.
Joint replacement surgery for arthritis may not be needed in the future
The promise of a new molecule means patients could opt for a shot to heal their injury, USC Stem Cell scientist says.
Real estate CEO shares his drive for diversity with students
Ross Minority Program keynote speaker says his success proves that Trojans can also make their mark in the industry.
Cultural treasures in your own neighborhood? They’re all over L.A.
USC Price students use their camera skills to create media featuring everything from mariachi music to street vendors.
Why nerve cells die in ALS and some dementia cases
Scientists use study to focus their search on new therapies that can treat these devastating diseases.
Stem cells used to build bone and fight cancer
Supported by the Broad Foundation and their mentors, two Trojans take innovative approaches to ongoing health issues.
Stem cell study of jaw development could offer insight into craniofacial flaws
Humans sometimes carry a mutation in equivalent genes, USC researchers find.
Using stem cells to restore hearing and build a stronger heart
Two of USC’s best and brightest scientists study the inner ear and heart tissue regeneration.
A love of science in Argentina leads to stem cell research at USC
Susana Cavallero’s study of a parasitic infection was just the start of her work on cardiovascular disease.
Women in real estate take on wage gap and work-life balance
USC event brings together women who want to shape cities and drive decisions for development.
Zebrafish models developed by USC scientist to explain how stem cells repair damaged organs
Gage Crump’s team earns $8 million National Institutes of Health award for outstanding achievement in research.
High school student gets an early start in stem cell research at USC
At 17, he’s learning about kidney research and more as a summer intern in the lab of scientist Andy McMahon.
Biologist takes artistic view of science — and the results are stunning
Amanda Kwieraga uses acrylic and ink on wood panels to create “Art for Science’s Sake.”
With the click of a camera, USC professor tracks New York City’s transit development
Photos go to the USC Libraries’ Digital Library, where they will help other researchers analyze neighborhoods near subway stations.
USC researcher looks for a pattern in ALS cases
Kim Staats is drawn to the clinical relevance of research in Justin Ichida’s lab, which explores ALS mechanisms.
Flawed fish jaws shed light on hearing loss in humans
Scientists believe that a zebrafish with a malformed jaw offers revealing findings for colleagues in radiology, audiology and genetics.
Stem cell researcher takes on the brain’s fight against age-related diseases
Kazakhstan native and PhD student Albina Ibrayeva envisions a future where research and medicine advance everyone’s well-being.
USC scientist ‘reprograms’ roving immune cells in Alzheimer’s research
The novel, less invasive approach produces functional nerve cells for patients.
Stem cell scientist defies expectations through sheer determination
Intrigued by medicine as a teen, D’Juan Farmer became the first person in his family to attend college — and now he dreams of running his own lab.