Stories by Cristy Lytal:
Fighting climate change by eliminating jargon
USC Price’s Wändi Bruine de Bruin investigates public perceptions of climate change, sustainability and other topics using insights from psychology.
Do our brains age faster than the rest of our bodies?
A team led by USC Stem Cell scientist Michael Bonaguidi demonstrates that neural stem cells — the stem cells of the nervous system — age rapidly.
USC scientist awarded $2.5 million NIH grant to explore ‘synthetic’ embryonic development
USC Stem Cell’s Leonardo Morsut will use the grant from the National Institutes of Health to better understand developmental programs by building them in his laboratory.
USC Stem Cell study identifies molecular ‘switch’ that turns precursors into kidney cells
The new study builds on previous work in Andy McMahon’s laboratory at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Halfway through Biden’s first 100 days, USC professors predict what’s next
Policy experts at USC Price assess President Biden’s initial actions and prognosticate on his administration’s next steps.
Fruit flies can regenerate their hearing cells — can that help people?
A USC study may provide a new way to understand and develop treatments for the hundreds of millions of patients worldwide who live with hearing and balance disorders.
Broad Clinical Fellows take a stem cell-based approach to liver disease and bone loss
This year’s fellows — including physician-scientists Johanna Ascher Bartlett, Kevin Collon and Allen Zhong at USC — are using stem cell research to develop treatments for patients of all ages.
From grains to brains, USC scientist uncovers the roots of disease
Jianfu “Jeff” originally studied rice and wheat. Now he studies human neurological disorders.
Ya-Wen Chen looks for ways to regenerate damaged lung tissue, and new grant will help
Stem cells could one day enable sick patients to breathe better, and the American Lung Association supports the work.
Robert Hellwarth, 90, pioneer in laser technology and professor for nearly 50 years
The professor of physics, astronomy and electrical engineering at USC was an innovator as well as a beloved mentor.
USC scientist Albert Almada puts muscle into stem cell research
After an injury ended his hopes of a career in professional baseball, he found his true calling — in the lab.
How remote work is changing our careers, commutes and lives
Professors at USC Price examine the expected — and unexpected — consequences of so many companies and organizations pivoting to remote work.
COVID-19 has dealt a serious blow to the U.S. economy
USC researchers have found that, by both sickening the workforce and changing people’s behavior, the coronavirus has been an economic disaster beyond even the Great Recession.
Certain stem cells can hurt bones instead of healing them
According to USC research, Sox9-positive cells can lead to painful bone spurs developing at the edge of joints in many arthritis patients.
What California’s 2004 stem cell ballot proposition has meant for USC
The passage of Proposition 71 created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which has led to massive advances in USC’s stem cell research and benefits for the state, the economy and patients alike.
New study traces the evolution of gill covers
USC stem cell scientists have identified the gene that is responsible for the formation and diversification of gill covers in fish and beyond.
USC Stem Cell mentors keep high school program on track amid COVID-19
Ten outstanding local high school juniors from schools near the USC Health Sciences Campus get the education experience of their young lives, thanks to dedicated USC graduate and postdoctoral students.
Broad Foundation brings together stem cell scientists, engineers and physicians at USC and beyond
Strategic initiatives include innovation awards bringing together teams of engineers and scientists and clinical research fellowships for physician-scientists.
USC scientist receives fellowship for underrepresented minorities in biomedical research
Ebony Flowers has already received three fellowships as a postdoctoral fellow at USC, including her latest from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program.
Lizards’ immune systems are not only for fighting germs, but also for regrowing severed tails
Researchers from USC and colleagues describe how immune cells help lizards accomplish this incredible feat of regeneration.
Baxter Foundation supports USC research on epilepsy and lung injury
Grant’s will fund Ya-Wen Chen’s studies of how stem cells repair lung injuries and Vishal Patel’s work examining regions of abnormal brain tissue that cause seizures in epilepsy patients.
Design redundancy is in our DNA, and that affects genes’ behavior
The principle is at play in the regulation of the genes responsible for directing stem cells to multiply themselves in a developing embryo, USC research finds.
USC stem cell scientist named to newly endowed professorship
Justin Ichida has been named the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Associate Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC.
USC Stem Cell scientist Ya-Wen Chen grows miniature lungs with maximum potential
She came to USC to start a lab — one that today holds a key resource in the fight against COVID-19 — and to be herself.